[EDLING:130] UK: Thousands of pupils miss out on learning languages after schools drop them
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Thu May 17 22:25:11 UTC 2007
Thousands of pupils miss out on learning languages after schools drop them
Thousands of pupils are being denied the chance to study a foreign language at
GCSE, figures showed.
Many schools have not taught languages courses, including French, German and
Spanish, to children over 14 for two years.
It follows Government guidelines in 2004 that relaxed rules making it
compulsory to study a foreign language for GCSE.
Critics warned it could damage Britain's "international competitiveness" by
depriving students of essential language skills.
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