A-level language marks improve after criticism exams were too hard for non-native speakers

The Evening Standard is reporting that the number of top grades awarded in language A-levels has gone up following criticism it was too hard for non-native speakers to do well.

Today’s results show that 41.4 per cent of German A-level exams were awarded an A or A*, compared with 39.6 per cent last year.

In French, the top pass rate was up, with 39 per cent scoring the top grades compared with 37.3 last year.

In Spanish 36.9 per cent of students scored an A or A*, while last year the figure was just 34.4 per cent.

Mark Bedlow, director of regulation at OCR exam board, said the number of people taking modern foreign language A-levels was still declining but the decline was slowing and in Spanish it had been reversed. 

Sharon Hague, senior vice president at Pearson, said there are a “whole host of other languages” that students take at A-level which are thriving — unlike modern foreign languages like French or German.

Today’s results come after exam regulator Ofqual made changes to help non-native speakers do better.

Exam boards were asked to increase the proportion of students achieving a grade A and above by one percentage point in French, German and Spanish A-levels.

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