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UK language skills shortage is alarming

20 November 2013

The British Council (the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations) has reported that there is an alarming shortage” of language skills in the UK and will result in us losing out both economically and culturally.

The report suggests that schools should teach a wider range of languages and that they should be given the same status as science and maths.

The DfE has responded by stating that from next year it will be compulsory for children from 7-14 years to be taught a foreign language.

As with most matters of our childrens’ education, what happens at home is vital and the British Council also urge adults to learn at least one new language. Perhaps by taking collective responsibility we can do something about a national failing.

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