Back to past with language plan for Year 5

AN extra year of language teaching will be available in state schools in a bid to improve the literacy and worldliness of our kids.

Languages other than English are now taught to Years 6, 7 and 8 students, but from 2015 state schools will also offer languages in Year 5.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said it was widely acknowledged that learning a language had a positive impact on a student's overall literacy, enhancing learning in other areas.

"This is part of preparing our young people to thrive in a global society," he said.

"Learning another language provides students with communication skills, opens their minds to new ideas and builds social and cultural understanding."

But former Clinton State School principal Yvette Luckock said the announcement was nothing new.

"It's not a significant development," she said.

"Languages other than English, the LOTE program, was originally implemented from Year 5. Personally I believe it should start at Prep."

The experienced language teacher said including Year 5 was a positive step, but the real issue was finding language teachers.

"It's a positive move, simply because in understanding English and another language will only help students to gain employment and be part of a multicultural society."

"But the issue they have is finding teachers who can teach the second language... it's staffing it across all schools in Queensland that is the real issue."

Mr Langbroek said a long-term plan for language teaching was open for public comment.



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