07 Jun 2018

GCSE Modern Languages Scheme ‘Doubles Uptake’

avatar Lucy Jenkins

A scheme to encourage more pupils in Wales to take modern languages at GCSE has reported “significant” success according to BBC News Report.

More than a third of Welsh schools now have less than 10% of Year 10 pupils studying a foreign language.

But the Welsh Government-funded modern foreign languages (MFL) mentoring project said it had seen uptake double in some schools. The scheme trains students from Welsh universities to talk to pupils about the benefits of studying languages. In July, a British Council survey found teachers in Wales were “extremely worried” about the future of foreign languages. The MFL project is part of the Welsh Government’s five-year Global Futures plan to improve and promote modern foreign languages in Wales.

Prof Claire Gorrara, from Cardiff University, the academic leading the project, said it had been “very successful” in its first two years. “There’s a national average of around 20% uptake of modern languages at GCSE,” she said.”In the first year, 57% of pupils who were mentored chose to take MFL in Key Stage 4 and, in the second year, we worked with over 800 pupils across Wales and had an uptake of 50%, so we are more than doubling the national average for Wales.”