1. Give an outline of the different views on the state of foreign language learning in Britain presented in the text
Overall, there can be a lot of different views on the importance of learning a foreign language while growing up in an English speaking country. While some find it a very necessary and important thing to learn, to fit into today’s globalised world, others think that speaking English is enough. For example, text 1, 2 and 3 are all articles discussing whether learning of foreign language is important or not, but they doesn’t agree with each other’s conclusions.
On the one hand text 1 claims that refusing to learn foreign languages is like refusing to evolve in phase with the ...view middle of the document...
2. How does Susan Purcell argue for her views in text 3? Give examples from the text
In text 3 Susan Purcell argues that a conclusion of Britons being hopeless at languages, because of the fact that only a few speak a foreign language, is a fallacy. In connection with this, her main argument is that while they already speaks fluently English, it seems unclear to the Britons which foreign language they should learn, (Text 3, ll.28-36):“But what about us here in Britain when it comes to choosing which foreign language to teach first? …Which is the best language to learn? ...Will teaching youngsters Mandarin Chinese improve their chance of finding a job in 10 years’ time? Who knows?”
In her quote the point is that for almost every other country in the world English is the mandatory first foreign language. I.e. when you already speak the preferred language it can be hard to predict which other foreign language that will be the more important in the future and for this purpose, which is the more important to learn.
So overall Susan Purcell argues for her views by presenting a lot of examples, which the reader should be able to relate to. In addition, she uses logos, the informing mode of persuasion, to present new aspects to the discussion about Britons being hopeless at languages.
3. Taking starting point in one of the texts, discuss the value of mastering foreign languages
Whether it has a small or big value to...