41% of students in London do not have English as a first language, up from 33% ten years ago

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Came across this article just now in Turkish that I'm sure is out there in English as well, which says that according to the Institute of Education and National Language Centre (translated from Turkish so that might not be their exact names) 41% of students in London do not have English as a first language, up from 33% a decade earlier. Of the non-English languages used as a mother tongue, Turkish is in 10th place. A total of 233 different languages are spoken by the 450,000 students in London, and other languages after the 59% that speak English are Punjabi, Arabic, Gujarati, Turkish, French, and Yoruba.

The article ends by saying there are a total of 300,000 Turks living in London.

Now let's see if we can find an article in English on this...here's one. Interesting...looks like Chinese has actually declined over the past decade in contrast to most of the others.

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