A Language-Rich Future for the UK
This chapter argues for a language-rich future for the people of the UK. The English language is an asset to the UK. The opportunities available to English speakers go hand in hand with a responsibility to learn the languages, cultures and customs of others, in the spirit of mutuality, so as to build trust and promote prosperity. It suggests that we can effect positive developments through education, including bilingual education and content/language-integrated learning; through using the assets of the UK’s ethnically and culturally diverse population; and through building language expertise in the workplace, which provides increased opportunities for living and working overseas. It concludes that the UK needs to beware of relying too heavily on English, since foreign language skills are still essential to compete on the global stage and to ensure we continue to learn from and engage with people from other countries and cultures.
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