English children won't always be top of English class

English pupils often keep their heads down in English lessons to avoid being singled out, for fear of ‘showing off’ or through boredom

Learning English in France when you are an 'Anglo' is not as simple as you may think, as Clara Villanueva discovered when her daughter started at a new school in France

“Don’t worry, she’ll soon pick up French,” the village teacher reassured me when I called her from London before we moved our 10-year-old daughter to France.
As it turned out, the issue wasn’t her French but her English.

I’m Spanish and my kids are trilingual so I thought English would be an easy ride for them. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“How come you’ve only got 16 [out of 20] in English?” I asked my daughter when she brought home her school report. I was surprised and disappointed that she wasn’t top of the class.

How did her teacher, who was incapable of pronouncing the letter H, dare mark down my daughter who had a much ...

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