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Great Britain: Teach English history 'in French'

Great Britain 5 December 2009, 00:00

he take-up of modern languages fell dramatically in England after 2004 when they were made optional at GCSE.

Pupils should learn subjects like history and geography in French to stem the decline of modern foreign languages, school leaders have said. 

The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) said pupils learned languages best in a bi-lingual setting. It added that high schools that teach aspects of mainstream subjects in foreign languages had good results.

The take-up of modern languages fell dramatically in England after 2004 when they were made optional at GCSE. The number of entries in GCSE French and German has almost halved since 2002.

Thematic learning

The SSAT, which supports England's 5,400 specialist Britisch schools and Academies, argues teaching other subjects in a foreign language embeds that language in the core of the child's learning. The SSAT gives the example of Tile Hill Wood School and Language College in Coventry which teaches first year pupils areas of their maths, science and music lessons in French.

BBC News

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