With millions of pupils now staying at home until September at the earliest – language degrees and lessons could be among the most disrupted – and foreign travel affected for the foreseeable future, it is vital our ability to talk to the world does not turn into another casualty of coronavirus.
Languages, at their heart, are about people communicating freely with each other, so as school and university subjects, they rely on a level of social proximity that is currently not possible.
Languages teachers at all levels have gone to unbelievable lengths to make virtual lessons as interactive as they can, but both students and academics broadly agree that there’s no substitute for learning face to face.
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