Arabic is ranked as a more important language for children to learn in school than French in a report published by the British Council today.
The study, Languages for the Future, also rates Mandarin as more vital than German to the UK over the next 20 years. Spanish, though, is considered the most important language to learn.
The report calls on policymakers to introduce a broader range of languages into every child’s education.
“The problem isn’t that we’re teaching the wrong languages because the most widely-taught languages like French, Spanish and German all feature in our top ten,” said John Worne, director of strategy at the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. More.
See: The Independent