Recent changes to the school curriculum have meant that languages are no longer compulsory for students over the age of 14.
Brighton, UK (PRWEB UK) 10 May 2013
UIC London, a language school based in the capital, has raised concerns about the teaching of foreign languages to children. Recent changes to the school curriculum have meant that languages are no longer compulsory for students over the age of 14. This, says a UIC spokesperson, is at odds with an increasing demand for a second language from employers.
The spokesperson explained: “There is a continuing rise in demand from employers for staff who can use foreign languages, and an increasing demand for non-European languages such as Arabic, Russian and Chinese. This can only increase in the future.”
This increasing demand for a foreign language qualification has seen more students attending specialist language schools.
“We have seen big increases in the numbers of students studying foreign languages with us,” the UIC London spokesperson continued. “Language graduates are also generally in demand across the board for the broad range of skills they have – the experience of having lived abroad make them versatile and practical.”
There has been a lot of debate recently about how the changes to the national school curriculum will affect the teaching of foreign languages. One thing is certain: In an increasingly global working environment, learning a second language is essential.
As it stands, foreign languages remain compulsory only in primary school. The shelving of the EBacc qualification means that learning another language will remain optional from the age of 14. Nick Byrne, Director of the LSE Language Centre, told the Guardian: “If a subject is not compulsory, then it is a matter of choice, and if it's simply a matter of choice, then it's no longer a priority.”
One proponent of learning languages is Boris Johnson, the London Mayor. Mr Johnson has been instrumental in the development of the London Schools' Excellence Fund, and some of the £20million budget will be spent on improving language learning.
Mr Johnson told the BBC: “Many schools in London are doing tremendous work, and have high expectations of their students. They are not afraid of teaching the 'crunchy subjects' like maths, languages and sciences, or putting their children on a meaty diet of reading the classics or learning grammar.
“There is some fantastic practice already evident in some London schools and our funding will allow those successes to be shared across the city.”
Many parents, however, remain concerned that their children will not get the language education they need to equip them for success at university and beyond. That's where specialist language schools such as UIC London can help.
UIC London is a dedicated language school that teaches a range of modern languages including German, French, Arabic, Portuguese and Italian. The school caters for both child and adult learners and teaches a wide range of both long and short courses, including special holiday programmes.
“The teaching by Thomas has been great; I feel I have benefited from the small class size and native teacher whose first language is French rather than being his adopted language as I have experienced in the past,” said Amar, a graduate of one of French courses the school offers.
“The staff are very friendly and approachable. Overall, a great experience and I look forward to starting the next level.”
Anyone looking for more information about learning a language can visit the UIC London website.
UIC London is a British Council accredited English school offering modern facilities, experienced staff and a mature, social environment. As well as being a ‘highly trusted sponsor’ of the UK Border Agency the school has won both the Star Award (voted on by travel agents worldwide) and the British Council Award for Innovation.