On the news this morning. Fall in numbers studying French and German, while the switch to other languages does not compensate for this drop. At least British government and industry are showing some concern at this state of MFL affairs. Language learning is at its lowest level in the UK's secondary schools since the turn of the millennium, with German and French falling most. BBC analysis shows drops of between 30% and 50% since 2013 in the numbers taking GCSE language courses in the worst affected areas in England. A separate survey of secondaries suggests a third have dropped at least one language from their GCSE options. In England, ministers say they are taking steps to reverse the decline. The BBC attempted to contact every one of the almost 4,000-plus mainstream secondary schools in the UK, and more than half - 2,048 - responded. Of those, most said the perception of languages as a difficult subject was the main reason behind a drop in the number of pupils studying for exams. Read more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-47334374.