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Here’s the latest from the campaign and the world of languages.  You can also read our newsletters or sign up to receive regular updates. We’ve prepared information for the press and media.

The Language Show 9th – 11th November 2018 Olympia London

08 Nov 2018

Join us from 10.45 – 12.15 Friday 9th November to hear the strongest reasons. “Why languages are essential for us all post-Brexit” Read more

Free Arabic Skype classroom sessions with S2F, the British Council & the Qatar Foundation

06 Dec 2017

Speak to the Future, Qatar Foundation International, and the British Council are pleased to offer schools an exciting opportunity between 18 December (UN Arabic Day) and the 2 March 2018 with Chatterbox and NaTakallam. Connect your classroom with an Arabic speaking refugee to learn some Arabic, hear … Read more

Great new project on online hate speech

16 Nov 2017

Colleagues are invited to engage in ‘Positive Messengers’, a project combatting online hate speech and raising awareness of the pitfalls on online hate and online safety with young people. It would be particularly of interest to primary or secondary (KS2-4) … Read more

The Language Magician for primary MFL teaching & assessment: register your interest!

17 Oct 2017

Watch out for the Language Magician in 2018! Speak to the Future is delighted to support this exciting new initiative for primary MFL led by the Goethe Institut and involving key strategic partners in universities across the UK, the Association … Read more

S2F Symposium 13 Oct 2017: see you there!

20 Sep 2017

Symposium 2017 Speaking to a global future Friday 13th October 2017, 9.30-16.30 at the Language Show London, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington N1 0QH. To reserve your place at the Speak to the Future Symposium 2017, simply email … Read more

Short video: games company using languages in the UK

06 Mar 2017

This short film was commissioned by Durham University and shot at the Customer service centre for the games company UBISOFT. The company’s European HQ is based in Newcastle upon Tyne where they have a team of staff which speaks 12 … Read more

Innovation focus: primary school creates Spanish language learning app

07 Feb 2017

Speak to the Future is always delighted to learn of innovative ways teachers and learners of languages bring languages alive. This is a great example! The pupils and teachers of William Patten Primary School in London have actually developed an … Read more

Check out our list of language projects around the UK!

16 Dec 2016

Speak to the Future is pleased to feature information on projects and activities which are run by organisations and which offer at least a partially free opportunity for language learners and others interested in languages. A huge range of different … Read more

Teacher of a ‘lesser-taught’ language? Your opportunity to get involved in new qualifications development and marking.

06 Dec 2016

Teacher of a ‘lesser-taught’ language? Your opportunity to get involved in new qualifications development and marking. Are you a teacher of Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), Gujarati, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Persian, Russian, Turkish or Urdu? Colleagues are organising a … Read more

Story: Nottingham’s community languages at the House of Lords

15 Nov 2016

Written by Neil Hughes, University of Nottingham. Speak to the Future is proud to support this work – we hope you will enjoy this piece! Valuing and developing community languages: What role politicians? As part of the Nottingham in Parliament … Read more

Go global! Start the 1000 Words Challenge!

November 2016 update: In support of the British Council’s International Education Week 14 – 18 November 2016, Speak to the Future and our partners, Vocab Express and Oxford University Press are calling new competitors to join the 1000 Words Challenge. We are … Read more

14-18 Nov: join International Education Week!

09 Nov 2016

14-18 November is the British Council’s International Education Week. IEW promotes the benefits of international learning and cultural exchange to a huge community of teachers and school leaders in the UK and all over the world. This year the theme is … Read more

Ministerial statement in support of MFL: October 2016

19 Oct 2016 NickGibb

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards: “I fully recognise the importance of languages to the business world and the value to pupils in developing fluency in a modern foreign language. The government has worked hard to reverse … Read more

Brexit needs languages! S2F statement

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A message from Bernardette Holmes, Campaign Director, Speak to the Future, responding to the publication of Languages & Brexit by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages: PRESS RELEASE: Speak to the Future, the national campaign for languages, fully backs … Read more

Come to the S2F Symposium: 14 Oct 2016!

06 Oct 2016

You are warmly invited to attend the 2016 Symposium: Speaking to a Global Future - THE LANGUAGES LANDSCAPE POST-BREXIT 10.00 – 16.00 Friday 14th October 2016 at the Language Show Live, Olympia The decision to leave the European Union raises many … Read more

Tweet S2F for the European Day of Languages!

