Importance of Language Skills

This week the Scottish Minister for Schools and Skills highlighted the importance of language skills but what is it that motivates students to continue studying languages?

We all know the importance of learning languages and this week at the annual Scottish Association for Language Teaching (SALT) conference at Stirling University Maureen Watt, Minister for Schools and Skills, said that young workers of the future need to “think out of the box” about their employment plans – and a useful advantage in the global jobs market will be the ability to speak at least one foreign language.

But what motivates students to learn languages?

SANAKO UK attended the London Language Show over the weekend and there was plethora of exhibitors offering language courses both in the UK and abroad and a variety of teaching resources and content but can we truly say that any one of these motivates students to want to continue learning languages?

The simple answer is YES, teenagers visiting our stand were intrigued by the Pigloo and the ‘Moi, j’aime skier’ song and genuinely surprised that other schools had such resources, the children were quick to comment that they wished they had access to this in their school.

This motivation really does improve student retention and this became even more apparent during a presentation at the Specialist Schools Conference by Andrew Madden, Language College Director and Extending Learning Co-ordinator at Stratford upon Avon Grammar School for Girls who was able to demonstrate that students opting to take two MFL subjects at GCSE had increased year on year since they had had their SANAKO Lab 300 installed nearly five years ago

To see the SALT press release, please follow this link.