More young people may choose to study foreign languages to GCSE if they are encouraged to ‘identify’ with languages at school, rather than just learning vocabulary and grammar, new research suggests.

 

The University of Cambridge study found that pupils who learn about the value of languages, how languages shape , and their impact on social cohesion, feel much more positive about subjects like French, German and Spanish; compared with those who only learn the speaking and writing skills prescribed by the national curriculum.

 

The article originally appeared on the phys.org. website but you can read the article in full here. The research referred to in this article can be read as part of your ALL membership in ALL’s Language Learning Journal here.

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