23 Sep 2016

Monday 26th September 2016 is the 15th Anniversary of the European Day of Languages Join Speak to the Future in celebrating our languages in our EDL tweet-celebration! Language is where our past, our present and our future coexist. Language holds … Read more

MFL Pedagogy: Call for Evidence to colleagues

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Speak to the Future would like to hear your views on effective MFL pedagogy. The Teaching Schools Council is conducting a review of modern foreign language pedagogy within secondary schools. Ian Bauckham, Executive Headteacher, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School and a Past President … Read more

Baroness Coussins leads Lords debate on MFL

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On Tuesday, 24 May Baroness Coussins led a debate questioning the government on MFL education policy following the withdrawal of MLF examinations by OCR. Watch the debate here (9 mins). Lord Kinnock, Baroness Garden, Baroness McInstosh, Baroness O’Neill, Baroness Falkner, … Read more

Report: The Value of Languages

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Towards a UK Strategy for Languages – new report from Cambridge Public Policy SRI outlines the value of languages. (Download here - PDF, 2.6MB). Following a policy workshop held in Cambridge in October 2015, attended by representatives from across government departments, … Read more

S2F writes to OCR on dropping MFL exams

18 May 2016

Speak to the Future has written to OCR following its announcement that it will cease to offer GCSEs or AS/A Levels in any languages, including French, German or Spanish. The letter has been co-signed by representatives of the APPG on … Read more

Community languages continue as vital part of our curriculum

22 Apr 2016 Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, announces the excellent news that GCSEs and A levels will continue in a range of community and less-widely taught languages: Speak to the Future warmly congratulates the Secretary of State and her … Read more

Can we change your ideas about language learning? Take the 15 Minute Mandarin Challenge and find out!

01 Feb 2016 15mand

Speak to the Future has teamed up with Minute Mandarin to offer a free mobile App aimed at everyone who thinks that language learning is not for them, and that Chinese is especially hard. To celebrate Chinese New Year, throughout … Read more

News release: Languages campaign launches new free App to overturn preconceptions about language learning


NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                              1 February 2016   Languages campaign launches new free App to overturn preconceptions about language learning   Speak to the Future, the campaign for languages, is challenging everyone to devote 15 minutes of their time to test out … Read more

New guest blog: Tim Nash, Minute Mandarin

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We are pleased to share the following piece written by Tim Nash of Minute Mandarin. Mandarin Chinese is 87% easier than we thought Most of us approach a foreign language by trying to learn a few useful words and phrases. We … Read more

Free app to help MFL reading skills

23 Dec 2015

Have you ever thought that reading a book in another language would help you learn – but as you do so you wish you could just compare back to the English original? Well, now you can with a recently-launched free … Read more

Free resources for primaries available now!

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The British Council has just published two sets of resources available to primary schools for 2016: The first is the 2016 Education Pack on the Chinese new year (Year of the Monkey) and is being sent out to all schools in … Read more

Catch up on the S2F Symposium: Languages 2020 & beyond

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Speak to the Future Symposium: Languages 2020 & beyond: see the agenda, watch our video report & download the presentations Speak to the Future held a major two-part Symposium on 16 October 2015, looking at languages, entrepreneurship and the professions, and … Read more

S2F & Vocab Express competition winners!

01 Dec 2015

Speak to the Future and Vocab Express teamed up again at October’s Language Show Live to give visitors the opportunity to try out the 1000 Words Challenge! A record number of visitors came to the Vocab Express stand and signed … Read more

Support for Spanish in your primary school!

A great opportunity for primary schools teaching Spanish, from the British Council: The British Council has lots of positive experience in delivering language lessons to pupils remotely. We are planning to pilot a programme that would enable schools to have … Read more

S2F in major policy partnership

24 Nov 2015 People and language bubbles

A ground-breaking policy workshop aiming to break the “vicious circle of monolingualism” in the UK was held at Cambridge University on 30 October, featuring representatives of government, education and key organisations including the British Academy and the British Council. A … Read more

More unis closing MFL departments

22 Oct 2015 Graduation day

The Times Higher Education reports that Northumbria University has now joined other HE institutions, including Salford and Ulster universities, in reducing their MFL provision. Read the full article here: The University Council of Modern Languages, led by Jocelyn Wyburd … Read more

New President and Chair for S2F

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At today’s Language Show Live, the Campaign for Languages is delighted to announce the closer involvement of two staunch supporters of our campaign, with effect from this autumn. Baroness Jean Coussins, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages and … Read more

See you at the Show!

