'Minority' languages under further threat

28th October 2011 at 01:00

As someone from an ethnic and linguistic minority, I welcome the growth in the learning of, and examinations in, community languages ("New fronts in the battle for minority languages", 14 October).

Knowing a second foreign language at an early age in addition to English brings great educational benefits. In most OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, learning another language (usually English) is standard practice, and a second foreign language is increasingly common as well. The unwillingless of English speakers to converse in at least one foreign language can cause resentment.

So long as learning an additional language does not become a substitute for knowing how to speak, read and write English, foreign languages should be seen as an important asset to the country.

Shouvik Datta, Orpington, Kent.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now