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Rosetta Stone Urges UK Students To Brush Up On Language Skills

2010 August, 19

With ‘A' Level entries for foreign languages down 3.7% from last year, leading provider of language-learning solutions, Rosetta Stone, is challenging UK students to brush up on their language skills in order to meet growing employer requirements for multilingual employees.

Despite a strong increase in science, technology, engineering and mathematics entries, recent reports reflect a decline in interest in foreign language study at ‘A' level. Entries for French and German, the most popular foreign language for UK students, dropped 3.4 per cent and 3.8 per cent.

Sylke Riester, European Managing Director for Rosetta Stone, commented: "These results do not reflect the need for language in study, business and personal communication in our globalising economy. The UK is hungry for language skills to boost its recovery.

"There is a massive gap between what employers want and what our current education system provides when it comes to languages. The National Centre for Languages says UK business rank languages skills second only to IT skills when it comes to recruitment."

Entries for Chinese, which almost doubled in popularity between 2002 and 2009, also showed a 25% drop on last year, signally a surprising reversal in trend.

However, it is not all bad news for languages, with Spanish entries showing a 4% increase on 2009.

Rosetta Stone Managing Director for Europe, Sylke Riester, commented: "What I find genuinely impressive is that although the national curriculum does not prioritise language learning in the same way as other countries, some schools recognise languages as an important life skill and are adopting the modern, technological tools to engage pupils in learning."

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About Rosetta Stone UK

Acclaimed for the speed, power and effectiveness of its Dynamic Immersion™ method, Rosetta Stone is a revolutionary language learning software program.

Rosetta Stone was founded in 1992 on two core beliefs: that the natural way people learn languages as children remains the most successful method for learning new languages; and that interactive CD-ROM and online technology can recreate the immersion method powerfully for learners of any age. Rosetta Stone (UK) Limited, a subsidiary of Rosetta Stone Inc., is based in London.

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