Languages: The State of the Nation

The British Academy has just published the report:

Languages: The State of the Nation. Demand and supply of language skills in the UK

 These are some of the key findings of the report; there is clearly room for improvement and also scope for reform:

  •  There is strong evidence that the UK is suffering from a growing deficit in foreign language skills at a time when globally, the demand for language skills is expanding
  • The range and nature of languages being taught is insufficient to meet current and future demand
  • Language skills are needed at all levels in the workforce, and not simply by an internationally-mobile elite
  • A weak supply of language skills is pushing down demand and creating vicious circle of monolingualism
  • Languages spoken by British school children, in addition to English, represent a valuable future source of supply – if these skills can be developed appropriately.

 Links of the summary and full report can be found here: http://www.britac.ac.uk/policy/State_of_the_Nation_2013.cfm

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