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With British and US protectionism and anti-immigrant sentiment on the rise, the English language will undoubtedly decline in the world. Slowly, yes, but surely.|
In Hungary, any school can create a course plan for any second language to have the Ministry of Education approve it according to its pedagogical criteria, any school can teach any approved language of its choice, and any student can choose to write the test in any approved language of his choice. At present, there are over 20 languages to choose from, and shockingly from a Chinese point of view, not even 50% of students in Hungary choose English as their second language.
In short, the Hungarian model allows for a kind of free market in second-language learning in its high schools.
Even now already, the few Chinese who know fireign languages other than English, even when they have forgotten most of their English, often enjoy more opportunities than their English-speaking counterparts due to the laws of supply and demand.
Is it time for China to follow Hungary's lead and open its public-school second-language instruction for more language choice to allow it to respond to market demand?