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Easier for children 'to become an expatriate'

British children may find it easier to move abroad and become an expatriate in the future as many are keen to learn new languages, according to the National Centre for Languages (CILT).

Teresa Tinsley, director of communications at CILT, said that an increasing number of school children have become interested in Spanish, Italian and Mandarin, which will make the process of becoming an expatriate a lot smoother.

"The fantastic work going on in primary schools is very encouraging and leads us to hope that we may soon see a reverse in the decline in languages at GCSE," she said.

Ms Tinsley went on to say that children at primary school show a genuine natural enthusiasm for language learning and this has been supported by the government, which now recognises the importance of having a multi-lingual population.

"We will eventually see an increase in take- up of languages at GCSE and A- level," she added.

According to the CBI education and skills survey, European languages are the focus for current recruitment, with French and German the most popular.

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