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Are languages becoming popular again after rise in GCSE entries?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by TES_Rosaline, May 24, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    GCSE French and Spanish entries have seen an increase, but are you surprised by the rise?

    ‘Figures out today show modern foreign language (MFL) entries at GCSE have risen by 4 per cent compared with last year – the first significant increase in recent years.

    The statistics from exams regulator Ofqual show French and Spanish entries increased by about 4 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, while German entries fell slightly, by 2.5 per cent.’


    What are your views about the increase? Have languages finally turned a corner?
  2. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    Need more information. Are there more/fewer studentsbthis year overall? Are schools getting pupils to do fewer gcses?

    The heralded increases at a level seem a bit overblown. An extra 15 people dojng German.
  3. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    GCSE could be independent schools switching to gcse from igcse. The govt announcement doesn't say enough yet.
  4. La_Rojigualda

    La_Rojigualda New commenter

    Entry numbers are not what we should be looking at. I have Y10 students unable to even introduce themselves in Spanish after many years supposedly studying it. Of course, they are in the same class as other students who actually like the subject and can and want to get high grades, which they would do much easier if our lessons were not constantly interrrupted by the former. Many schools place children in MFL when they should not attempt GSCE. With their lack of engagement and attitude and our lack of time to offer yet another Spanish club for false complete beginners, they might make up the entry numbers, but let's look at the results too.
  5. ChocolateChunk

    ChocolateChunk New commenter

    The issue here is that the new GCSEs are not suited for all students. There should be vocational paths available for students whose literacy skills are poor as it is not always related to enthusiasm and self-motivation. The drawback is that these GCSEs are not in the League Tables and will present very little interest to the Headteacher.
    agathamorse and Lelly64 like this.
  6. Lelly64

    Lelly64 New commenter

    ChocolateChunk you have it spot on. I firmly believe in Languages for all, but the new GCSE is most certainly not accessible to all. Up until 4 years ago we offered an NVQ Language course for the lower ability groups, which was very successful. Unfortunately, as this no longer counted in the League tables, we were not allowed to teach it. Children at the centre of Education? I think not.
    agathamorse likes this.
  7. gsglover

    gsglover Occasional commenter

    I do not like the notion that examined elements are the only worthwhile ones- what happened to enjoyment and practicality?

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