THE DEPARTMENT of Education for England is contributing just £0.12 per year per child, the cost of a chocolate biscuit, towards the cost of introducing the teaching of modern foreign language in primary schools, figures given to the BBC reveal.
From September this year just over three million English seven-to-eleven-year-olds will receive foreign language classes as part of the government’s ‘drive for a revival in languages’. The government is spending £350,000 to help with the introduction of compulsory languages, an average of £3.60 per class per year per year, the Gazette calculates. The Gazette requested confirmation of these figures from the Department for Education for England but did not receive a response.
Funding for specialist primary language teachers was cut some time ago and there is a severe shortage of primary teachers with good language skills, according to a study published by the British Council and the CFBT Educational Trust. Over half of the 600 primaries surveyed for the report had no teachers who had studied a language after the age of 18, and in nearly a quarter all teachers had given up foreign languages at 16.
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FOLLOWING A BBC Panorama programme which filmed students at British colleges, including Eden College London, apparently cheating on Toeic tests (see front page), immigration authorities have requested US testing giant ETS to suspend both its Toeic and Toefl tests in the UK for candidates taking the exams for visa purposes. The UK will still accept ETS tests taken overseas. Apart from
By Melanie Butler
UP TO 30,000 students from the south of Italy aged fifteen to eighteen are expected to head abroad this year for EU-funded language courses and exams. Many of the 2,000 teachers accompanying them will also have EU funding for ‘certification’ courses, though whether this must include methodology or will cover language improvement classes is not yet clear. The total funding for the project, which will see students being enrolled in courses overseas starting this month, could exceed €30 million.
Language testing will form an integral