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Publication - Dr Ian Foster

    The future of language learning


    Foster, I, 2019, ‘The future of language learning’. Language, Culture and Curriculum, vol 32., pp. 261


    A greater level of informal language learning is now taking place
    than at any time in human history. Much of that learning is linked
    to unprecedented levels of migration across the globe. This poses
    challenges to the identity of higher education language teachers,
    particularly in the UK, where numbers of modern language
    students have stagnated, despite repeated efforts to stimulate
    growth over the past 20 years. While numbers of non-specialist
    learners show a healthier and more positive balance, this does
    nothing to address the immediate threats to the subject posed by
    public perceptions on the one hand and technological advances
    on the other. In facing these challenges, the modern languages
    community in UK universities might find an analogue in the
    changes in a close cousin, the translation industry but must above
    all insist on the continued relevance and professional status of the
    language teacher.

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