A series of articles on learning English in Britain has prompted a debate about how the language should be taught and whether the country should be using it as a global lingua franca.
The BBC’s English-language service, the BBC World Service, recently published a series of posts highlighting how British children are struggling to learn the language and whether its teaching should continue to be carried out in a foreign country.
One post, by the National Language Academy, claimed that the UK “needs a global, universal language” that could “bridge the global divide” between English and the rest of the world.
The post also claimed that learning English could help children who have “mixed feelings about their mother tongue”.
But the posts have provoked a backlash from parents and teachers, many of whom claim that it is an over-reaction to a child’s inability to learn a language that they have no control over.
One mother who has a seven-year-old son with dyslexia said that the English-learning posts were “so ridiculous” and that it was “not a good thing for him”.
Her son’s teacher has also been criticised for promoting a particular approach to teaching English to children.
The National Language School said that it had recently changed its policy on how to teach English to pupils who have dyslexias.
“We now have a new policy on learning in English which says we will take English lessons from our children when they are learning to read and write and we will give them a translation of their words,” the school said in a statement.
“As part of this, we will also ask them to complete a project in which they have the opportunity to learn English in their own language, which we will then translate into their own words, in English.”
“It has been a bit of a surprise, but we are trying to be more careful in how we are using English, because there are many issues with the way that we teach our children,” it added.
One of the posts, published on the BBC’s News website, stated that “our children are the reason why we have an English-speaking nation.
They are the ones who bring English to us”.
The BBC did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Independent.