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Bilingual children should have more opportunities to speak Danish, says a board member from the Association of Danish Teachers.
Bilingual pupils must be challenged to a greater degree in Danish if they are to have a chance of becoming better at it.
Denmark: This is what Jens Raahauge, boardmember of the Association of Danish Teachers, says upon a new statement from Copenhagen Municipality, which shows that a big part of bilingual children have difficulty with the Danish language.
A total of 44.2 percent of non-Western pupils in Copenhagen preschool classes were in 2015 rated either to have "a need for comprehensive language stimulating actions" or "a need for extra language stimulation".
To address the problem the children must play with Danish words already before starting school, says Jens Raahauge.
Jens Raahauge also points to the many efficiency improvements within the child care area as one of the reasons that the Danish skills of bilingual children are poor.
Original text by Ritzau