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Teach French at primary school

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I recently went to a newly opened French restaurant in Salem by the name of L'Escargot. I went here because I wanted to practise speaking French. I am very good at writing French but speaking it has been a challenge. After interacting with the staff, I realised that many persons in Jamaica had an interest in learning a second language, with French being among the options.

I would, therefore, like to use this medium to once again urge the developers of the curriculum and the Ministry of Education to take into consideration teaching French from primary school. We have the means and the ability to nurture more translators, interpreters, business personnel and modern-language teachers. If we make this a sole priority, there will be an increase in the number of persons who are able to speak a second language.

It is easier for children now because their brains are still developing. Parents should see learning and teaching their child a second language as vital and important.

I would also like to recommended that more French events be held, giving students, like myself, more opportunities to advance in this wonderful language, as well as encourage French students and every Jamaican to upload on their smartphones apps that will help them to learn this language. Two such apps are Duolingo and Busuu.

I believe everyone should be equipped with a second language. Therefore, I take this opportunity to encourage the people of Jamaica to say oui to French. It's never too late to learn.

SANDRENE MCKENZIE

Westwood High

Grade 9 Student