Leadership

UK’s Huge Languages Skills Deficit Revealed By Erasmus Exit

By deciding to withdraw from the EU’s world leading international education exchange programme ‘Erasmus+’, the UK has undoubtedly shot itself badly in the foot. Simon Sharron writes how this Brexit 'surprise' serves to underline again the lamentable state of language learning in the UK.

The move brings back into painful focus the crisis of languages learning in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It sheds a dim light on the government’s woeful lack of a national languages strategy. Its myopic reliance on the currency of English as a global language is widely disputed as a cogent strategy to expand ‘unfettered’ international trade with Europe and the rest of the world.

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