It really does upset me that the popularity of foreign languages is sharply dropping here in the UK. I really think a culture change is needed if we want to keep up in the global market – speaking ‘the global language’ will not always cut it.
Languages courses are in free fall: university applications have plummeted and department closures are accelerating uncontrollably. Over the past 15 years the number of universities offering languages degrees has dropped by 40 percent. That is pretty shocking considering that the world is becoming increasingly interconnected and globalised.
I will not go on a languages student rant tonight, but here is my latest article for my student paper looking at concerns over languages A-level marking. If the perception of languages as being tough and risky A-levels persists, student numbers will only continue to drop.