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Speak to the Future is pleased to be strategic partner for the 2015 Language Show Live in London Olympia, this week (Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October). If you are in the area, why not come to see the Exhibition, … Read more

Invitation: Languages Policy workshop 30 Oct

07 Oct 2015 UniCam

Speak to the Future is delighted to support this important workshop on national languages policy hosted by Cambridge University on 30 October – supporters who would be interested in attending would be very welcome: click on the link below to book … Read more

An offer to S2F supporters from Rosetta Stone

09 Sep 2015 RSoffer

Back To School Promotional Offer – a message and video from Rosetta Stone to supporters of Speak to the Future: As part of our back to school drive Rosetta Stone is offering promotional rates for a limited period to support Schools in the … Read more

Speak to the Future calls for Head Teachers to implement the EBacc and support an outward-facing Britain with an outward-facing curriculum, which includes languages

20 Aug 2015

Figures for GCSE entries published today show a 6% fall in the number of pupils taking languages GCSEs, providing further evidence that the positive effect of the EBacc performance measure is at risk. Numbers taking French, German and Spanish rose … Read more

Mixed messages from today’s A level results for languages

13 Aug 2015

A level entry figures for 2015 released by JCQ show a substantial rise in the numbers of students taking Spanish at A level: the subject saw a 14.4% increase, which was the second highest across all subjects after computing. However … Read more

Building a multilingual future for modern Britain – Government intervenes to protect community languages

27 Jul 2015 Nicky Morgan

Bernardette Holmes, Speak to the Future Campaign Director, writes about this recent campaign focus. To read up on the background of this campaign, click here (page opens in new tab Speak to the Future together with other organisations and community groups … Read more

Future of community language qualifications secured – DfE announcement

22 Jul 2015

Following campaigns by community groups and Speak to the Future, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has today announced that the DfE is taking action to ensure that GCSEs and A levels in languages such as Polish, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, Turkish and … Read more

Let’s make sure the Government keeps its promise to save language exams

13 May 2015 Nicky Morgan

On 23 April, Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, announced that the Conservative party was pledging to save GCSEs and A Levels in small-entry languages. This followed from Labour’s commitment to do the same the previous month. Ms Morgan said: “I … Read more

RT news report on poor UK language skills

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Bernardette Holmes, Campaign Director for Speak to the Future, joins the British Council’s Vicky Gough and Cambridge University’s Jocelyn Wyburd in this piece on the UK’s poor position in language learning compared to other European countries. RT has an audience … Read more

Barry Jones – a life of distinction

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Barry Jones - Celebrating a life of distinction It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Barry Jones, Emeritus-Fellow of Homerton College Cambridge.   Barry will be known to many language teachers as an outstanding teacher educator … Read more

Withdrawal of GCSE and A level exams in small-entry languages – Call to action

24 Mar 2015 Language bubbles2

Update 22/7: the Government has announced that the DfE is taking action to ensure that GCSEs and A levels in languages such as Polish, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, Turkish and Gujarati will remain available to pupils. Scroll down for the background to … Read more

British Council’s new innovation & MFL project

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S2F is delighted to support the British Council’s new “Think Differently!” project which aims to encourage schools to try out innovative ways of teaching MFL. The project is launching with a free seminar on Wednesday 11 March (6-9pm) at the … Read more

OUP launches Dictionary Tree competition

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Your school could win a sack full of Oxford School Dictionaries, posters, and more – thanks to this fantastic competition from OUP. For the chance to win, OUP are asking you to simply guess how many dictionaries it’s taken to … Read more

The #YearOverHere Campaign

11 Nov 2014 S2F-YOH

Third Year Abroad are very excited to announce their new #YearOverHere Campaign, in partnership with Routes into Languages and Speak to the Future! spends a lot of time and enthusiasm encouraging students to spend time abroad during (or immediately after) their degree. Why? … Read more

Success at the Language Show Live

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Speak to the Future has formed a strategic partnership with the London Language Show for 2014 – it has been a resounding success! Friday events As part of the partnership with the London Language Show, Speak to the Future was … Read more

Strictly 1000 Words competition results!

