The charts below show the proportion of British student at one university in England who were able to speak other languages in addition to English, in 2000 and 2010.

Apr 12, 2021 / Academic / 2:39 am

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A comparative study of the proportion of British students at a university in England who could speak additional languages other than their native language between 2000 and 2010 is portrayed in the given pie charts.

In general, the proportion of students who could use additional languages increased between the years.

As shown in the charts, the lion’s share of the students could speak Spanish, French and German, which collectively accounted for 55% in both the years, but in varying proportions. In both the years, Spanish was the most spoken additional language, with a trend of progression (from 30 to 35%).

French, which was used by around a sixth of the students, however, saw a 5% decline in the rate of speakers over this decade. The share of students who spoke German as an additional language remained unchanged in both the years (one-tenth). This was exactly the same in the case of students who used two additional languages.

When there was a uptick of 5% in the rate of students who spoke another language other than Spanish, French and German, a sharp 10% decline can be observed in the proportion of British students who spoke only English.

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