GCSE figures for 2008 suggest that the decline in numbers opting for languages is slowing. While French and German were down again a little (6.8% and 5.4% respectively by comparison with 2007) the percentage decreases are much smaller than in previous years.

 

Below are tables showing the number of candidates in modern language exams in 2008. For tables showing previous years please see here.

GCSE

Language

2008

French

202,136

German

76,802

Spanish

67,108

Irish

2,422

Welsh

5,436

Welsh L2

10,049

   

Other ML

30,794

   

Arabic

2,810

Bengali

1,516

CHinese

3,004

Dutch

587

Gujarati

877

Italian

5,377

Japanese

1,344

Modern Greek

498

Modern Hebrew

486

Panjabi

1,178

Persian

1,637

Polish

528

Portuguese

3,052

Russian

1,881

Turkish

1,493

Urdu

5,666

   

Total ML

393,699

ALL ENTRIES

5,827,319

%ML of total entries

6.8%

Source: JCQ

A Level

Language

2008

French

14,998

German

6,288

Spanish

7,102

Irish

249

Welsh

364

Welsh L2

574

   

Other ML

7,543

   

Arabic

519

Bengali

94

Chinese

2,781

Dutch

137

Gujarati

29

Italian

836

Japanese

276

Modern Greek

141

Modern Hebrew

53

Panjabi

207

Persian

183

Polish

375

Portuguese

173

Russian

793

Turkish

301

Urdu

645

   

Total ML

35,931

ALL ENTRIES

827,737

%ML of total entries

4.3%

Source: JCQ