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Is Crimea giving up on learning English?

Crimean politicians are calling for English language teaching to be dropped in the Russian -held enclave of Crimea, according to  reports in the Ukrainian press.

Citing Russian state media, Pravda Ukraine reports, “the so-called Speaker of the State Council of Crimea”, Vladimir Konstantinov, has asked why we should “blindly follow the path of the English language? Why teach something that is not needed if a person never goes to London?

“Let’s study our own languages, develop our own languages.

“The English have been at war with us for thousands of years,” Konstantinov claimed, somewhat surprisingly, given that England, which only became a unified country in 925 AD,  first fought Russian troops in 1807 and didn’t fight a war in Crimea in the 1850s

 “We continue to study them, spending money on teachers, wasting time,” Konstaninov added.

Image courtesy of Sergey Bobylev
Melanie Butler
Melanie Butler
Melanie started teaching EFL in Iran in 1975. She worked for the BBC World Service, Pearson/Longman and MET magazine before taking over at the Gazette in 1987 and also launching Study Travel magazine. Educated in ten schools in seven countries, she speaks fluent French and Spanish and rather rusty Italian.
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