Wales launches five-year plan to become ‘bilingual plus one’ nation

A five-year plan has been launched in Wales to improve take up and teaching of modern foreign languages.

Education minister Huw Lewis aims to increase the number of learners studying modern foreign languages at GCSE, A level and university level, drive up attainment levels across the board, and improve the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages.

The plan, called Global Futures, also includes steps to introduce a modern foreign language at year 5.

Mr Lewis said his ambition was for Wales to become a “bilingual plus one” nation with the learning of an additional foreign language beginning at primary school. The Welsh government is investing nearly £500,000 in 2015/16 to help increase take up of modern foreign languages.

“Global Futures aims to dispel the myth that modern foreign languages are reserved for our more able and talented learners,” he said.

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