Language learning is important. Loads of kids are taking languages other than English (or LOTE). Lots of people are teaching them.
But for all that, we’re just not learning them. So why not? Are we doing it wrong? Not starting early enough? Or is it the culture of language learning in English-speaking countries? More importantly, how do we fix it?
Language teacher Annie Demosthenous chats with Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Part 1: Why LOTE is having trouble
Fewer students are taking languages
It’s difficult to teach LOTE anyway, with students get 1 hour a week.
We don’t have a culture of language learning in English-speaking countries
What’s the big deal? Everyone speaks English
Part 2: How to fix it
Should we be getting students to speak their home language (if they have one), instead of making everyone choose Indonesian or French?
How about dual-language programmes?
How about language nests?
Just making language learning compulsory?
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