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Welsh primary school pupils to learn additional MFL

07/07/2015 Joanna
Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has outlined plans for pupils to learn an additional modern foreign language (MFL) beginning at primary school.

Speaking at the German Embassy’s Sommerfest der Deutschen Sprache's Head Teacher conference, Mr Lewis said he wanted Wales to become a 'Bilingual Plus 1' nation to enable it to rise to the challenges of globalisation.

Under the minister's plans, children will learn English and Welsh from the start of school, with a third or fourth language being introduced at Year 5.

"I want us to be a nation where it is the norm for pupils to learn and become excited by a modern foreign language from Year 5 of Primary school," he announced.

Mr Lewis is to ask the Global Futures steering group to advise on how and when to implement the changes to MFL learning.

The changes follow on from the announcement of a plan to improve MFL provision in Wales, Global Futures, which will take effect in September. 

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