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|Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 6:31 am Post subject: Number of EU English learners expected to drop
|Drop in EU English learners
EL Gazette | May 2018
The number of potential English learners in Europe is predicated to drop by nearly 9% between 2015 and 2025, a new report suggests.
The British Council-commissioned study The Future Demand for English in Europe: 2025 and Beyond says there will be a fall in the total number of potential learners of 15.3 million over the seven countries studied. This, it says, is largely due to demographic changes and improvements in school-level English education.
However, European demand for top-up and refresher English courses is set to rise. The research also finds that English will continue to be the dominant language in Europe and remain the preferred second language for most Europeans in 2025. The mature market is likely to grow, the report adds, with students expecting a personalised and flexible product, using a combination of new technology and face-to-face learning.
The report stresses that online and other digital forms of learning will grow but adds there is no evidence that by 2025 there would be the large-scale substitution of face-to-face teaching with artificially intelligent bots.
The report looked at France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain. (For the BC's full analysis, click here).