Percentage of British students able to speak languages other than English in 2000 and 2010
The charts give information about the languages other than English that British students at a university in England can speak, in 2000 and 2010.
It is noticeable that the proportion of students who could speak other languages in addition to English increased after ten years, in 2010. Moreover, Spanish was the language that was spoken most commonly in both years.
From 2000 to 2010, the proportion of students who could only speak English fell from 20% to 10%, which showed a noticeable decrease of 10%. By contrast, the proportion of students who had an ability of speaking more than one languages increased from 10% to 15%, which went up by 5%. Both the percentages of those who spoke another language and those who spoke Spanish increased by 5% between the two years, which were the first and second largest groups in 2010, and the sum of them accounted for 55% of the total percentages.
However, there was no change in the percentage of German speakers, which remained at 10%. Finally, the only decline language occurred in French, which dropped by 5%, from 15% to 10%. Both the proportions of French and German speakers were the lowest in 2010.