One of the many benefits of teaching languages at
primary school is the chance it gives us to use the new language
both in discrete lessons and across the curriculum, as well as
throughout the school day.
In this way, the new language is given
status, not only as a curriculum subject, but as a means of
communicating with others.
Children (and staff) are thereby given a
valuable opportunity to practise language in different contexts and
reinforce their understanding and skills.
Teachers with any level of experience of
teaching primary languages can make links to other subjects,
beginning where they feel comfortable (e.g. with a short mental
maths game conducted in the new language) and building on this to
plan further opportunities.