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GCSE results: fall in numbers taking foreign languages 'a cause for concern'
Number of students taking German at GCSE fell to its lowest ever level this year, while the number studying French also saw a steep decline.
Plans to boost the number of pupils in Britain studying foreign languages have faltered as the latest GCSE results showed steep declines in the numbers taking French, German and Spanish. The number of pupils taking German at GCSE fell to the lowest level on record in this summer’s exams, with a 10% decline on the previous year – meaning the total studying German has halved over the past decade. French – the most studied language – fared little better than German, with a drop of more than 6% in entrants this year, adding to a 40% decline since 2005.
“The reality is that as this general decline continues, the UK risks falling behind on the world stage,” said Vicky Gough, schools adviser at the British Council, which has long campaigned to improve language teaching in schools. “Employers are crying out for more language skills. We all need to realise that learning a language isn’t just a rewarding way to connect with another culture, but will boost job prospects too.”
John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “It is no longer possible to presume that business will be done in English, and we have to remember that our young people are competing for jobs in a global marketplace.”
Overwhelming support for foreign languages plan
"Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said the government would now make foreign languages a statutory subject at key stage 2 from September 2014.
The reform is a further step in the government’s drive to make foreign languages a key part of every child’s education, and to stop the slide in standards and take-up.
A major study of foreign languages skills among teenagers in Europe ranked England at the bottom of the table - underlining the government’s need to prioritise the subject... French, German and Spanish were the modern languages identified by respondents to the consultation as the most popular choices for primary schools, followed by Italian and Mandarin. These five are widely considered to be the key languages that will help young people succeed in later life. They give a good grounding for further languages study, at secondary school and beyond, and are important in the world of work."
17 November 2012