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Young ‘dreaming of living abroad’

Posted by LibeRaCe on August 28, 2008

A survey conducted by PCP Research found that seven out of ten young people want to live and work abroad when they leave education.

The survey of 560 UK students from 11 to 18 years of age found that, although they had a yearning to live and work abroad, 58% of them didn’t speak a second language, but 71% wished they could.

The research seems to confirm that schools need to provide young people with encouragement to learn new languages, which goes against the removal of compulsory language classes for 14-16 year olds in 2004. GCSE results have since shown a reduction in pupils taking languages. Westminster have now targeted primary school pupils, by giving them the chance to learn a language by 2010.

Story from BBC News

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