There was an article in today's Times (London) about further decline in language teaching in schools in Britain:
School languages crisis as pupils reject subject - Times Online
There will, no doubt, be similar articles in other British newspapers.
Given the fact that Britain "has" the world language English, is this decline inevitable, or should (living) foreign languages be promoted at secondary-school level?
It is interesting that the languages not suffering decline are immigrant ones. Should these be promoted, as they have been in Sweden in the "hemspr?k" drive, or should immigrants be encouraged to integrate and, ultimately, assimilate? If you claim to have Bengali or Turkish as your first language, as people have done according to the article, how many generations will it take before such people speak English as their first language? Or should immigrants have the right to have other languages as their first language in perpetuo?