Modern language teaching ‘under threat from tough exams’

Academics say regulator is ‘killing’ subjects as GCSEs and A-levels are marked too harshly

The exams regulator in England, Ofqual, is “killing off” modern languages by failing to address the excessive difficulty of language GCSE and A-level exams, according to more than 150 academics.

In a letter published in the Guardian, the 152 academics – from 36 universities – warn that the exams are graded too severely and the stress for pupils is “disproportionate”.

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