Re: Why are schools killing our children's natural ability to speak a second languag
In Australia, it isn't particular discouraged. We have numerous indigenous students, or students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Both languages are encouraged. However, not all schools here promote a second language for learning. There isn't as much of an importance of teaching English from such the basic level. At least not often. I don't see the point in promoting the development of a second language, while so many students/children can't use their native language correctly. (That is very obvious is Australian schools)
I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.