A Level student’s letters: ‘It’s wrong to assume everyone can speak English’

30 Apr 2012

A Yorkshire A Level student has written to local newspapers and Shadow Education Minister Stephen Twigg to raise awareness of the Speak to the future campaign and address a situation where young people in the UK are ‘falling behind their European counterparts who leave school able to communicate competently two foreign languages.’

Adam Dewhirst of North Halifax Grammar School had his letters published in both the Halifax Courier and the Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Arguing that ‘it’s wrong to assume everyone speaks English’, he sets an example of how young people can themselves play a part in encouraging the next generation: ‘I have tried to encourage and promote language learning by tutoring younger students, giving presentations and setting up and running my school’s French Society.’

Stephen Twigg responded to Adam’s letter, saying that ‘foreign languages play a crucial role in the social and economic fabric of Britain’, also backing him on Twitter.

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