Language Learning in England

Published: 5.03.2019
Level 4   |   Time: 2:58
Accent: British
BBC Global News Podcast (4.15.2019)

There has been a steady decline in the second language education in England.


You can download the file [ HERE ].


triangle Directions 목표 Direcciones


    It is important to read the vocabulary before you watch the video. This will improve your ability to understand the video. It will also help you understand how the new vocabulary is used naturally.

  2. WATCH the VIDEO

    The first time you watch the video, just try to understand the overall situation.


    First try to answer all the questions from memory. Then rewatch the video and try to answer the questions that you missed.

  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

    Watch the video again while you read the script. Reading and listening at the same time will help you hear each individual word and improve your listening accuracy.


    There are several different activities that focus on test preparation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.


    Es importante leer el vocabulario antes de ver el video. Esto mejorará su capacidad para comprender el video. También le ayudará a comprender cómo se usa el nuevo vocabulario de forma natural.

  2. VER el VIDEO

    La primera vez que vea el video, intente comprender la situación general.


    Primero intente responder todas las preguntas de memoria. Luego, vuelva a ver el video e intente responder las preguntas que se perdió.


    Mire el video nuevamente mientras lee el guión. Leer y escuchar al mismo tiempo lo ayudará a escuchar cada palabra individual y mejorará su precisión auditiva.


    Hay una serie de actividades diferentes que se centran en la preparación de la examen, el vocabulario, la gramática y la estructura de las oraciones.

  1. 어휘 읽기

    비디오를 보기 전에 어휘와 배경을 읽는 것이 중요합니다. 이렇게 하면 비디오를 이해하는 능력이 향상됩니다. 또한 새로운 어휘가 어떻게 자연스럽게 사용되는지 이해하는데 도움이됩니다.

  2. 비디오 보기

    비디오를 처음 볼 때 전체 상황을 이해하려고 노력하세요.

  3. 문제에 답하기

    먼저 모든 질문에 답을 해보세요. 그런 다음 비디오를 다시보고 놓친 질문에 답해보세요.

  4. 비디오 보면서 대본 읽기

    대본을 읽는 동안 비디오를 다시 보세요. 읽기와 듣기를 동시에 하면 각각의 단어를 듣고, 듣기 정확도를 향상시킬 수 있습니다.

  5. 액티비티 하기

    듣기 정확도, 발음, 어휘, 문법 및 문장 구조에 초점을 맞춘 다양한 액티비티가 있습니다.

triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ appalled [adj] - horrified, strongly dislike
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an analysis [n] - a detailed examination or study
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an 18-year low [exp] - the lowest point within 18 years
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a drive [n] - a desire
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a decline [n] - a reduction
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a critical tipping point [exp] - an important moment when something changes a lot
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ tolerant [adj] - accepting something that one does not agree with
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ globally mobile [exp] - able to move around the world
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ culture ambassadors [n] - people who represent a culture or country
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Mandarin [n] - the main language of China
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pupils [n] - students
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ flourish [v] - develop rapidly and successfully
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ scrap [v] - throw away, cancel
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ weigh up [phv] - choose between

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Questions 문제 Preguntas [ ? ]


These are guided listening questions. These questions are NOT designed to test or trick you. They are designed to guide you through the video.

TIP: If you don’t understand something in the video, click "Show Answers". You should be able to understand all of the important points of the video by reading the questions and the correct answers.


Estas son preguntas de escucha guiada. Estas preguntas NO están diseñadas para ponerte a prueba o engañarte. Están diseñados para guiarlo a través del video.

CONSEJO: Si no entiende algo en el video, haga clic en "Show Answers". Debería poder comprender todos los puntos importantes del video leyendo las preguntas y las respuestas correctas.


이것은 안내식 듣기 질문입니다. 이 질문들은 당신을 시험하거나 속이기 위한 것이 아닙니다. 동영상을 통해 안내하도록 설계되었습니다.

팁 : 동영상에서 이해가 되지 않는 부분이 있으면 "Show Answers"를 클릭하세요. 질문과 정답을 읽으면서 영상의 중요한 요점을 모두 이해할 수 있어야 합니다.

  1. The woman begins the news story by speaking German and French.

  2. Foreign language learning in schools in England is at an all-time low point.

  3. The two students at Cardiff University are losing their ability to speak German.

  4. The student thinks that German in not an important language anymore because of Brexit.

  5. The study of both German and French as second languages seems to be declining in England.

  6. 75% of the world's population doesn't speak English.

  7. Professor Gorrara says that second language learning helps people be more tolerant of other cultures.

  8. Professor Gorrara suggests that second language learning will help students in their professional careers.

  9. Professor Gorrara states that second language learning improves your use of your first language.

  10. Many students think that studying other European languages is too easy.

  11. Languages such as Mandarin and Spanish are becoming more popular in England.

  12. Some people think that English students should focus on learning the languages of the countries that are closest to England.

triangle Summary 요약 Resumen

Directions: Write sentences about the video clip using the words given. You can change the word form or add words, but you cannot change the word order.

