This is part of our series of dictations, where you can listen to someone speaking and try to write down everything that you hear. Doing lots of dictations regularly will not only develop your general listening skills, but will also help you improve your spelling and punctuation.
In this activity, the dictation is based on some advice about how to learn new words. All these tips come from teachers.
This is one of a series of activities taken from the "Quick Reads" series of books. The book is called "Worlds beyond words", by Alison Stokes. Here you will find a number of interactive tasks to accompany the book.
It’s official – the British are the worst language learners in Europe! This is according to a survey published by the European Commission. Only 38% of British people can speak a foreign language, as against the European Union average of 56%.
So what can be done about this? One approach would be to start teaching languages at a much younger age in the schools, perhaps as young as 5. At the moment, most British pupils start at 11 and many give up at 14 because they find learning a language too difficult. And there are other ideas – don’t just teach European languages but introduce Arabic, Manadarin Chinese and Urdu.
Something needs to change and the government is willing to help make it happen.