Language Education | Harriet Collings

By: Keir Pearson

There’s a lot of furore over language teaching at the moment. In general, language instruction has long been undergoing a cutback in favour of ostensibly more “useful” subjects, particularly the sciences. As a young boy at secondary school, I was forced to choose between my two great loves – science and languages. In the end, I was able to pursue both, but it left me with an indelible impression of the critically endangered state of language education in the National Curriculum.

The problems are, to an extent, understandable. When English is the world’s…

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