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Foreign Languages

Volume 116: debated on Monday 11 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps his Department is taking to seek to stop the decline in foreign language teaching in British schools.

Foreign languages are among the subjects proposed for inclusion in the foundation curriculum for all pupils during the compulsory period of secondary schooling. Last year we issued for consultation a draft statement of policy on foreign languages, which was warmly received. It called for action by the education service to promote increased take-up of foreign language study throughout secondary schooling, a wider choice of languages offered, and greater emphasis on communication skills. We intend to issue the final statement shortly.