Experts believe the trend will become worse as a deepening crisis in language teaching/learning is imminent. According to current estimates more than 40% of the current existing language departments will close within the next ten years.
The UK government is on high alert as what’s happening has a huge negative impact on UK’s economic and diplomatic hopes. The Foreign office already foresaw this problem and it became more concerned about the future as time passed. Now, the Foreign Office has its own language school for which it is spending £1m a year.
Official figures show that the current situation is partly due to the fact that the subject of humanities courses drastically dropped in popularity over the last years. Just to name a few, the universities of Staffordshire, Bolton and West England are among universities that closed their existing language departments in the last year.