Mind your languages

UK“For Michael Kelly, director of the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, the message is simple: ‘British-educated people lack the language skills to operate in a global environment’. Only 2% to 2.5% of students choose modern language degrees, and perhaps a similar proportion take languages as part of a broader programme, while others try to make up the deficit through extracurricular programmes. Although figures for the last category are not easily available, Kelly estimates that just 6% to 7% of British graduates leave university with ‘survival skills’ (or better) in at least one foreign language, while only about 5% are really able to function effectively. There are dozens of reasons for thinking this a very worrying state of affairs …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 2 July]

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