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EC study highlights weak foreign language skills in UK – but aspiration to get better
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Published on 21-06-12

Nine per cent of 14-15 year-old school pupils in England can use their first foreign language (French for those surveyed) independently, according to a new European Commission survey. The average for the 14 European countries covered is 42%. Meanwhile, 39% of adults in the UK are able to have a conversation in a second language, compared to an EU average of 54%.

    EC study highlights weak foreign language skills in UK – but aspiration to get better

    Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "The results of the surveys show that the UK has some catching up to do in terms of foreign language learning and also that the UK public recognises that and wants to improve. So I am pleased that the UK authorities are giving this a high priority in their programme for school reform and in particular proposing an earlier start to language learning for primary pupils."

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