The English language is one of the UK’s most powerful assets. Learning foreign languages changes people’s lives, educational and employment prospects.
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English-speaking North Africa?
The growing demand for English in traditionally French-speaking North Africa offers huge opportunities. The language is a vector for democracy, free thinking – and UK influence and trade.
Lost for words
Lack of language skills is estimated to cost the UK economy £50 billion a year. But a new report reveals continued worrying trends in language learning in schools in England.
A revolution in on-line education
New online courses are revolutionising education, with important consequences for the UK. Last year a British Council English language 'MOOC' became the most popular in the world ever.