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Children need stable first language to learn from, says expert

24/06/2009 Kelly
A US professor studying how expatriate children learn foreign languages says it is more important they first have a stable first language.

Professor Laurie Tuller of the Francois Rabelais University in Tours is currently assessing how expatriate children living in France pick up a new tongue, reports

So far she has revealed that forcing a foreign language through TV, books and comics is not always a good way to promote learning.

As part of her three-year funded study she also notes expatriate children speak a slightly different version of English to those back in Britain.

The government has said that every child in the UK will start learning a foreign language from as early as seven-years-old.

The former education secretary, Alan Johnson, said he wanted to put languages "at the heart of learning" because "the earlier you start learning a language the better".ADNFCR-2164-ID-19232795-ADNFCR
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