Why Learning Languages is never wasted!

I stumbled across this article thanks to Simone Smala – a leading researcher in the field of Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

It has some great points on how the learning of a language can benefit children, even if they never achieve fluency.

The assumption that there’s no point to learning/teaching a language if a person won’t become fluent in it / earn money/get a job because of it is a big stumbling block to the experience and delivery of quality language programs, especially in Australia, where the capitalist mind-set says that it’s only useful to learn an Asian language because we might benefit financially from that.  No one seems to ever challenge these assumptions, not even with the obvious question:  which Asian language? Because you would still be excluding most of them by only choosing one!

Learning Languages has so many other benefits, including developing open mindsets, respect and an attitude of hospitality to those around us.  I love the way this article demonstrates this so delightfully through sharing the language experiences of a child.

Click here to watch the video – it’s worth the moment it takes to watch.  It summarises the article (link here).




2 thoughts on “Why Learning Languages is never wasted!

  1. Justine
    What a brilliant post! Love it. I will pass it on to our new French teacher and she can maybe do a post at school.

    Hope you are well! How is your year panning out? I have been sick this week…all too much! Got LSL next week and off to do the Kumano Kodo hike in Japan with some friends. A bit crazy really. Never again….
    Had progressive reports…loads of data gathering, needs analysis, interviews, programs due, IEPs and the list goes on….when can one draw breath. And I only get paid for 3 days and I swear I have worked 6 over the last 4 weeks!

    Life is grand otherwise,
    Anni xx


  2. Vielen Dank!!! Alles ist immer soooo beschäftigt!!! My head is spinning being in two schools too, but learning lots. I really hope you recover quickly so you can enjoy the hike! It sounds like such a wonderful adventure. Sad I won’t see you at the German conference but so lovely to hear from you 🙂


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