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Friday, September 19, 2014

Beyond the big three: French, German and Spanish aren’t the only languages that matter

The Conversation – Abigail Parrish & Florentina Taylor

“The shortage of foreign language skills in the UK is now a permanent preoccupation…Employers report that they cannot find the necessary linguistic abilities among UK school leavers. The most critical shortage is recorded in languages of the fastest-growing markets: Russian and Mandarin.” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Give languages a fair shout

Times Higher Education – Jocelyn Wyburd

“To thrive in a globalised world, we need a serious policy commitment to languages as key skills at all levels of our education system…Language study is about more than just the acquisition of a means of communication. It brings numerous cognitive and educational benefits and is, crucially, a gateway to understanding the world through the words, thoughts and cultures of others.” (more)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Learn foreign language or miss out on promotion, Army officers told

The Telegraph – Ben Farmer

“Army officers will have to learn a foreign language for promotion under new plans designed to make the Army more culturally aware.” (more)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Concern over drop in numbers taking languages

The Yorkshire Post – Staff Writer

“The number of students taking languages at A-level has dropped for another year running, raising fears that the UK will fail to remain competitive on the world stage…Vicky Gough, schools adviser at the British Council, said, “Understanding another language is key to understanding another culture – and that’s increasingly crucial for life and work.”” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Foreign language skills will boost trade

Express – Helen Massy-Beresford

“The Government must make foreign language lessons compulsory for children aged seven to 16 in order to boost British exports, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) says…“We need a culture change in the UK when it comes to international trade. This means more investment, stronger language skills and a global mindset instilled in people from a much younger age…”” (more)

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Plan Would Exchange UK Tuition Hike for Assuming Loan Debt

Education News – Grace Smith

“The UK is considering allowing universities to raise tuition fees above the cap of £9,000 ($15,146) a year if they will take on the student loan debts…students would repay their loans to their own universities and begin to repay once they are earning at least £21,000 [approx. $35,000] annually.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bilingual nurseries can make children more creative, tolerant and better at solving problems

Day Nurseries – Julia Corbett

“Bilingual nurseries in the UK are helping children to form a foundation to become fluent in multiple languages…Research acknowledged by the National Literacy Trust advises parents and child care providers to take a serious and committed approach to raising children bilingually…” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Firms must address language skills gap

Coventry Telegraph – Jenny Waddington

““Businesses need people with language skills to enable them to expand into new export markets by using the language of their customers to sell goods and services,” said Sophie Howe, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. “Foreign jobseekers are nearly always ahead of their British counterparts when it comes to the number of languages spoken.” (more)

Employers prefer ‘soft’ skills in graduates, study says

BBC News – Staff Writer

“A survey of 198 employers in the UK indicated, for graduates, being good at communicating, a team player, confident and analytical were all more important than having technical knowledge.” (more)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stepney children urged to learn Chinese languages

East London Advertiser – Mike Brooke

“More children are being urged to learn Chinese languages as part of a campaign for London’s East End to lead the country in promoting Mandarin…“We want more students to have the ability to speak Mandarin,” Mayor Lutfur Rahman said. “By the time most of the children born today leave school, China will probably be the leading economic power in the world.”” (more)