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Why learning a foreign language is so important in 21st Century Britain

The Blasting News – Violet O’Gorman

“Earlier this month, A-level and GCSE students over the country received results for a range of subjects. One subject area that has been on the decline, however, is #Languages. The number of students taking language subjects at GCSE and A-level has been falling every year. This year, the BBC reported further decline in the number of students taking languages, stating that “entries for French [GCSE] had more than halved in the past two decades.” Lower numbers of modern languages entries compared to other subjects, such as sciences and maths, has been attributed to school funding pressures. It is challenging to find qualified teaching staff for languages, leaving institutions unable to fund smaller class groups.”(more)

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