37 min

Episode 19: Why study languages at university‪?‬ The Language Revolution

    • Education

Over the last decade, more than ten universities in the UK have closed their modern languages departments, and there is a steep decline in the uptake of languages at GCSE, A Level and at university. Are we too late to reverse this trend? How can we empower teachers to feel confident about teaching languages, and enthuse pupils to love learning languages from an early age? Cate talks to Sascha Stollhans, who teaches German at the University of Lancaster and works closely with schools through their outreach programme and the Linguistics in MFL project, about how linguistics might be the key to the sustainable future of language education, and how we can join up our thinking to save languages at university.

Over the last decade, more than ten universities in the UK have closed their modern languages departments, and there is a steep decline in the uptake of languages at GCSE, A Level and at university. Are we too late to reverse this trend? How can we empower teachers to feel confident about teaching languages, and enthuse pupils to love learning languages from an early age? Cate talks to Sascha Stollhans, who teaches German at the University of Lancaster and works closely with schools through their outreach programme and the Linguistics in MFL project, about how linguistics might be the key to the sustainable future of language education, and how we can join up our thinking to save languages at university.

37 min

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