Pointing out that Theresa May refuses to carry out Brexit negotiations in French, Professor Linn said: “Given the UK’s decades of failure to invest in foreign language teaching, this is no surprise. The number of universities offering modern foreign language programmes has almost halved in the course of fifteen years, and numbers enrolling on university language courses were down nearly 8 per cent again this year.”
He writes: “My advice to you? Actively and publicly learn a new language. Resist the easy line that “we Brits are no linguists”, and that we are destined to turn ever more inwards post-Brexit. There is no genetic deficit – we are mathematicians simply because we have been taught maths properly.
“Expect schools to commit to the teaching of languages and redress that balance which has championed STEM subjects at the expense of other essential forms of knowledge.
“This is the moment for individuals and parents to stand alongside teachers and business leaders to speak with one voice, or risk being silenced.
If you would like to learn a language, find out more about the University of Westminster’s open language programme called Polylang, offering language courses for Westminster students and staff as well as evening courses for the public.