7 Nov '14

News Most language students unable to do more than understand basic phrases

Survey of attitudes to language learning in the UK shows young people lacking in skills and confidence The data: Do young people care about learning foreign languages?Foreign language learning in Britain is frequently leaving young people barely with the skills to communicate, with almost eight out of 10 who have studied the most popular languages at school including French and German saying they can do no more than understand basic phrases.According to a Guardian survey of young people and language learning, more than four in ten students of Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese say they would even have difficulty understanding, speaking or writing anything, and for Mandarin students almost half have not progressed beyond this level. Continue reading...

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