Whatever happens in the wake of the Referendum decision, we’re still part of a global society and the UK workforce lacks the language skills to compete there.
That was the message to 150 students at a Cambridge University event designed to revive language learning across the country.
It was attended by 10 top achievers from Icknield High School who are already studying at least one, other than English.
Hosted by Magdalene College, it included three workships designed to give pupils a taste of university-style language learning.
Course organiser Jocelyn Wyburd said: “Young people will miss out on major opportunities – professional, recreational and personal – if they can’t speak other languages.”
Icknield curriculum area leader Dominika Morey said: “The event certainly motivated our students and raised their aspirations.
“Learning languages and valuing other cultures promotes tolerance and understanding at home and abroad.”