It is well known that learning a new language has many beneficial effects on people, unfortunately the UK lags behind in many indicators of foreign languages learning. Finally after many years of neglect the Coalition government seems to start paying more attention to the dire situation the UK finds itself in terms of foreign language tuition in schools. At least that is what transpires from education secretary Michael Gove declarations, arguing that children should start learning a foreign language from the age of five. He even acknowledges that learning a foreign language doesn't only 'makes you smarter... it helps you to understand English better'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/sep/30/michael-gove-teaching-languages-conference
It also has beneficial effects on other subjects and education in general. "Children who study a foreign language are better at maths than students who don't - even when language classes mean they have less time in maths classes" http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/aug/24/who-still-wants-learn-languages
Let's hope this new drive will finally make a significative difference in the future.