Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Principal Backs Call to Improve Language Skills


Media Release, 17 June 2003 For immediate release


Christchurch Principal Backs Call to Improve Language Skills

“The earlier the better”, says one Christchurch primary school principal.

Selwyn House School head, Jane Lapthorn believes introducing a second language at intermediate or secondary level is too late and children at pre-school should be encouraged to learn another language.

Mrs Lapthorn says the latest brain research shows the earlier the children learn a language, the better.

“But we’ve always known that, so the recommendation to introduce another language at intermediate or secondary level is curious”, she says.

Selwyn House has taught Spanish at the Selwyn House pre-school for the last two years, and French and Spanish in the primary school for many years. Jane Lapthorn says it’s an extension of our teaching philosophy, which encourages the children to be “life long learners”. Learning another language also uses all levels of thinking, which include, repeating, recognising, recalling as well as applying, creating and predicting.

Mrs Lapthorn says learning other languages allows the students to benefit from the personal enrichment of global abilities associated with learning the world’s languages however she sounds a word of warning.

“Adding another language may put additional pressure on an already crowded curriculum. What are schools going to leave out of the curriculum? We work very hard to find good, native Spanish and French speakers because in their early malleable years, children need to hear the right emphasis, and correct pronunciation.”

Jane Lapthorn says the success of the language curriculum at Selwyn House speaks for itself.

“Parents are thrilled by the curiosity, enthusiasm and growth of their children, both at pre-school and primary school age,” she says. “Learning another language helps our students develop positive attitudes towards cultural diversity.”

Selwyn House School is located at 122 Merivale Lane, off Papanui Road just up and across the road from the Cotswold Inn in Christchurch.

Photo Opportunity: Spanish being taught in the Pre-school (ages 3 and 4) and French in the Primary School (Year 1-8) - colourful musical instruments, singing and excited language learning! Please let me know when you would like to visit.


For more information, please contact: Ali Jones
Ali Jones Public Relations
Mobile: 027 247 3112

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland