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Tes talks to… Suzanne Graham

Uptake, motivation and attainment in languages are all lower than they should be. So, how can we fix this? The University of Reading academic gives Zofia Niemtus her thoughts on the situation

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Most of the interventions to improve take-up of languages at GCSE and A level have focused on secondary teachers and students. But Suzanne Graham is interested in a different approach: many believe that to influence those teens, you need to get them while they are young, when they are still in primary school. She wanted to know whether that really would make a difference.

“The current focus is to see primary as a way of solving the problems that we have in secondary in terms of uptake, motivation and attainment,” explains the professor of language and education at the University of Reading’s ...

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