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Proposed Early English Lessons

The Swedish Liberals propose that children must start learning English as soon as they start school. But this has been attacked by two leaders of the Swedish Academy.

The Folkpartiet liberals are a member of the current governing coalition and currently are holding their bi-annual conference, where the proposal on English teaching has come up.

But the current and former Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, which chooses the Nobel Prize for Literature, write in broadsheet Svenska Dagbladet that this proposed change is on the one hand based on an over-evaluation of the significance of English in the world today, and on the other hand represents an unnecessary strengthening of the status of English in Sweden. And they point out that learning foreign languages is a lot easier if pupils get the chance to learn to read and write in Swedish first.