I'm sure we've all heard how in other countries, language classes start in elementary school. As I got to know my foreign exchange student, I found out that she has been studying english for 9 years. So my question is, why do we not start learning foreign languages in school until 7th grade?
According to Diane Bales at http://www.fcs.uga.edu/pubs/current/FACS01-6.html, learning a language is easier before the age of 10. After that, your brain's language connections are well-established to your first language. Once we get so set in our ways, it is harder to pick up other languages.
As a student struggling my way through High School Spanish class, I really wish I had started earlier. It's such an important skill to have when looking for a job, and it such an easy thing to fix. I personally don't see any reason to hold it back. Sure, when I was in elementary school we had "spanish club" but it didn't teach anything and didn't meet enough. I think adding a foreign language subject to public elementary schools would be beneficial to everyone.
What do you think? Would adding foreign language to elementary schools be beneficial?