I have a question that is not purely linguistic, but strongly connected with the knowledge of German in the UK and the US. I am to collect some data to my BA thesis, but I got lost and I don't know where should I look for it.
Firstly, I'd like to ask, how do you (I mean - British and Americans) perceive the German language - is it widely taught/used or rather not? The statistical data are not particularly impressive, however I'd like to know your opinion.
Secondly, are there in the school curricula any classes devoted to German literature? And if so, what books/authors are mentioned there? Are the classes in German literature something common or rather an exception? And once again - how do you assess the knowledge of the German literature among young people (under 21)?
I would be extremely grateful for any links, data, opinions, suggestions about sources - anything possible. I just feel a bit confused and I am not sure where should I start my research.
Thank you in advance!