Teachers unprepared to speak languages
Some secondary foreign language teachers were "unprepared" to use the language in class, Ofsted said this week. The watchdog's report, Modern Languages: Achievement and Challenge 2007-10, recognised the significant efforts made in recent years to support languages, especially in primary schools. Schools minister Nick Gibb said the English Baccalaureate would motivate students to continue studying a foreign language until 16. "Ofsted has cited good progress in the teaching of languages in primary schools, which is something the Government wants to promote further," he said.