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Media: BBC: School language decline continues

Submitter: Karen Chung

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

Media Body: BBC News: UK edition Thursday, 3 November 2005

School language decline continues

Learning a modern language beyond the age of 14 is now compulsory in
only a quarter of England's state secondary schools, a survey suggests.

In a similar survey a year ago, by the National Centre for Languages,
the figure was more than a third.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4404998.stm


Karen Chung

http://ccms.ntu.edu.tw/~karchung/
http://lists.topica.com/lists/phonetics/
Issue Number: 16.3190
Date Posted: November 04, 2005

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