The British Council wants primary teacher roles opened up to those who can speak the languages of the emerging global economies.
New government proposals specify that a single language should be taught at primary age, but the organisation is concerned that this will more often than not take the form of a European language, the Independent reports.
This, the British Council believes, would result in "a reinforced focus on a few traditionally-taught European languages".
Instead, it wants to see pupils exposed to a range of languages related to business interests.
"The languages to which primary pupils are exposed should include widely spoken and economically important languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic and languages traditionally taught in the UK," the council told the news provider.
The government's move to make foreign languages compulsory for primary pupils was welcomed by the shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg.
"Children will get a love of learning languages if they get a chance to learn them younger," he told the BBC.
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