The final of the Strictly 1000 words competition was held at the Language Show Live in London on 18 October, presided over by the wonderful Larry Lamb, whose support for Speak to the Future has been generous and whole-hearted. We … Read more

Ofqual announces improvements to A Level languages

29 Sep 2014 S2Fofqal

Ofqual has announced that changes will be made to A Level gradings in MFL to ensure that the most able students can be differentiated in a more reliable way. Following an in-depth look at A Levels in French, German and … Read more

A inspirational story on the European Day of Languages

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On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, Speak to the Future wishes well to all the schools, colleagues and individuals who are celebrating language learning and linguistic diversity across the UK and Europe. Here is one inspirational project … Read more

Plans to mark European Day of Languages

25 Sep 2014

A wealth of activity up and down the country will mark the European Day of Languages this year. We’d like to share with you the press release from Speak to the Future, issued today, listing the main activities the campaign is supporting. … Read more


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Yes! #languages4schools – a new competition from Rosetta Stone

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#languages4schools Year 2: Speak to the Future is supporting a new and exciting competition from Rosetta Stone aimed at London’s Primary Schools Following last year’s competition, launched by Gary Lineker, which successfully promoted languages in secondary schools in five major … Read more

Rosetta Stone becomes key partner of Speak to the Future

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Leading the debate: Rosetta Stone becomes key partner of Speak to the Future. The Speak to the Future campaign is delighted to announce that Rosetta Stone has become the campaign’s newest partner and sponsor. In their announcement, Rosetta Stone said: ”Rosetta … Read more

What is happening to languages at GCSE?

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Languages are unlikely to make the headlines in today’s GCSE figures published today by JCQ – the organisation has judged the situation to be ‘stable’. Although there has been a slight decline in numbers taking languages exams, this is in … Read more

What is happening to languages at A Level?

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Today’s A level figures show that entries for modern language subjects dropped by 3%. But entries for all subjects were down by 2% so JCQ, who published the results, was in some ways justified in describing the situation as ‘stable’. … Read more

Speak to the Future supports the ‘Manifesto for Languages’

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In the run up to the next General Election, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages has called on political parties to support a 5-point plan for languages in their 2015 General Election Manifestos. Baroness Coussins, Chair of the APPG on Modern … Read more

Strictly 1,000 words competition! Here’s a chance for language learners to show off what they know….

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Here’s a chance for language learners to show off what they have learnt! In collaboration with the Language Show Live! Speak to the Future is promoting a competition for language learners everywhere. Make a short video using not more than 1,000 … Read more

Steve Haworth, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Steve Haworth, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday 18 June 2014, after living with cancer for over two years. Steve was a very creative and inspiring colleague who made his mark … Read more

Languages: inspiring the future in Oldham

19 Jun 2014 osfc

Last year’s national winner of the British Academy Schools Language Awards was Oldham Sixth Form College, for their project in which A level language students act as ambassadors for languages in primary and secondary schools throughout the borough. Sarah Shaw, … Read more

Strictly 1,000 Words competition – apply now! Language Show Live, in partnership with Speak to the Future, has announced a national competition for language learners in schools, universities and language enthusiasts everywhere to take the 1000 words challenge one step further.

03 Jun 2014

Language Show Live, in partnership with Speak to the Future, has announced a national competition for language learners in schools, universities and language enthusiasts everywhere to take the 1000 words challenge one step further. Entrants are asked to produce a … Read more

Multilingual Digital Storytelling Conference: Goldsmiths University (London)

12 May 2014

Goldsmiths University have been running the innovative Critical Connections project and are pleased to invite all interested parties to attend this conference which will share the project’s key findings. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the project examines the potential … Read more

The Guardian: George Szirtes: what being bilingual means for my writing and identity

07 May 2014

As Speak to the Future gets ready for its symposium on Home Languages on 21 May, supporters may be interested in reading this article in the Guardian in which Hungarian-born poet George Szirtes, who writes in both English and his … Read more

Languages 2014 – 2025: are we set fair for the challenge? The real significance of Language Trends

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September 2014 will bring about a sea-change for the learning and teaching of languages in our primary and secondary schools. Read more

Funding to promote languages in schools!

