The ability to communicate in a different language opens up a greater understanding of other countries, cultures and communities. The ability to express ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to written and spoken language enhances children’s confidence in all communication.
The essential characteristics of confident linguists are:
The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.
Fluency in reading.
Fluency and imagination in writing.
A strong awareness of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.
The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.
An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.