Official reports on Foreign Languages in the UK
The following reports on foreign languages in education (FL) were published, except where stated otherwise, by the UK government.
- 2017, British Council: Languages for the Future.
- Languages for the Future identifies the priority languages for the UK’s future prosperity, security and influence in the world. It updates the British Council’s 2013 report. The report considers the outlook for the supply and demand for language competence in the years ahead and looks at the linguistic dimension of a variety of economic, geopolitical, cultural and educational factors, scoring languages against these. As in the 2013 report, the same five languages top the list: Spanish, Mandarin, French, Arabic and German. They appear some way ahead of the next five, which are: Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese and Russian. The report argues that, in a new era of cooperation with Europe and with the rest of the world, investment in upgrading the UK’s ability to understand and engage with people internationally is critical.
- 2017, Modern Language Association (USA): A reported survey of FL departments in US universities showing the low status of language.
- 2016, Teaching Schools Council: Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review (KS3-4)
- 2016, Arts and Humanities Research Council: Open World Research Initiative (OWRI)
- 2016, British Academy: Born Global: A British Academy Project on Languages and Employability
- 2015, The London Centre for Languages and Cultures: Report on a colloquium on FL across education, from primary to university.
- 2015, Welsh Government: Global futures. A plan to improve and promote modern foreign languages in Wales 2015–2020
- 2014, University Council of Modern Languages: UCML Language Teaching Survey Report 2014 (regarding UK universities)
- 2013, British Academy: Languages: The state of the nation
- 2011, OFSTED: Modern Languages: Achievement and challenge 2007-2010.
- 2009, Review of Modern Foreign Languages provision in higher education in England by Michael Worton.
- 2008, OFSTED: The changing landscape of languages: an evaluation of language learning 2004/2007
- 2007, Languages Review (by Ron Dearing and Lid King)
- 2002, Languages for All: Languages for Life. A Strategy for England
- 2000, Nuffield Foundation: Languages: the next generation
- 1987, Curriculum Matters: Foreign Languages
- 1918, The Leathes Committee Report