Is there a secret to teaching foreign languages?

Students in Sweden, Malta and the Netherlands are the best at learning foreign languages, according to the European Survey on Language Competences and the British Academy, while students in Britain come out on the bottom. Andy Martin, who teaches French at Cambridge University, writes in this commentary that, while there are challenges for British students, he has found success with an instructional method in which foreign languages are learned through film, books and songs.

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