Feature on foreign languages – is English enough?

I have blogged before about the importance of language learning, particularly in the UK where enthusiam for language subjects such as French and Spanish is in rapid decline. While English remains the international language, demand for linguists is soaring. There can be no doubt that British businesses will lose out if they do not make an effort to overcome language barriers.

I recently took part in an interview, organised by Quadrant, to debate this issue. You can watch it online here.

The UK must do more to ensure that we communicate better with our European partners. This will be good for political relations, but will also have significant educational and cultural benefits for young people.

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2 responses to “Feature on foreign languages – is English enough?

  1. I totally agree with the sentiments in your blog, Mary.

    One measure I very much welcome – started under Labour – is the teaching of modern languages in primary schools. The school where I am governor has standardised on French, and I think it is very popular.

    I still think a lot of research has to be done.

  2. I couldn’t agree more, Mary.

    One very welcome measure under Labour was the introduction of a modern language into primary schools.

    At the school where I am governor, this has standardised to French, though I am not clear whether French or Spanish is easier.

    I think there is room for a lot more research.