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National Curriculum reform: Languages

The Purpose of Study

The Purpose of Study sets out clearly why learning a foreign language is important. The message that language learning is an antidote to insularity and deepens our understanding of the world is, whilst not new, one we can endorse wholeheartedly as languages teachers. We can also welcome the reference to real communication for practical purposes within the opening statement.


The four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are clearly represented in the aims of the National Curriculum section. I welcome in particular the statement about speaking, with its emphasis on spontaneity and enabling learners to communicate `what they want to say' and the reference to `discussion and asking questions'.



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