[lg policy] UK: School languages crisis as pupils reject subject

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 1 19:19:22 UTC 2009

Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

Times Online

School languages crisis as pupils reject subject

The number of bright students taking a modern language at GCSE has
fallen to a record low, it was claimed today.

It has plummeted since the Government stopped making it compulsory for
pupils to study a language beyond the age of 14.

Only 75 per cent of the highest achieving third of teenagers take a
modern language at GCSE, compared with 94 per cent in 1984.

It is thought that although primary school pupils are being introduced
to a foreign language many already in secondary school will not have
had that exposure and are being turned off by the subject.

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