Poland - Language learning compulsory in pre-school education
Free compulsory foreign language lessons are to be introduced for all five- to seven-year-olds in compulsory pre-school education. Currently, just over a third of pre-primary pupils learn a language, however such lessons are not free. The introduction is being phased in over three years starting this year. It is optional for pre-schools from September 2014 and compulsory for all five-year-olds from September 2015. The process will be complete by 2017. Any foreign language can be chosen but it is recommended that it is the same one as that taught in the local primary schools; this is most likely to be English which is taught in 88 per cent of primary schools in Poland.
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