The first school in Britain to teach English as a foreign language
It has been reported recently that a school in Leeds is set to become the first school in Britain to teach English as a foreign language. In today’s video, we discuss the reasons behind this drastic move.
According to reports, the City of Leeds School in Yorkshire is introducing English as a foreign language to all of its pupils, including those who are British-born. It is suggested that the radical change has resulted from a poor standard of English amongst its pupils.
Reportedly, more than half of the pupils came to England in the last four years and less than a quarter learnt English as their first language.
We asked a spokesperson for London Translations for his thoughts on this topic…
“This article highlights one of the challenges of living in today’s multicultural Britain. Only time will tell whether children whose mother tongue is English will have their progress impaired by this move. Given the need to focus on the more formal aspects of language such as grammar when teaching a language as foreign, an unexpected positive corollary could be that those who already speak English may actually benefit from a return to fundamentals. We urge the authorities to monitor progress closely”.
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