Swiss are talking the right language

13th October 2000 at 01:00
I APPLAUD the decision by the Swiss to teach English in Year 2 and French from Year 4.

Perhaps our government should think about future job benefits for British children. Starting to learn a foreign language in Year 7 is far too late. Children's minds are at their most receptive between three and five and the next most receptive phase is from five to 10.

We are now fully paid-up members of the European Union. If there are to b free nursery places for all three-year-olds, perhaps the Government could think about bringing in language specialists to our nurseries and schools, then build on this excellent start. Our children would be fluent in a language by Year 7.

It is good that most young Europeans can converse with foreigners. What percentage of our children can do that?

K Connelly

44 Milton Crescent

East Grinstead, West Sussex

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