‘You live a new life for every language you speak. If you only know one language, you only live once.’ Czech proverb
We teach languages to engender a deep understanding and love of language, being careful not to underestimate the ability of our children to grapple with language beyond their current understanding from the very beginning through engaging and age-appropriate activities. We can plan for this through early and regular exposure to high quality and authentic oral, aural, visual and written language sources in the target language, framed within carefully structured, meaningful and purposeful linguistic and cultural learning contexts and activities, avoiding using the target language purely in isolation or in a ‘rote’ fashion. Making purposeful inks with the wider curriculum (e.g. grammar) can strengthen both the mother tongue and the understanding of the target language. Knowing another language opens childrens’ minds to other cultures and different ways of thinking, widening their understanding of themselves and the world and builds individuals who are competent and confident to function in other linguistic and cultural settings.