The fact that Britains have been shying away to learn foreign languages for years might be sad but is nothing new in itself. However, when we take a look at the latest data the Guardian brings us, we can clearly see that numbers dropped further this year.
Particularly the number of students taking their A levels in German and French fell, although French is still more than twice as popular as German with 12,500 students this year compared to less than 5000.
Other modern languages among those Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Polish and russian are slightly more popular but the numbers still make experts worried.
They claim Britain needed a new strategy for foreign language adoption similar to how STEM subjects are being advocated. If career options were more clear this might have a stimulating effect on students.
On the one hand, it’s not that complicated to understand that if mainly STEM subjects are recommended, languages are likely to go to the dogs.
On the other hand, there seems to be the notion of languages being referred to as ‘soft subjects’, possibly with the exception of English, thus something you can learn at a later point in life, something to round your profile but not more than that.
via The Guardian
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