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Elementary Education in Wales.

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Elementary Education in Wales. THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH. A Parliamentary paper was issued on Sat- urday containing the report of Mr A. G. Legard, chief inspector of schools for Wales, on the present position of elementary educa- tion in Wales and Monmouthshire. It is an interesting document, and surveys the Welsh educational system as a whole, with the ob- ject of ascertaining how far the elementary 11 schools are playing their proper part in this organisation. Mr Legard points out that no system can really flourish unless it is supported by national sentiment, and has won the affections of the people. In the case of Wales it is clear, he thinks, that educa- tion has got a firm hold of the popular sym- pathies, just as it has in the northern part of Great Britain. The self-denying efforts of parents in many portions of the Princi- pality to enable their children to enjoy the benefits of a good education, the inspector affirms, deserve warm recognition, and it is a significant fact that at one of the Welsh colleges more than one-third of the students are the sons and daughters of artisans or of the labouring classes. Dealing with the teaching of English to Welsh children, Mr Legard observes: "In some of the Welsh- speaking districts children never hear a word of English outside the schools, and so the English language is something quite apart from. their daily life and interests, and is merely a vehicle for school lessons. I can- not but feel that in the Welsh-speaking parts of Wales English might be better taught than is at present the case. It is the instrument of instruction, but it is only very partially a subject of instruction. Should it not be frankly recognised that English is a foreign language, and that it should be taught by the best methods of teaching foreign languages? Welsh child- ren should not merely learn bookish English but they should be encouraged from their infant school upwards to talk in the foreign tongue about things that interest them- their homes, their games, and their pet animals and when a vocabulary is acquired simple rules of grammar will gradually be deduced, and the children will be trained in due course by speaking correctly to write correctly."

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