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Foreign Languages

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list all the non-European languages taught as foreign languages in Wales and list those secondary schools in which they are taught.

Japanese is taught to a group of sixth-formers, on an informal basis, at Heol Ddu comprehensive school, Mid Glamorgan, and is available as a nine-week module to fourth and fifth-formers in Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, Clwyd. No other maintained schools teach non-European languages.

Pupils Who …
speak Welsh at homedo not speak Welsh at home but who can speak it with fluencyspeak Welsh but not fluentlycannot speak Welsh at all
Welsh CountiesNumberProportionNumberProportionNumberProportionNumberProportion
Clwyd1,3514·71,5795·56,56622·719,34557·1
Dyfed4,85020·12,0408·44,91320·312,39651·2
Gwent370·14521·41270·431,62098·1
Gwynedd6,50040·23,01618·65,41233·51,2527·7
Mid Glamorgan2970·73,7079·11,7424·335,05785·9
Powys4675·73424·21,26815·66,07474·5
South Glamorgan3461·25802·11,6325·825,64190·9
West Glamorgan7242·86582·51,8717·122,91887·6