Teach everyday vocabulary ‘to keep students interested in foreign languages’

BT News is reporting that a report has found that by teaching everyday vocabulary, it can help students to succeed in learning a foreign language.

Teachers striving to help British students master a foreign language need to teach commonly used words instead of simply jumping into specialised subjects if they want their pupils to persist, a report has found.

The Teaching Schools Council, a body that works with government and other stakeholders to improve educational standards, published the Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review report on Friday.

The report revealed less than half of pupils take a GCSE in a language and instead recommended the “vast majority of young people” should study a modern foreign language up to age 16 and take a GCSE in it.

The report reads: “There is some evidence that weak vocabulary teaching is a major part of the low standards achieved by many British pupils.

“A consequence of not attending to frequency of occurrence in vocabulary choice is pupils realising that they cannot say or understand basic things in the language.”

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