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At what age should children start learning a foreign language in school?

Poll Results: 2,195 votes
Immediately: preschool/kindergarten
1st to 4th grade
5th to 8th grade
High school
Other (explain)
Not until college

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Beth O'Brien
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 6:23 AM

Preschool would be ideal.

Renee M.
Friday September 5, 2014, 5:49 AM

The sooner, the better.

Natasha Salgado
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 11:32 PM

1st-4th grade

Jennifer S.
Monday September 1, 2014, 8:16 AM


Jen B.
Monday September 1, 2014, 3:33 AM


Jen B.
Monday September 1, 2014, 3:33 AM

as soon as they can

Denise D.
Sunday August 31, 2014, 11:36 AM

Preferably from birth, but if not, then as early as possible in school.

Rhonda B.
Friday August 29, 2014, 3:12 PM

As early as possible.

Kimmy H.
Friday August 29, 2014, 12:37 PM

Early on.

Teresa S.
Monday August 25, 2014, 9:19 AM

Other. It depends on which language it is. For non-English speaking countries, I believe English should be taught very early on (so that we can have a global language, and since English is already becoming pretty global), in preschool/kindergarten. Other languages could be optional in late in primary school and high school.

I also think it would be good to have a short introductory course that presents the various languages available and the cultures they belong to, so that children know what to choose.

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