The Yorkshire Post is reporting that a new £10m Mandarin programme will see at least 5,000 young people “on track towards fluency in the language” by 2020.
Hundreds of secondary school pupils in England have started intensive lessons in Mandarin Chinese as the first initiative of its kind is rolled out.
Secondary school pupils will study Mandarin for eight hours a week over the course of the next four years.
The programme is being led by schools, supported by the University College London’s Institute of Education, in partnership with the British Council, with the first lessons in Mandarin beginning this week as pupils return from their summer break.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: “A high level of fluency in Mandarin Chinese will become increasingly important in our globally competitive economy.
“The Mandarin excellence programme helps us achieve this, offering intensive study in the language which will not only be personally enriching for students, but will also give them a significant advantage when they enter the world of work.”
Do you think teaching children Mandarin will help them when they enter the world of work? Or are our children stretched enough without learning a new language as well? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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