Written by: Xuân Phi, 21/3/2022
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 22/3/2022
Question: Some people believe that schools should teach foreign languages for primary school children. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?
(IELTS Academic – 19/3/2022)
It is argued that primary school students should learn foreign languages as part of the curriculum. This essay will explore the advantages and disadvantages of doing this and why the merits prevail over the drawbacks.
To begin with, there is a considerable disadvantage to teaching foreign languages to primary school students. The main one is it adds to their already burdensome volume of schoolwork. Since these primary school students are often subjected to a hectic curriculum with mounting homework and in-class assignments, the addition of a foreign language may make it even more difficult for students to study effectively. For example, the Japanese Ministry of Education recently attempted to incorporate English into the national curriculum for elementary students. However, it was met with backlash from parents as they complained that their children are already encumbered with a heavy workload from other core subjects.
However, there are some major advantages a primary school student can gain in learning foreign languages. First, they can be exposed to new and diverse cultures. As language is a defining characteristic of a nation’s culture, students can subsequently acquire a greater understanding of how people of that nation typically communicate with each other and by extension how their society functions culturally. Second, learning a foreign language can assist in developing primary students’ cognitive abilities. In doing this, they will learn how to recognize complex patterns and use critical thinking skills to make sense of the new knowledge they are acquiring. Hence, such skills are beneficial for a child’s education as they serve to expand the thinking abilities of the brain.
In conclusion, while learning a language can add to the already cumbersome amount of schoolwork, I assert that it is more advantageous for primary schools to teach their students foreign languages as they can serve to expand their knowledge about new foreign cultures and they help sharpen their cognitive skills.
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Khối lượng nặng nề
A hectic curriculum
|Một chương trình giảng dạy bận rộn|
Chương trình giảng dạy quốc gia
To be met with backlash
|Gặp phải phản ứng dữ dội|
Đã bị cản trở sẵn
New and diverse cultures
|Nền văn hóa mới và đa dạng|
|A defining characteristic of sth|
Một đặc điểm đặc biệt của một thứ gì đó
Developing primary students’ cognitive abilities
|Phát triển năng lực nhận thức của học sinh tiểu học|
Các mẫu phức tạp
Critical thinking skills
|Kỹ năng tư duy phản biện|
Kỹ năng nhận thức