The Pen of My Aunt

We have quite a large population of Polish children in our school.  Some of them speak better English than our native English speakers, some do O.K. Some have very little English.

Compared to how well we would do if we were suddenly shipped to say, Gdansk – they cope brilliantly, and their ability to learn a language as complex as English on the hoof is quite amazing.

I overheard a conversation between a native English speaking child and a Polish child this week, as they were reading one of the dual language story books I have managed to unearth.

Heads bent intently over the text, the English speaker listened as the Polish speaker read her bit of the book.  Afterwards she said admiringly:

‘Every time I listen to someone reading Polish, my ears just get sooo much BIGGER.’

4 responses to “The Pen of My Aunt

  1. “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire’ W B Yeats

    Sounds like fires being lit there, unlike all the schools I.went to.in the 70s and 80s…..

  2. I wonder if schools are missing a trick in not trying to reap the multi-lingual benefits by helping the english-only speakers learn more about other languages, especially as we seem to be so bad at learning foreign languages in this country. Getting them hooked at primary school could be so beneficial. On the subject of dual language books, have you come across Grandma’s Saturday Soup (co-written by my sister in law)?

  3. We had a ’round the world day’ once with each class exploring different cultures and languages. It’s just so hard to fit everything in.

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