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Foreign Language vs £££££

languagesStudents applying to universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for entry in September 2012 will be facing tuition fees of £6,000 to £9,000. How could they possibly avoid this? By studying abroad! The next best option would probably be Scotland – it’s not too far away and most courses are taught in English. However, if Scottish universities accept the proposal to charge students from the rest of the UK between £4,500 and £6,500 a year from 2012 in response to the rise of tuition fees, it won’t make much of a difference.

So an alternative would be to study abroad abroad, i.e. in a non-English speaking country. Some universities (e.g. France and Germany) only charge a few hundred Euro per semester or year, many European countries (e.g. Austria, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden…) don’t charge tuition fees at all, others (e.g. the Czech Republic) only if the course is taught in a language other than the country’s official one. The latter is still rare and usually only applies to business-related courses. So knowing the country’s official language would be rather necessary…

Just a shame that foreign language teaching (FLT) is rather poor in the UK. For a research paper that I had to write a year or so ago I looked into FLT in England; a foreign language (usually French) is only mandatory in Key Stage 3 (3 years) (FLT is being introduced in primary schools – but it’s costly and some people doubt its effectiveness) and a high proportion of students stop right afterwards.

However, where there’s a will there’s a way. The web offers millions of language-learning resources and spending the summer holidays in the country the student would like to study in should equip him with some essential language skills…


Some interesting papers:

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This entry was posted on 03/06/2011 by in Academia, Linguistic Musings, Media, Places and tagged , , .
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