A new report from the Dutch government recommends English teaching to begin at 4 years old when children first start primary school.
As is well known, the earlier someone starts, the easier it is to pick up a foreign language. Beginning English at 4 will give Dutch children a headstart when it comes to speaking English and will lead to a more employable and competitive global workforce in the future.
Already Dutch children are well ahead, beginning English far younger than most of their European peers, but this will push them even further.
In addition, the report recommends that classrooms become even more student centered with the focus on students as individuals.
This can only be a good thing. It will mean more jobs for English teachers in the Netherlands and a future population even more employable and with even more opportunities in the global marketplace.
The only question is: why don’t other countries do this?