21 Mar 2014 winners2013

The British Academy is offering a series of Awards throughout the UK for projects that encourage larger numbers of students to take languages to advanced and degree level. The Awards are open to all UK secondary schools, supplementary schools and … Read more

Erasmus+ funding available now for work, study & training abroad

19 Feb 2014 Erasmus+

Institutions & individuals can get funding for work, study or training abroad. The money is available now. Do you, or a colleague in your institution, want to study, train, gain work experience or volunteer abroad? Or organise a transnational partnership … Read more

Foreign languages in Wales – from bad to worse

11 Feb 2014

Last year we heard that the Welsh Government intended to remove the languages element from the Welsh Baccalaureate. Now even more damage is to be done to language learning in Wales In December last year we reported that the Welsh … Read more

The 1000 words challenge goes live!

22 Jan 2014

New free vocabulary learning platform launched at BETT Pupils and their parents are being offered a new fun way to get into language learning in 2014. Vocab Express, the online learning application, has teamed up with dictionary publisher Oxford University … Read more

Inspiring the future with languages

21 Dec 2013

Speak to the Future has teamed up with the Education and Employers Task Force to promote a focus week on languages and careers. In the run up to the week we’ll be encouraging schools to take advantage of a free … Read more

Our end of year news: looking back to look forward

19 Dec 2013 William Hague opens FCO Language Centre

2013 has proved to be year of mixed fortunes for languages. In terms of our overarching S2F campaign objectives, there is good reason to be cheerful but no reason to be complacent. Please scroll down to read our full update, … Read more

Proposals to remove languages from the Welsh Baccalaureate

04 Dec 2013

Just at a time when employers are calling more strongly than ever before for better language skills, and hard on the heels of the British Council’s recent report on Languages for the Future and the British Academy’s Lost for Words research on the need for … Read more

Language Show 2013

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We had a wonderful time on our stand at the Language Show last weekend – we had so many new signups, and lots of 1000 Words challengers too! Our ‘Why do you speak yours?’ wall was very popular, and by … Read more

Launch of 1000 Words

25 Sep 2013 1000 Words

Is it only the most able who can aspire to speak another language, or should it be a realistic goal for everyone? Speak to the Future’s new campaign aims to challenge elitist attitudes towards language learning and calls for 1000 … Read more

EBacc to the future? Languages results rise at GCSE but is the crisis really over?

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Better news for languages in this morning’s GCSE results  is very encouraging. But is it enough and will it last? Today’s figures show 44% of the cohort has taken a modern language in 2013, a rise of 3% on 2012.  … Read more

Guardian Public Language Champion Award

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The British Academy has partnered with the Guardian to raise the profile of language learning in the UK. From August 2013 the newspaper will be campaigning to increase public interest in and awareness of the impact language learning has on British … Read more

A Level entry figures ignore employers’ call for language skills

15 Aug 2013 A Level Results

Statement from Bernardette Holmes, Speak to the Future Campaign Director:  Congratulations to all those celebrating A Level results published today, but why are so few choosing languages?   Yet again, there are dramatic falls in the number of students of French … Read more

Speak to the future on Twitter


Speak to the future (@speak2future) is now represented on Twitter by: ^BH: Bernadette Holmes, Campaign Director. ^TT: Teresa Tinsley, Project Leader 1000 Words. ^LF: Lizzie Fane, Communications Adviser. ^PH: Philip Harding-Esch, Projects Officer. Find out more about the Campaign and … Read more

Talk the Talk: A guide to maximising your prospects using languages

03 Jul 2013 Talk the Talk

The British Academy, in collaboration with the European Commission, has released a new booklet for school children and undergraduates called “Talk the Talk: A Guide to Maximising your Prospects Using Languages”, which promotes languages as a “long-term investment for you, … Read more

Let us know: #WhyDoYouSpeakYours?

