Slump in Languages ‘will cost British pupils dear in jobs market’

Only a couple of days ago I blogged about my alarm at companies bringing foreign workers as there are not enough language graduates in the UK. I therefore read with interest an article in the Evening Standard on Tuesday 24th August 2010 with the above headline.

The article should be a tip for all current students or recent graduates, go on a language course! Make yourself even more competitive in the jobs market and develop your language skills for a better future. Open up your world and see how many more opportunities you will have if you have this extra skill in your portfolio.

I feel that the government should at least bring back compulsory language learning at GCSE level to encourageĀ  sustainable employment for future generations. We should not assume that everyone can speak English. Can we start a campaign to support this? Any thoughts from teachers out there with differing opinions?

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