Dr Jim Anderson, senior lecturer in language and education at Goldsmiths, University of London, said that languages are vital to the economy and the lack of foreign language skills in the UK is having a negative impact on the nation's business success.
He said that while European languages are important to business at the moment, it is likely that in the future Chinese and Arabic will also play key roles.
"Language skills develop intercultural competence. Citizenship in a globalising world is vitally important if we are going to develop proper understanding with people in different countries and to be able to understand the different perspectives," Dr Anderson concluded.
His comments follow reports over the last few years by CILT, the National Centre for Languages called Talking World Class, and the CBI which have revealed the damaging effect the UK's lack of language skills is having.
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