Instrucciones: Escriba oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de la palabra o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras.

지시 : 주어진 단어를 사용하여 비디오 클립에 대한 문장을 씁니다. 어형을 변경하거나 단어를 추가할 수 있지만 어순은 변경할 수 없습니다.

Sentence 1

woman / start / podcast / ask / two / simple / question / German / French

The woman [starts/started] the podcast by asking two simple questions in German and French.

Sentence 2

England / foreign / language / learn / reach / 18-year / low

In England, foreign language learning has reached an 18-year low.

Sentence 3

Alice / only / student / take / German A level / class / her / year

Alice was the only student who took German A level classes in her year.

Sentence 4

learning / foreign / language / help / people / learn / different / history / culture.

Learning a foreign language helps people learn about different histories and cultures.

Sentence 5

study / French / also / decline / U.K.

The study of French is also declining in the U.K.
(Studying French is also declining in the U.K.)

Sentence 6

three / quarter / world / population / not / speak / English

Three quarters of the world's population does not speak English.

Sentence 8

learn / foreign / language / enable / people / more / tolerant / other / culture

Learning a foreign language enables people to be more tolerant of other cultures.

Sentence 9

learn / another / language / help / young / people / more / valuable / employee / more / global / mobile

Learning another language [will help/helps] young people (to) be more valuable employees and more globally mobile.

Sentence 10

school / focus / less / language / learn / because / langauge / perceive / too / hard

Schools are focusing less on language learning because langauges are perceived to be too hard.
Schools are focusing less on language learning because langauges are perceived as too hard.

Sentence 11

some / school / have / success / replace / French / German / Spanish / Mandarin

Some schools are having success (by) replacing French and German with Spanish and Mandarin.

Sentence 12

focus / language / large / global / reach / may / damage / relationship / neighbor / country

Focusing on languages with a large global reach may damage the relationships between [neighboring/with] countries.

triangle Discussion 논의 Discusión

  1. Which nationalities (people from which country) do you think are best at learning foreign languages? Which are worst? [Link]
  2. Which foreign languages are most commonly taught in your country? Which other languages do you think should be taught instead?
  3. Which three languages would you really like to speak, (other than English and your own language) and why?
  4. Does language make the personalities of each nationality different? How?
  5. What languages do you like or dislike the sound of?
  6. What are the biggest differences between your own language and English?
  7. What is the most difficult aspect of learning English?
  8. What do you guess would be the most difficult aspect of learning your language for a foreigner?

triangle Script 대본 Texto

[German] [French]

If you don't speak French or German, or you do and were just appalled by how I do it, I asked you how you are and if you speak another language.

Well here in England, new BBC analysis of data has shown that foreign language learning in schools is at an 18 year low. The BBC's Education Editor Branwyn Jeffreys sent this report.


Alice and Jocelyn, two students at Cardiff University, have a disappearing skill: they've learnt German and with the language an understanding of the history and culture of one of our biggest European neighbours.

There were 250 people in my year, and I was the only one doing German A level. They actually don't do that anymore in my school.

So that's completely gone as an option for people who are younger than you. How do you feel about that?

I think it's really sad. I think especially with what's going on with Brexit and everything, it's such a shame that we're losing such an important European language from our schools. Germany is a really cool place and I think if we're losing German as a subject in our schools, then we're losing that that drive to go and visit Germany and incorporate both our cultures and unite as one.

The decline in language learning has been happening for 20 years, but many now believe it's reached a critical tipping point. French appears to be following a similar pattern of decline. Professor Claire Gorrara at Cardiff University says linguists across the UK are seriously worried.

People may speak English, but we know that three quarters of the world's population does not speak English. It also opens up to other cultures, enables us to be more tolerant of otherness and other cultures. And for young people today to be globally mobile and to present a global Britain, they will need to be able to access other cultures in ways that make them valuable employees and valuable cultural ambassadors. And without languages, [they are] they will be deficient in both those areas.

The perception is that languages are too hard. Schools worry about their results. Pupils too.


But on a smaller scale, other languages are flourishing. Melbourne Village College in Cambridgeshire scrapped French and German three years ago. Instead, Spanish and Mandarin are among the options these pupils weigh up.

It's just quite unfortunate and different languages because not everyone can learn English just because we don't want to learn every other language.

I think it's really important because you get to learn other places, cultures, and their like their food, their cuisine, and everything like that.
Some will argue this is the future: languages with big global reach. Others will fear we’re becoming ever more distant psychologically from the countries geographically closest to us.