Thank you for your interest in Speak to the future – the campaign for languages. We can provide you with an overview of the campaign, facts and figures which show the value of languages to UK society and economy, and words from high profile ambassadors who are backing the languages cause. You can also find our recent press releases and articles.
About the campaign and its objectives
Speak to the future is highlighting the importance of languages, language learning and professional language activities for the UK. Targeting the public, media, government and policymakers, our initiatives aim to push languages up the agenda – and to bring about a step-change in attitudes and policy. Our objectives are to promote take-up of languages from primary school right through to university – and to encourage the learning of all languages, ensuring that the UK produces more highly qualified linguists. We are backed by over 20 professional bodies and a growing number of businesses. Read more about the campaign.
Why the campaign?
In 2012, university applications to non-European languages fell in 2012 by 21.5% – and by 11.2% to European languages. Numbers taking GCSE French and German have fallen by over half in the last decade. While there have been recent positive developments – for example the planned introduction of language learning from age 7 in 2014 – there are considerable challenges ahead. We have outlined fact and figures which explain why languages are so important.
Words from our ambassadors
“As a working-class lad from North London, learning French opened up the world for me … If ordinary children are discouraged from learning languages, it weakens our society.” Larry Lamb, actor and author
Don’t just take our word for it. Ambassadors from all walks of life are speaking up for languages.
News, press releases and articles
Our news page lists the latest stories from the campaign and the world of languages. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook where we post regular updates. Our press releases and articles are listed below:
- Language Show Live 2014 launches Strictly 1000 Competition (Language Show Live, May 2014)
- pr_inspring the future_final Inspiring the future (February 2014)
- PR-1000words-22Jan14 - the 1000 words challenge (January 2014)
- 1000 words press release 24 sep (September 2013)
- ‘The Speak to the Future view on teaching primary languages across the whole of Key Stage 2′ (May 2012)
- ‘UK cuts 253,000 Euros in funding for international collaboration on language teaching’ (27 October 2011)
- Campaign launch (17 February 2011)