28. 09. 12. - 16:29
English for children
The Austrian Chamber of Commerce has announced it is to finance English native speakers in Kindergartens in the Austrian province of Styria.
For six months the Chamber of Commerce will fund English native speakers at six Kindergartens in an initiative to promote the English language to pre school children.
Jürgen Roth, Vice President of the Styrian Chamber of Commerce, said: "Learning English is essential for the economy."
English will be taught to the youngsters through play and the costs for the as yet pilot project will be picked up by the Chamber.
Roth said: "Learning English from an early age helps children command the language as they get older."
It is hoped the initiative will prove to parents and authorities just what is possible through the project.
The Kindergartens or parents will not have any additional costs.
Trained staff from the UK, USA and Australia will work with the children for six months one morning per week.
The staff are being organized by the "Club International - CINT" in Graz which is an organization which supports the introduction of foreign languages.
CINT president Kathryn List said: "In times of a global economy it is very important children learn English from an early age. An early start will help children in their future careers."