02 Jul 2013 Language Day 2011

Everyone has a story behind why they speak a certain language. Perhaps you have a French grandmother, or you dream of living in Spain, or maybe you’d like an international career spent communicating with clients in their own language to make … Read more

Proposed transfer or closure of Translation Studies Unit at Imperial College

24 Jan 2013 Translating and interpreting

Share your views on the proposed transfer or closure of the Translation Studies Unit at Imperial College Read more

2,000 sign petition to save languages exams

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Our petition to save Asset Languages has received extensive coverage, including an article published in the Times Educational Supplement last week, and has now attracted over 2,000 supporters. Read more

Decline in languages at GCSE is halted

23 Aug 2012 GCSE students

Following years of decline, results released today showed that entries for modern languages at GCSE have increased from 309,397 to 315,444, up by almost 2%. Read more

Languages at A Level: French, German and Spanish in decline

16 Aug 2012 Secondary students

The provisional results for 2012 were published today, showing a decline in take-up of French, German and Spanish throughout the UK. Read more

We need your help! Support our petition to save languages exams

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Awarding organisation OCR recently announced that it intends to reduce its Asset Languages assessment scheme from 25 to only 5 languages from 2014. Help us convince them to change their plans. Read more

Consultation on primary languages

06 Jul 2012 Primary schoolchildren

Following last month’s announcement that the teaching of a foreign language is to be compulsory at Key Stage 2, the government is now seeking views on this proposal, which will see languages become part of the new curriculum due to be launched in 2014. Read more

Lost For Words: The need for languages in UK public policy

05 Jul 2012 British Academy

The British Academy has launched an inquiry into languages that will look at the UK’s current and future need for language capacity in a rapidly changing global context. It will investigate how well existing language capacity is utilised for public policy … Read more

Launch of careers talk volunteer scheme

02 Jul 2012 News

Workers willing to give careers talks which can include languages to pupils are being encouraged to volunteer via a scheme which was launched by Nick Clegg today at Bishops Challoner School in Tower Hamlets. Read more

Language Rich Europe: Britain lags behind despite advantages

26 Jun 2012 Language Rich Europe

The British Council-led Language Rich Europe (LRE) consortium has released findings from research analysing languages throughout Europe. It shows that England has many linguistic advantages – phenomenal diversity, an international language, innovative teaching and a commitment to multilingualism. But it lags … Read more

Over 1 million school students speak a language in addition to English

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The results of the 2012 School Census show that the number of learners in state schools who speak a language other than English at home in England has topped the million mark for the first time. The School Census, undertaken … Read more

EC study highlights weak foreign language skills among 14-15 year olds

21 Jun 2012 EU

Findings from the first European Survey on Language Competences suggest that school students are struggling by comparison with their European counterparts. A linked Eurobarometer opinion poll shows support for increasing multilingualism in the UK, with two thirds of respondents believing … Read more

Primary language learning to be compulsory from 7

10 Jun 2012 Primary schoolchildren

Under reforms to the National Curriculum in England, the Government has announced plans to make language learning compulsory from age 7. The new programmes of study, which are being published for consultation this week, are to be introduced in schools from September 2014. Read more

The Speak to the future view on teaching primary languages across the whole of Key Stage 2

18 May 2012 Primary schoolchildren

Responding to the report of the National Curriculum Review’s Expert Panel, Speak to the future – the campaign for languages – suggests that the Government follows the example of many countries around the world and makes language learning statutory from at least age 7, potentially from age 5. Read more

Our response to the Express: ‘We pay tutors to teach immigrants their own language’

01 May 2012

After raising the issue on the Speak to the future LinkedIn discussion group, Teresa Tinsley of Alcantara Communications wrote to the Sunday Express last month to contest their article ‘We pay tutors to teach immigrants their own language’. Read more

A Level student’s letters: ‘It’s wrong to assume everyone can speak English’

30 Apr 2012

A Yorkshire A Level student has written to local newspapers and Shadow Education Minister Stephen Twigg to raise awareness of the Speak to the future campaign and address a situation where young people in the UK are ‘falling behind their … Read more

Businesses back the campaign for languages

18 Apr 2012 The City

A meeting of leading industry players signalled their support for the Speak to the future campaign today. A breakfast meeting was held in the City, attended by senior figures from organisations including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Linklaters, Herbert Smith and … Read more

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