While browsing around the education pages of the big papers I came across this article. The writer shares with me (and many others) a sense of dismay about the state of language teaching in Britain today.
The decision to make languages non compulsory was a short sighted decision, apparently due to the fact that the government believes that there are some pupils for whom languages are a waste of time. How ridiculous! The statement that gets me is;
“Baroness Morris adds that “it certainly was never intended that all and sundry would drop studying languages.”
Well duh! Languages are difficult. And pupils tend to perceive them as yet more difficult than they are, seeing them as impossible. Of course they are going to go for the ‘easier option’. By making languages compulsory for only three years the message has been sent that languages are not important.
In summary – languages are difficult and unimportant.