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Jane

Yep, more money wasted on another fatuous report! Nothing said about the years of not teaching foreign languages at schools and universities closing down their foreign language departments because of, well, no students applying because there presumably weren't 'enough of the right opportunities' to take French GCSE and A Level. Ooops, sorry, forgot, the BC is all about learning English, innit? How could they possibly comment on our own homegrown youngsters?

David

My guess is that having produced a report which apparently threw brickbats at the young and the schools, and unable to pull it because they had a co-sponsor, the British Council's Director of World and Evolution or whatever it is wants to distance the org from such a politically incorrect conclusion. Not least because they have their "Connecting Classrooms" and International Awards to think about. After all, if young people have narrow horizons then how come schools everywhere have been winning "prestigious awards" for internationalism?

Mark

I thought it was the British Council's job to promote international opportunities to British youngsters via Erasmus etc. Isn't it working?

British students' unwillingness to experience life abroad is being eroded by the increase in tuition fees; this problem could end up fixing itself.

Neil Robertson

Patronising British Council nonsense as you suggest ...
churned out in a week when for example Scotland has gone panda mad and Scottish women curlers won gold medals in the European Championship in Moscow (yon place whaar The Britsh Cooncil wisnae paying its taxes mind?) ! And I do wish the BBC would stop recycling all this British Council tosh and running nightly BC trailers

Neil Robertson

British Council really is an irrelevance in respect of the BRIC countries too these days .... http://www.scotlandoffice.gov.uk/scotlandoffice/16328.html

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