Bernardette Holmes

Every language matters: MFL in 2016-17

We need to spread the word about our subject’s worth

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If ever we needed to extend our world view and encourage young people to value languages, that time is now. The message that every language is important is more relevant than ever, whether that is learning a new language or developing one that you speak at home.

And yet, these are challenging times for teachers of modern foreign languages: exam boards are axeing qualifications and university departments are discontinuing courses. There is good news, too, though: research is still going strong and languages teachers have plenty to be enthusiastic about in the coming academic year. Here’s an ...

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