Interest and enrolment in university-level foreign-language programs in the UK are plummeting, writes Katrin Kohl, vice chair of the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Oxford. Programs focusing on functional foreign-language skills are growing, however, Kohl writes. While such an approach might work for adults and college students, Kohl calls for more emphasis in primary schools on the types of language programs that will engage young learners and help develop the next generation of linguists.

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