British Council survey reveals six in ten UK adults wish they’d kept up the foreign language they studied at school

A survey commissioned by the British Council has provided an important reminder of the value of modern languages. The key findings of the survey are as follows:

  • British Council survey finds that 66 per cent of UK adults did not appreciate benefits of studying a foreign language when they were at school;
  • 64 per cent wish they had kept up the foreign language they studied and 58 per cent regret not spending more time studying;
  • 10 per cent of UK adults tried learning a language during the first lockdown period, with smartphone apps the most popular study method;
  • 66 per cent think languages should be compulsory at primary school and 79 per cent at secondary school;
  • Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese considered the top three most important languages for young people to learn.

To read more, visit the British Council website.

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