Teaching Foreign Language # Essay For IELTS

Some people believe that it is better for individuals to learn a foreign language in their primary schools rather than secondary schools.
Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Give your answer and include any relevant example from your own experience.
Write at least 250 words.

In recent times, more schools have started teaching foreign language in secondary schools but some people argue that it must be taught in primary schools. Teaching a foreign language in primary schools brings with it both positive and negative impacts. In this essay, I will discuss both the advantages and disadvantages of it.

On the brighter side of the coin, beginning a foreign language in the primary schools has great benefits. Firstly, it is very easy for a child to pick up a language. Therefore, learning a language in early years is very easy for them and also very effective. Secondly, kids have short period of classes included with games. Learning a new language in such a play centric environment will be natural for them. Thirdly, it allows the children the exposure of a new culture right from the beginning. It also helps them to learn a new language in later years of life.

However, there are some disadvantages as well. Firstly , the teachers of primary schools are generalist. It might be possible that they themselves don’t have a good command over the language. Secondly, bringing in specialist might harm the flexibility that is very important for a child. Thirdly, every individual learns at its own pace and own level. So there are chances that when a student enters the secondary level, some have great knowledge of the language while others don’t. This could make it tough for the teachers of secondary school.

Overall, I believe that anything that supports learning a new language must be cherished. Although there are some disadvantages, they can be overcome. Even more learning a new language proves to be beneficial for the society culturally and economically, and therefore attempts to make learning better must be made.