Teaching Foreign Languages At Primary School

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As adults, many of us who didn't get the opportunity to learn a foreign language while we were growing up - or, worse, had the opportunity but didn't make the most of it - regret that we only have the one language at our command. Although it's perfectly possible for adults to learn a new language and start to gain a new grasp of the dialects of their choice, it'd be better to have had the chance while younger and to be reaping the rewards of that knowledge now.

If you're all too aware of how fantastic it is to learn a foreign language as a child and want to pass on the gift to children before they grow up, teaching foreign languages at primary schools is a rewarding career that lets kids benefit from getting to grips with a new language in order to, hopefully, have its secrets at their command as adults.

However you learned your second, third or even fourth language - at school or afterwards in your own time - passing on your knowledge to younger generations is an admirable pursuit. You may be thinking about teaching English as a foreign language in international schools or hoping to teach British children the wonders of French, German, Spanish or any one of the world's beautiful tongues - in any case, your class is bound to benefit from what you've got to teach.

Teaching children a new language can be tricky and, as with any official teaching, is something you must be qualified before undertaking in a professional capacity. This training may be a degree if you are wanting to become a full time primary school teacher or a TEFL course so you can spread the English language overseas - but it must be undertaken so you are adequately prepared for how to handle classroom situations and, more importantly, how, exactly, to teach.

Thankfully, nowadays there are plenty of resources to help teachers when it comes to languages. You'll be able to make the most of myriad books, audio, video and interactive educational software to really help your pupils get ahead and find their tongue in a new language. Don't forget that learning a new language should be fun, too - your students will appreciate creative lesson plans that will keep them engaged and entertained while they learn!

Once your class starts interacting with you and each other in their new language you'll discover how wonderful it feels to be able to impart useful knowledge to others - knowledge that will hopefully help them to continue communicating for the rest of their lives.

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This article was published on 2010/03/26