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11/11/00
English Speakers Condemned as Arrogant
- Report pushes earlier language education for monolingual Brits

SPEAKING loudly to foreigners will no longer be an acceptable linguistic approach if the findings of a new education report are followed up by the government.

The influential Nuffield Foundation said Britain should leave behind its "deplorable monolingualism," and teach its children foreign tongues from a much earlier age than the present 11. "We cannot expect everyone else to speak English," said the report's chairman, news reader Trevor McDonald. "It is a very arrogant position to take."

Britons are famed for their uncanny ability to raise their voices - ARE YOU LISTENING! - in not-very-successful attempts to make themselves understood but future generations could enjoy the benefits of multi-lingual education if the report's recommendations are taken up.

These include: Starting foreign language education at age 7; making university entrance dependent on attaining an A-level in at least one language other than English and creating hundreds of special language primary schools that would create bilingual pupils by the age of 12.




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