Stu­dents mind their lan­guage

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

STU­DENTS across the West Mid­lands are mak­ing some sur­pris­ing choices when it comes to their mod­ern lan­guage A-lev­els, new data has re­vealed.

Pol­ish and French were the most com­mon lan­guages to take in Coven­try in the last round of ex­ams mak­ing the city one of just 10 places around the coun­try where a lan­guage other than French, Ger­man or Span­ish was the most pop­u­lar or joint most pop­u­lar.

The oth­ers were Bolton, Swin­don, Southamp­ton, Waltham For­est, En­field, Not­ting­ham, Hack­ney, Hartle­pool and Knowsley.

Both French and Pol­ish had 20 en­tries each in the city. There were 15 en­tries for Span­ish and seven for Ger­man.

In fact, more stu­dents took Ital­ian (12) and Ja­panese (8) than Ger­man.

Of the tra­di­tional mod­ern lan­guages, French, Ger­man and Span­ish, there were just 42 en­tries in to­tal for the year 2016/17.

But there were much more for the lan­guages fall­ing out­side of the tra­di­tional catagory.

Coven­try stu­dents also took A-lev­els in Rus­sian, Pun­jabi, Dutch, Por­tuguese, Ara­bic, Turk­ish, Per­sian and Chi­nese.

There were a to­tal of 60 en­tries in ‘other mod­ern lan­guages’ – in other words all of them ex­cept French, Span­ish and Ger­man – in Coven­try last year.

In Birm­ing­ham, Ara­bic, which was the third most pop­u­lar lan­guage, and Urdu were more pop­u­lar choices than Ger­man.

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