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November 05, 2004

Huge Drop in U.K. Foreign Language Study

Whether it is a direct result of the growing influence of English worldwide is debatable, but the study of foreign languages in the U.K. is falling dramatically. The Times commented today on the fact that the large majority of comprehensive schools have scrapped languages as an exam requirement - "82% of comprehensives in working-class areas reported that languages have been made optional after the age of 14." The article says the change is "the appalling consequence of the Government’s short-sighted and ill-considered decision to drop languages as a compulsory subject at GSCE" (General Certificate of Secondary Education). As the article goes on to point out, learning a foreign language "makes children skilled in their own language; it offers social and employment opportunities, broadens a mindset, teaches flexibility and bolsters self-confidence."
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