Should all high school student learn sign language?Watch
TLDR: I don't want schools to be like ok sign language is mandatory but so is MFL still. Can't have both sign language and MFL mandatory either one or the other, I want more people to speak another language but as a whole just don't believe that making languages mandatory at GCSE level is a good thing anyway.
Its not exactly a useful 'language'. Might be for a small minority of people but the vast majority will never use it unlike foreign languages which im all for seeing being taught more.
By all means offer it as an optional extra after school or whatnot but wasting students time which could be spent on something useful for this comes across as little more than a disservice to them. Especially when they have so many other things they actually need to learn these days.
No, learning a whole language from scratch in secondary school will simply not work for a lot of students whom learning a foreign language doesn’t come naturally to. It would need to be taught over a consistent period of time but to replace MFL with BSL would probably be more inefficient in the grand scheme of things, given the significantly lower chances of someone needing to use BSL.
But don't think that forcing pupils to learn and language beyond KS3 level should be a thing anyway. I would prefer it pupils started learning a foreign or sign language (not both only 1 and this excludes pupils with learning difficulties) from reception and then once a pupil is in KS4, they should not under any circumstances be made to do a language at GCSE level, it should be completely up to them. So start teaching kids languages earlier in school but let them drop earlier too.
Yes, I do agree with your point about kids being taught foreign languages earlier, as your brain during the ages from 5-6 is very malleable. Hence, if you learn a foreign language in the infants in primary, you're more likely to learn it quicker.