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The British Council has said that children should not just learn ancient Greek or Latin as a language at primary school. Classical languages have been given a boost in recent years due to campaigning from the Education Secretary Michel Gove and Boris Johnson. However the council is critical of the Government's suggestion that children should be restricted to learning just one foreign language as part of the compulsory element of the national curriculum. Instead they suggest that a range of languages should be made available "including those of the high-growth economies in Asia and Latin America".
The council has argued that if pupils are only able to learn one language then most will opt for French or Spanish, thus leading to "a reinforced focus on a few traditionally-taught European languages".
"The languages to which primary pupils are exposed should include widely spoken and economically important languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic and languages traditionally taught in the UK."
Read the article here: Seven-year-olds 'should learn Chinese'
on 10 October 2012