Languages

Science and language teachers to get £9,000 ‘staying on’ bonus | Education

New science and modern languages teachers in England will receive “staying on” bonuses of up to £9,000 from next year, as the government announced a fresh round of trainee bursaries and scholarships on the heels of pre-election pay rises and increased school funding. The Department for Education (DfE) said that from 2020, new teachers with degrees in physics or chemistry, or in languages such as French or Spanish, would join those with maths degrees in being eligible for “early-career payments”…

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Philip Holmes obituary | Education

My friend and colleague Philip Holmes, who has died aged 74, dedicated most of his life to the study of Scandinavian languages and cultures, in particular Swedish. His 630-page book, Swedish: A Comprehensive Grammar, co-authored with Ian Hinchliffe, was published in 1993 and ran to three editions as well as several shorter spin-offs. But Swedish was not enough – an equally voluminous Danish: A Comprehensive Grammar followed in 1995 (co-authors Bob Allen and Tom Lundskær-Nielsen), and a Norwegian book of…

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Foreign language learning more vital than ever in post-Brexit world | Letters | Education

The fall in the number of pupils studying modern foreign languages (MFL) is concerning and continues a trend started when the government of the day removed the compulsion for our young people to study a language to age 16 back in the 90s (Learn a language? No need for them once we quit the EU, parents tell schools, 3 May). Languages are an essential part of a broad, balanced curriculum. Not only do they provide an opportunity to communicate more…

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Brexit ‘putting pupils off modern foreign languages’ | Education

The aftermath of Brexit and the difficulty of new GCSE and A-level exams have combined to put off young people from studying modern foreign languages (MFL) at school, according to a new report by the British Council. While more than two-thirds of teachers surveyed by the British Council said the difficulty of the exams was causing concern, one in four said Brexit had “cast a pall” over pupils learning any foreign languages, with some parents actively discouraging their children. Teachers…

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