Foreign Languages Finds No Takers Due to TV's Influence: BBC Journalist

by Tanya Thomas on  June 27, 2011 at 8:40 PM Education News
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A BBC journalist has suggested that the TV, Internet and music are turning teenagers off learning foreign languages.

Kate Adie, who speaks French and German, said it was a "huge shame" that demand for foreign languages had dropped off in schools.
 Foreign Languages Finds No Takers Due to TV's Influence: BBC Journalist
Foreign Languages Finds No Takers Due to TV's Influence: BBC Journalist
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"What you do have is the influence of both the internet and pop music and TV," the Daily Express quoted her as saying ahead of a conference to nurture teachers' interest in languages.

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"When you can get these three in your own language, young people might be quite reasonable to ask: 'Why bother with another one?'

"One of the great misnomers is that English is the most-spoken language. In the future, languages like Chinese will be heard all over the world," she added.

Around 11,000 fewer students took French GCSE last summer - a drop of 5.9 percent on 2009. Entries for German dropped by 4.5 percent, around 3,300 down.

Source: ANI
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