Esperanto in Schools

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Q. Why teach Esperanto in Schools?

A: Because of the reasons why we are teaching a LOTE at all.

These are from the Modern Language Teachers Association website.


1.      Communication


Esperanto is usually considered to be between 5-7 times quicker to learn than most national languages.

Esperanto is completely phonetic. A single, unique letter represents every sound whenever it occurs. There are no exceptions, silent letters, phonemes, or variations due to position. 

The emphasis is always on the second-last syllable, which makes correct oral reading possible from the first lesson.

The advantage of this is that all students get the chance to organize their ideas, to select appropriate words and tone, and express their ideas and feelings, in their new language.


2.      Better understanding of English


The patterns in Esperanto were designed to be easy to see and to use.

For example:


 General Concept: past, present, future


  English: held, hold(s), will hold

              caught, catch(es), will catch

              fell, fall(s), will fall


Esperanto: tenis, tenas, tenos  

                 kaptis, kaptas, kaptos

                 falis, falas, falos


Esperanto encourages the habit of looking for patterns because of its extensive system of prefixes and suffixes, which can be utilized freely and with confidence because there are no exceptions to their applicability.

Since most of the prefixes, suffixes and root words used in Esperanto are derived from Latin or other European languages, there is a high level of transferable learning involved in Esperanto use.

Esperanto is useful for strengthening awareness of grammatical parts of speech as nouns end in –o, adjectives in –a, adverbs in –e and verbs in –as, –is, -os, -u, or  -us, depending on tense and mood.


3.      Social development.

Esperanto programs are fully suited to providing social experiences including games, songs, arrangements and introductions.

A strong network of Esperanto teachers and classes exists internationally and is ready to introduce children to high technology long-distance friendships around the globe.


4.      Learning about other cultures

Over 100 nations have Esperanto associations and smaller groups of speakers live in other countries.

This ethnically diverse, culturally aware, multilingual network provides excellent cross-cultural learning opportunities through books, web-sites, email, letters, CD's and magazines, both paper and on-line, in a full range of styles and subject matter.

A 'virtual school' been established by the International Esperanto Teacher’s Association, in conjunction with UNICEF,  and is being developed further by classes of children from every inhabited continent portraying their own culture in their country’s ‘classroom’.

The Esperanto culture itself is over 100 years old. It involves being aware of national and religious differences and human similarities and encourages friendliness, respect, confidence and fair dealing.


6. Self esteem.


Esperanto is the only language intelligently designed for the express purpose of being a quick and successful second language for everyone.

A child’s first contacts with non-English speakers through Esperanto will be with equals. Both parties will be engaged in the same effort to communicate in a new and challenging way and both can offer and receive help, make mistakes, laugh it off and try again.


7.      Enjoyment and enrichment.


Learning any language has potential to be enjoyable.

High-quality Esperanto teaching aids include picture books, children’s novels, music CD’s, interactive technologies and video resources to support a varied programme based on children’s interests and accommodating a range of aptitudes.


8.      Developing skills for the future.


Literacy skills, problem-solving skills and general confidence in language learning are likely results of learning any language.

Students learning Esperanto can spend more time in application of understandings to creative tasks, synthesis and analysis of texts, and evaluation processes because there is less time needed for memorization of idiosyncratic variations.


9.      Enhanced vocational prospects


Besides teaching and tourism possibilities, Esperanto education enhances vocational prospects by promoting tolerance of cultural variations and providing intercultural knowledge, confidence, and positive attitudes to language learning.

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