Don’t cut for­eign lan­guages

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - FEEDBACK - Shou­vik Datta

I think it is a mat­ter of great con­cern that A lev­els in lan­guages like Ger­man, French and Span­ish are be­ing axed by col­leges. This is par­tic­u­larly sur­pris­ing in light of the fact that there has been an un­der­spend of over £130 mil­lion in the 16-19 bud­get for each of the past two years (“Cash-strapped col­leges forced to ditch A lev­els”, 4 Au­gust).

One of the rea­sons that Bri­tish work­ers are los­ing out in many work­places is that im­mi­grant work­ers al­most al­ways know at least two lan­guages very well. The gov­ern­ment and lo­cal li­braries should main­tain fund­ing for lan­guage learn­ing at cur­rent lev­els. Also, if the UK could re­main in the Eras­mus scheme [the Euro­pean Union stu­dent-ex­change pro­gramme] af­ter Brexit – both Nor­way and Turkey are in it, de­spite not be­ing mem­bers of the EU – Bri­tish stu­dents will con­tinue to re­ceive much-needed ex­po­sure to other Euro­pean lan­guages and so­ci­eties.

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