A First Additional Language (referred to as FAL) is a learning area included in the curriculum as a second language that the children learn. This is a language the children are less fluent in than their home language, but they will reach a stage at which they are comfortable to speak, read and write this first additional language.
We live in a multilingual world, where connections are now more important than ever and it is vital that we empower our children with the opportunity to explore the languages of our country. Learning another language has been proven to significantly benefit an individual. According to Middlebury Language schools, here are some of the benefits of learning a second language:
- It improves your memory
- Enhances your ability to multitask
- Improves your performance in other academic areas
At CHP, isiZulu and Afrikaans are taught as First Additional Languages.
All children from Grade 1-4 learn both Afrikaans and isiZulu as First Additional Languages. At the end of Grade 4, the children are asked to choose one of these languages to specialise in for Grade 5 – 7.