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1 Why study Languages for GCSE?

2 The Importance of Languages How many languages are spoken throughout the world? 100 200 300 More than 500 Just over 6,500

3 In London, more than 300 languages are spoken at home. The Importance of Languages

4 The proportion of the world which does not speak English as its first language is:- 1% 25% 74% 94% The Importance of Languages

5 What proportion of the world speaks no English at all? 75% 60% 50% 25% 75%

6 Our planet has over 6 billion people who speak between 6000 and 7000 different languages Only 6% of the world’s population are native English speakers? 75% of the world’s population speak no English at all? The Importance of Languages

7 How many UK companies are losing business because of language barriers? 1 out of every 100 1 out of every 50 1 out of every 5

8 What percentage of employers are looking for school-leavers with language skills? a) 10% b) 25% c) 50% d) 74% 74 %

9 Languages give you choices In most careers nowadays language abilities are highly valued and there is a particular shortage of people with languages in Engineering and Finance. A GCSE in a language will make you more employable.

10 Languages take you further Some universities now require a language GCSE for degree courses in English, History and Law A GCSE in a language will help you get into university. You will need a GCSE in a language to be awarded the English Baccalaureate

11 How will studying languages help you? It will increase your job opportunities With the growth of the European Union, there is a much greater need for people who have a foreign language. 60% of all UK trade is with non English- speaking countries

12 People who can speak another language earn on average 20% more than people who do not

13 86% of the UK’s richest under 30s speak a foreign language.86% of the UK’s richest under 30s speak a foreign language.


15 Which languages are most in demand?

16 There are currently 67.8 million people with French as their first language, and it is spoken in 60 countries around the world.67.8 million people

17 French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. French and English are the only two global languages.

18 France is the world's largest manufacturer of television sets (HDTV was invented in France).

19 The French are leaders in medical genetics.

20 The French are the world's third manufacturers of electronics equipment.

21 France is the fourth largest producer of cars in the world

22 France is the European leader in aerospace

23 France is a major world research centre in the field of high energy physics.

24 More tourists visit France than any other country in the world.

25 French, along with English, is the official working language of:- The United Nations The International Olympic Committee The International Red Cross The Council of Europe The European Court of Justice


27 Which languages are most in demand?

28 Why learn German? German is the most wanted foreign language by UK companies German is the second most commonly used scientific language Germany is the largest exporter in the world One out of every ten books in the world is written in German

29 Within the European Union, more Europeans are native speakers of German than any other language German is spoken by more than 120 million people in: Austria, Germany, Liechenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland Parts of Belgium, Northern Italy and Eastern Europe

30 Media Being able to speak a language opens doors for journalists all over the world. The BBC’s Andrew Marr has used his French and Spanish skills throughout his career, and says there’s no substitute for speaking the language of the country

31 Andrew Marr

32 Marketing These days, companies have to market to customers all over the world. A lot of value is therefore placed on language skills.

33 Technology and computer games The computer gaming industry has seen huge growth over the last few years, and the demand to produce software for local markets means that language skills are in increasing demand. Your languages would be a great asset in this sector.

34 Engineering Engineering companies in Britain are having to recruit from France and Germany because British engineers don’t have language skills.

35 Who speaks foreign languages?

36 Fiona Bruce French

37 Huw Edwards French

38 Jonathan Ross Russian

39 Ben Shephard French

40 Johnny Depp French

41 Daniel Craig Spanish

42 Helena Bonham-Carter French

43 Rupert Everett French

44 Will Smith Spanish

45 Uma Thurman French

46 Matt Damon Spanish

47 Jodie Foster French

48 Jamie Oliver French

49 Ben Affleck Spanish

50 Bradley Cooper French

51 Tina Turner French

52 Andy Murray Spanish

53 Elton John French

54 Madonna French

55 Matthew McConaughy Spanish

56 Kate Beckinsale French

57 Leonardo DiCaprio German

58 Kylie Minogue French

59 Renee Zellweiger German

60 Justin Bieber French

61 Sophie Raworth French and German

62 Eddie Izzard French and German

63 Paul McCartney German and Spanish

64 Gary Lineker Spanish and Japanese

65 Paula Radcliffe French and German

66 Gwyneth Paltrow Spanish and Italian

67 J K Rowling French, Spanish and Portugese

68 Salma Hayek Spanish, Portugese and Arabic

69 Shakira Spanish, Portugese, Italian and Arabic

70 Natalie Portman French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Hebrew

71 Christopher Lee French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Greek and Swedish

72 Arsene Wenger English, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish

73 Sir Alex Ferguson French

74 Sir Alex Ferguson CBE: “ All I can advise, is that you keep working at your languages. Foreign languages are exciting and interesting - keep up the hard work, it will be worth it in the end.”

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