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27th January 2015, 12:30

Language learning in the UK: 'can't, won't, don't'

In terms of language learning, we’re a nation of committed non-swimmers faced with a swimming pool – anxious about diving in and not convinced of the joys of taking the plunge, writes John Worne in the Telegraph.


14th January 2015, 11:22

Learning a language after 10 years of age boosts brain power

Learning a second language in early childhood has long been known to boost brainpower. Now a new study suggests that the effects extend to those who learn a language from the age of 10 onwards.


10th December 2014, 09:36

Star Wars Ewokese to Star Trek Klingon: how do you invent a language?

Constructed languages, or ‘conlangs’ as they are known, have always fascinated diehard fans. Could their creators be on the frontier of how we define language?


24th November 2014, 09:16

'Language learning opens up new horizons'

It's worrying that so few pupils continue with languages, says Frances Suc-Diamond, writing in The Telegraph, especially when they open the door to new horizons


12th November 2014, 13:21

Most UK school language students unable to do more than understand basic phrases

According to a Guardian survey of young people and language learning, more than four in ten students of Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese say they would “have difficulty understanding, speaking or writing anything”


21st October 2014, 10:54

Rod Liddle of the Sunday Times learns German with Chris Polatch Language Courses

"Can Teresa, from Chris Polatch Language Courses, do in a few sessions what Mr Webb failed to do in five years, and teach me how to hold a lengthy and perhaps intimate conversation with, say, Claudia Schiffer or Angela Merkel?"


22nd September 2014, 10:09

Is technology a silver bullet for language teaching and learning?

echnology such as Twitter and videos does support language learning, but teachers will only see the benefits if it goes hand-in-hand with a change of pedagogy


10th September 2014, 10:30

Language teaching help announced for teachers

A network of foreign language teaching hubs is to be set up across England to boost the language skills of teachers.


29th August 2014, 12:26

Deeply elitist UK locks out diversity at top

The UK is "deeply elitist" according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders


12th August 2014, 12:02

Modern languages 'recovery programme' urged by MPs

Not enough people in the UK have ability and skill in crucial foreign languages, argues a report


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