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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