Should a language be compulsory at GCSE?Watch
There are plenty of students who need to focus on learning English to an appropriate level with it having to do an additional language
No because although I will have 2 language GCSEs by the end of Y11,I don't think they are worthwhile because I already have 1 of those GCSEs(in German) because I took it early and got an A and I don't know any German and I don't know why employers want these because they want you to understand different languages to communicate in them but when you get the job,languages being took at GCSE years ago and so little taught,you won't be able to know hardly any words in the language.
Without sounding like an absolute tool, a lot of people in other countries can speak some English so it is easier to get by using English than trying and failing miserably at speaking their language. I think they're pretty accomodating as long as you embrace other aspects of their culture.
I think the real question is, should language learning at GCSE change its structure? Lots of people dislike foreign languages at GCSE, so perhaps we need to utilise other methods. Not to mention when you visit another country you actually realise how little you can speak in said language...
I didn't do a language at GCSE, which means I can't apply to UCL now. But no, I don't think it should be made compulsory - most of the people at my school who did it don't really know a word of the language and just used google translate, and memorised stuff for their speaking exams, and writing exams. I could do that now with my year-9 level knowledge of french. Pretty pointless really. I hated languages, so was glad I didn't have to take one.
Additionally, if you're going to raise appreciation of other cultures etc through language-learning then you'd no doubt have to improve the current way in which it is taught and offer a broader range of available languages which'd be rather costly. A ridiculous amount of people end up completely despising languages upon finishing a GCSE in it - so it's likely to end up having a negative impact.
I do think the syllabus need revising a little; at GCSE they don't teach you much useful stuff. More practical voacab should be taught rather than the repeated "describe your school"!
If i went to France, i doubt i could do more than speak single words in most cases. Sure i know how to say "my school is beautiful and old" but would i be able to ask for a train ticket? NO!
On the other hand, would GCSE really be able to teach someone language skills to "survive" there?
Let's face it, when in a different country, most people's English skill will (unfortunatly) exceed yours in speaking their language. GCSE atleast allows you to understand french and how the structure differs from english, and i think it teaches you versitility. Once you have "learnt" one language, it makes it easier to learn another, if you want to.
I used to think doing my language GCSE was a waste of time, and it still is since i havnt used French since. However, i am now starting to see the value in knowing certain languages, but for them to make it complusory, they should have a wider variety of languages to take. Not just, French, German, Spanish.
Google Translator doesn't work because it is non-human translator my teacher said,so they will lose a lot of marks for incorrect grammar and tenses because Google can only translate word for word.
I like languages though so all's good However, I know some schools don't offer that opportunity, which should be available imo (: