Matthew Reisz (Times Higher) and Kate Adie (BBC) have added their voices to the debate about the state of Modern Languages in the UK.
Matthew Reisz summarises the arguments put forward during a conference/debate on The Future of UK Modern Languages (co-organised by the MHRA and IGRS). I attended the conference, held on 17 June 2011 at Senate House, University of London. It brought together academics, employers, journalists and politicians to debate why Modern Languages are so essential to the UK economy (both cultural economy and financial economy).
Kate Adie talks about the difficulty of motivating teenagers to study Modern Languages, warning that TV, pop music and the internet seem to contribute to a ‘why bother?’ attitude. But adopting such an attitude means they miss out on so much… (and recent episodes of The Apprentice confirm this…)