Reports suggest that, in order to fill places after a drop off in demand, universities are offering places on modern language degree courses to students who only have GCSEs in the language(s) to be studied and who have not taken it at A level. Is this ok or not?
We have received the following message from Professor Catherine Leglu from Reading University:
The article by the Sunday Times, which you have reproduced and are running a survey around, is inaccurate. Ab initio language teaching is the norm in university education and a lot of universaities have always taken post-GCSE entrants at ab initio level. The journalists who wrote this story seem to have misrepresented the issues, despite having spoken to Reading’s Dept of Modern Languages and European Studies’s Language Co-ordinator.
We have published a blog post giving the facts and explaining why GCSE level qualification is anything but a problem in itself.
mles/2014/08/01/reading- reacts-ab-initio-language- degrees/
Prof. Catherine Leglu
Dept of Modern Languages and European Studies
Professor Catherine Leglu
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