Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 25.11.1988: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 25.11.1988: News

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Russian begins to take root in schools

Education secretary Kenneth Baker's recent well-publicised remarks in favour of increased provision of Russian teaching in British schools endorsed the views expressed in the House of Commons Second Report on Soviet Studies.

The opening up of Soviet society under Mikhail Gorbachev has made the Soviet Union one of the most interesting places to visit and to study. It is, moreover, now becoming commonplace for school pupils to have the opportunity to travel to Russia.

The new openness in the USSR coincided with the inclusion of the language as a foundation subject in the UK national curriculum. Russian is likely to be taught as one of the first languages in the curriculum, and letters have gone to Mr Baker and Malcolm Rifkind, secretary of state for Scotland, assuring them of Russian teachers' eagerness to meet the new challenges.

Letters have also been sent to more than 100 local authorities urging them to include Russian in their language diversification plans and informing them of the facilities and staff available. …

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