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Media: BBC: Will the Olympics help languages?

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition

Media Body: The BBC Website Saturday, 9 July, 2005

Will the Olympics help languages?
By Mike Baker

Clearly it should encourage sport in schools but perhaps it could also
provide a desperately needed boost to improve our dreadful international
record in learning foreign languages?


Karen Chung
Issue Number: 16.2175
Date Posted: July 15, 2005

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