I only just caught the end of a piece on the BBC News. Did I really hear right that Sir Ron Dearing (a professional writer of idiotic reports) has seriously suggested that oral exams in languages should cease as pupils find them "too stressful"? It seems I DID. Whatever next. Does it not occur to him that language is first and foremost a form of spoken, rather than written communication? Of course an oral exam is stressful. All exams are stressful to one degree or another. Or is that the real agenda - to abolish exams? I'm sure there are plenty of trendy lefty educationalists who would be prepared to argue for that to happen.
PS I write as someone whose original career choice was to be a language teacher, and was trained as such.