'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language that goes to his heart.' Nelson Mandela.
If we want to start speaking with our hearts, not just our heads, the UK needs to recognise the need to boost foreign language learning. Languages are the cornerstones of communication, and without clear communication, disadvantages arise in all types of relationships between countries and nationalities.
Take Canada for example, under the Official Languages Act of 1969 both English and French now have official federal status across the country, with mother tongues being English (58.4%) and French (22%) respectively. Quebec is where the majority of native French speakers reside.
Becoming A ‘Global Teacher’
Here’s hoping that the UK government recognises the need to boost facilities for foreign language learning. Fortunately, the British Council in Canada has introduced a scheme which allows Canadian teachers to experience the British curriculum in the UK and bring with them their bilingual skills.
Canadian and British students also have the opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial side with the Students for Social Impact programme; gaining valuable overseas experience as well as international business insight.