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Why should we care? Host country language teaching in international schools

There is a common tension in international schools between the teaching and learning of the host country languages and other world languages. The tendency is to dialogue about 'usefulness', and importance of languages globally, rather than focus on these aspects locally. It is also an area woefully lacking in any kind of research base, so there is no evidence to provide support in the decision-making process. I would like to explore the issue of host-country language teaching through three arguments that I often encounter in discussions about this topic. 1. The host country language isn't very useful, so students would be better off studying French (Spanish, Mandarin, etc...). Answer: Host c

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