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

Poll Results: 2,194 votes    vote on this poll
Immediately: preschool/kindergarten
1st to 4th grade
5th to 8th grade
High school
Other (explain)
Not until college

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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.

Derya Z.
Monday August 18, 2014, 5:51 AM

I think a child should learn a second language or foreign language at home if the parent is really concerned about their child speaking another language. Learning a foreign language during Pre-K and Kindergarten may be a little too much for them. Some of them are just beginning how to write their name and now they have to learn how to write in another language. They don't have a great vocabulary selection at the tender ages of 3-5 in English so once again, How are they to learn another language? It's better off if they grow up speaking a 2nd language at home or later on in school (5th-8th). The young children should focus more on English. Such as learning how to write and read at this age.

Carol Johnson
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:49 AM


Stardust Noel
Friday August 15, 2014, 8:09 AM

If they need to learn one, as early as possible, I guess.

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