In England, language study has declined so much that the exam regulator, Ofqual, recently decided to lower grade boundaries in GCSE French and German to encourage teenagers to take them. iNews reports.
Can anything be done about our struggles? Or should we lighten up about it? A former Downing Street education expert has told i that seriously improving our language ability is not a high-enough priority to justify the vast expense involved.
If things weren’t bad enough, Brexit is likely to pose further problems. If working on the Continent becomes more difficult for Britons, it may weaken the incentive to learn a language.
Paul Noble who runs his own language centre believes that “if maths were taught the way languages are, there would be an uproar because everyone would be innumerate”.
In UK schools, “the words they choose to teach you, the order they teach them in, the grammar they start with, everything is back to front,” he says.
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