Thousands of Liverpool primary children will learn a foreign language as part of their normal school day in a three-year pilot project starting in September. Children will learn French, German or Spanish from the age of four. There will be partner schools in Germany, France or Spain, and children will communicate with e-pals via the internet. Each school's language wil be reflected in school signs and house names, and will be used in taking the register as well as in specific lessons.
The City Council hopes the children will become bilingual. Council Leader Mike Storey said:"If we start early - from the day they start infant school - by the end of their primary days they could be well on the way to becoming fluent."