Monolingualism Hurts the UK


Article from The Guardian about the lack of language skills in the UK


be left behind (verb phrase)
assumption (noun)
hamper (regular verb)
deter (regular verb)
fall foul of [s/th], (verb phrase)
plug [a/the] gap (verb phrase)
bode [well / ill], (verb phrase)

Main Activity

Read the article to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the costs associated with not knowing foreign languages?
  2. Given the years of study involved in learning a language, is there a good return on investment for native English speakers learning a foreign language?
  3. Do you agree with the quote: “English is fine if you want to buy things, but it’s not the right language to use for people who want to sell things.”?
  4. After English, what is the most useful language?
  5. Do you think Brexit and a more isolationist US will affect the status of English as a global language?