Spanish eyes the No. 1 slot in A-level languages

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The worrying decline in modern foreign languages in England’s schools has long been documented, but a new research study now suggests a trend that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.

The authors of the report Teaching Spanish in the UK believe that Spanish could overtake French as the UK’s most popular language at A level in 2019. They argue that the popularity of Spain as a tourist destination is driving the subject’s “extraordinary growth”.

Co-author Teresa Tinsley said: “Pupils think they will have an opportunity to speak Spanish in an enjoyable setting, and they are more ...

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