Fear for Irish Language

In 2002, the British government announced that from 2004 it would no longer be compulsory for school pupils in the Key Stage 4 category (14 to 16 years of age) to take a ‘modern’ European language in addition to English.

26th February, 2011

In 2002, the British government announced that from 2004 it would no longer be compulsory for school pupils in the Key Stage 4 category (14 to 16 years of age) to take a ‘modern’ European language in addition to English.

The theory was that, freed from being required to study languages, pupils would find languages very attractive and would go for them in a big way. All sorts of steps were taken to make language learning nicer and...

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