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Friday, October 17, 2014

Are curriculum changes enough to get young people hooked on languages?

The Guardian – Anna Codrea-Rado

“Curriculum changes, a new education secretary and policy reviews all spell good things for language education. But is enough being done to join up the dots?” (more)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Language festival: a celebration of cultural and linguistic diversity

The Guardian – Martin Williams

“Cultural diversity and learning will be celebrated this month in the UK’s second annual national Language Festival. The festival, which launches on 17 October, brings together students, teachers and the wider public in an exploration of a multilingual society.” (more)

STEAM Co to power art-meets-science events in UK schools


“Nick Corston is a man on a mission. He gave up his regular job just three weeks ago, and now, he’s ready to blaze a trail with an innovative project called STEAM Co for — hopefully — all school kids in the UK. “STEM isn’t enough, the world needs STEAM to solve its challenges…when you bring the arts in it develops the skills needed for future economies where left and right sides of the brain are working together.”” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why do Chinese pupils do so well in school tests?

BBC News – Sean Coughlan

“Pupils from Chinese families are often successful in Western school systems – in the UK they have better exam results than any other ethnic group. A study from the Institute of Education has examined why these children of Chinese migrants are so high-achieving.” (more)

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)