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Compulsory Language Lessons in England: Many teachers “ill-equipped”

A new research showed that around 23 per cent of primary schools in England had teachers whose highest language qualification was a GCSE, according to a report by BBC News. The results of the research come as all primary schools in the country are expected to provide language lessons to students from seven to 11 years old starting September.

The research suggests that primary schools are increasingly becoming ill-equipped to teach language to their students. According to BBC, the study said many primary schools did “not have access to teaching staff with specialist training in the teaching of languages to young children.”

Around 31 per cent of primary schools had teachers with an A-level in a foreign language while only 30 per cent had staff with a language degree.

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Education stages a child can go through

The main objective of education is to relay knowledge and discover new learning. It is a process of absorbing information for immediate or future use. Informal education starts at home, when parents begin passing down a set of knowledge, skills and behaviour. A child is subjected to parental training and discipline, which parents hope will be the foundation of his overall growth.

As a child grows up, informal education transect with the formal one. Formal education starts when a child enrols in a school, where learning is institutionalized to include the general public.

Many countries have made it compulsory for a child to undergo basic education before attending additional academic training in college. Read the rest of this entry