Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

GCSE results: figures show slump in foreign languages and rise in computing (UK)

“Fewer entries for GCSE French, German and Spanish, though grades for languages have improved

The number of GCSE students taking modern foreign languages dropped significantly this year. A total of 302,500 took a language GCSE, compared with 321,000 last year and around 332,000 in 2013.

Entries for French were down 6.2%, German down 9.2% and Spanish down 2.4%. Grades for languages have improved, however, perhaps because brighter candidates are studying the subject.

Since 2005, French entries have dropped by 42%, while German has fared even worse, with a 49% fall. Spanish, however, has seen a 45.3% rise in entries since then.”

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