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21st July 2014, 15:58

Bilingualism offers 'huge advantages', claims Cambridge University head

Vice-chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz wants education system to allow children to strive to become as bilingual as they can be.

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16th July 2014, 09:42

Drop the Negative Spin on Kids Who Start School Bilingual–They Are a Rich Resource for the Future

There are now more than 1.1 million children in our schools whose first language “is known or believed to be other than English” according to the latest government figures. This confirms a continuous upwards trend that shows no sign of abating.

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11th July 2014, 09:48

Wanting it enough: why motivation is the key to language learning

The reasons for learning a second language can be endless but the secret to success is rooted in the science of motivation

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8th July 2014, 11:57

In a globalised world, speaking only one language is no longer enough

Lack of languages stifles Brits and Americans. But why learn a second language if everyone speaks English? To better understand a culture, or boost your employability in the global economy, finds a Guardian roundtable

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22nd June 2014, 19:10

Foreign languages 'shortfall' for business, CBI says

The UK's education system is failing to produce enough people with foreign-language skills to meet a growing need from business, the CBI has said.

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20th June 2014, 09:55

Mandarin: Confucius Institute aims to boost numbers

The number of students learning Mandarin in England could double by 2019, says Education Minister Elizabeth Truss. A lack of Mandarin teachers has held the UK back, said the British Council

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3rd June 2014, 13:00

Learning second language 'slows brain ageing'

Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.

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29th May 2014, 10:19

Should more UK pupils learn Mandarin?

Thousands of UK pupils sat Mandarin GCSE exams this year. But this is only a fraction of those studying European languages. Is this a wasted opportunity which could cost our economy billions? The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie reports.

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20th May 2014, 12:03

Immigrants should learn English: Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid

Migrants to the UK should learn English, says Sajid Javid, the UK's first Asian secretary of state ...

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16th May 2014, 09:47

Many primary schools 'ill-equipped' to teach languages

All English primary schools are expected to teach seven to 11-year-olds a foreign language from September. However, a recent Languages Trends Survey of 591 schools, showed that many teachers are not confident about this.

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