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What’s Behind Britain’s Resistance to Multilingualism?

Last Updated: 10 May 2019

Uncommon Ground, April 29, 2019

Multilingualism is the norm for most of the world, and yet Britain falls so far behind in both tolerance of this and in reluctance to learn other languages.

The Schools Minister Nick Gibb has set a new target of getting 75% of all pupils studying and taking a foreign language GCSE by 2022. From the coming September all secondary school students will be expected to study a foreign language GCSE and take the exam. Gibb, in an exclusive interview with The Sun, explained that in a post-Brexit Britain it will be important for British people to acquire a second language because it will help “raise our profile in global markets” and “help our businesses to export our products, services and ideas.”

Since the dawn of this century, there has been a considerable decline in the number of pupils studying a foreign language for a GCSE with foreign language learning and a number of schools dropping foreign languages from their GCSE options. In Wales GCSE entries fell by 29% in the last five years. In Northern Ireland there has been a 40% fall in foreign language entries. Read more... >>>>>