Biddy Passmore of some of the most academically successful independent girls' schools has shown.
* Xavier North, cultural councillor to the French embassy and director of the Institut Francais, told the conference about the revolution in language-teaching in France where English had become compulsory from the age of five in primary schools since last September . Urging the British to follow suit, he said the world was not becoming more English, but more "plural lingual". English was even losing its lead on the web, he added.
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