Best Practice

Motivating students to engage with language learning

Languages and humanities
With languages no longer compulsory at key stage 4, showing students the relevance of languages and inspiring them to want to take their learning further is key. Karine Kleywegt looks at her school’s approach.

Since the removal of the requirement to study a modern foreign language at key stage 4, secondary schools have seen a severe drop in students opting to take a GCSE in the subject.

While the move to compulsory key stage 2 language study in the new primary curriculum from September 2014 is welcome, secondary schools are still fighting the reality that students perceive languages as a “hard” subject and feel inclined to drop them at GCSE.

We all know that language skills are incredibly important in later life, providing learners with a competitive edge in career choices in the international jobs market and in a world where speaking only English is becoming less of an option.

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