Do schools in the UK place enough important on foreign language and translation skills?
An article released recently on the BBC website has revealed that almost a quarter of English primary schools do not have a member of staff with a language qualification higher than a GCSE. We take a look at the research in today’s video.
The annual Language Trends Survey has found that 23% of primary schools do not have a teacher with a language qualification higher than a GCSE. The study, which polled 591 primary schools, suggests that many teachers do not feel confident in teaching a foreign language despite the fact that all schools in England will be required to do so from September.
We asked a spokesperson for London Translations for his thoughts on this topic…
“Whilst the spectacle of the monoglot English person abroad is sometimes presented as an amusing caricature, lack of foreign language training in schools risks putting us at a disadvantage in business for two reasons. Firstly, it’s often only by learning a second language that one gains a full understanding of English grammar and etymology. Secondly, given the close link between language and culture, understanding a foreign language teaches skills needed to understand the mind-set of overseas business partners.”
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