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Welsh students saying `non' to learning languages.

FOREIGN languages are a turn-off for students in Wales.

The number of GCSE entries in modern foreign languages has fallen every year since 1995, according to figures released by the National Assembly.

The proportion of 15-year-olds entering at least one foreign language exam has dropped from 46 per cent in 1996 to 37 per cent last year, with girls outnumbering boys in the classroom to learn the likes of French or German.

Fears over the decline prompted the assembly government to publish its modern foreign languages strategy Languages Count, in April. The organisation Cilt Cymru was also established in April to support language learning.

Language pilot schemes for younger pupils are to begin from September next year while the Languages National Training Organisation has appointed a Wales officer to promote languages for business.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 3, 2002
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