Language learning by the very young - new EU study
By activating their natural aptitude for language acquisition at an early stage, the early learning gives children more time to learn and provides a linguistic and cultural experience that can enhance their overall development (cognitive, social, cultural, acoustic, linguistic and personal – as well as a better sense of determination and participation) and self confidence.
The European Commission is strongly in favour of teaching modern languages to young children, to help them not just develop language proficiency but also gain a wider sense of belonging, citizenship and community, and an understanding of how they can realise the opportunities open to them in a multilingual Europe. This study sets out a selection of key background information on early language learning across Europe, including research and good practice. It goes on to identify teaching principles and areas needing further development.