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britishness defined: monolingualism March 15, 2008

Posted by Bradley in : Uncategorized , trackback

Odd to see via the BBC that Cambridge University is to stop requiring applicants to have a language GCSE when the EU (of which the UK is still a member) institutions insist on multilingualism. Cambridge decided that:

having a formal entry requirement that at least half of all GCSE students are unable to meet “was not acceptable in the context of Cambridge’s commitment to widening participation and access”.

As a practical matter English will take you a long way, but still …

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