England: Chinese language teaching in all schools.
The British Children's Secretary Ed Balls told yesterday on an interview to BBC that all secondary school pupils in England should have the chance to learn a less familiar language such as Chinese Mandarin.
Chinese is becoming increasingly popular in schools in England. According to recent statistics one out of 7 teachers is teaching the subject in England.
- A growing number of schools are now teaching Mandarin and in the coming years I think we will see this subject sitting alongside French, Spanish and German as one of the most popular languages for young people to learn. In this new decade our ties with emerging economies like China will become even more important and it's vital that young people are equipped with the skills which they need, and British businesses need too, in order to succeed in a rapidly-changing world, said Mr Balls to BBC.
In addition to learning Chinese Mr. Balls was also pointing out the economical importance of learning languages in general and the growing importance of Portuguese for trading with Brazil, Spanish in Argentina and Bahasa Indonesia in Indonesia.
Modern languages have been struggling in secondary schools, particularly since 2004 when languages were made non-compulsory after the age of 14. For the most popular languages at GCSE, French and German, take-up declined in England by 45% and 46% respectively between 1997 and 2008.
The lack of pupils studying languages in school has had a knock-on effect in higher education - with some university language departments reporting a shortage of applicants. There have been particular concerns that the lack of language skills will harm the country's economy.
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