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IELTS Writing Podcast

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Join Lilie King, a real IELTS candidate, and discover what kinds of vocabulary examiners want to see to get a 7+ on your writing test...


114. Sample Essay: Percentages of British Students Able to Speak Languages Other Than English

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Cambridge IELTS 11 Test 2 Writing Task 1 Sample Essay


The charts display the percentages of British students from one English university who were able to speak languages other than English in 2000 and 2010.


Overall, the proportion of students who were able to speak other languages went up in 2010, with Spanish being the most commonly spoken one in both years.


Those who only spoke Spanish accounted for the greatest proportions of students in both 2000 and 2010, at 30 and 35 percent respectively. With an increase to 20 and 15 percent, those who spoke another language and those who spoke two other languages became the second and third largest groups in 2010.


Of those who were able to speak other languages, French-only speakers were the only group whose proportion experienced a decline from 15 to 10 percent, while the proportion of German-only speakers stayed at 10 percent.


*Please don't use "a foreign/second language", because an increasing number of British school pupils have a first language which isn't English and this will eventually work its way through to college and university student level.

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