UK languages news, the 1000 Words Challenge and a Happy New Year!


S2F ambassadors are actively campaigning for the value of languages across the country. We are focusing on building partnerships and alliances with major organisations to ensure maximum influence and impact for our campaign. We have unified our message through our 1000 Words Challenge and while we recognise that there is much more to do, we feel that we also have made substantive progress in raising the profile of languages and in changing public perceptions. 

It has been a year of mixed fortunes for languages and a lively one for the Campaign. Here in headlines is our latest news. Please click the links to read more, or click here for the full newsletter text.

As we approach the end of the year, we would like to thank all of our supporters for your continued belief in the campaign! We are more effective if we can work together and combine our strengths and energies.  Let us make collaboration and partnership our objectives for 2014. Together we can and we must make a difference.
If you’re celebrating Christmas, have a very Merry one and to all a Happy New Year!

Bernardette Holmes
Campaign Director

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S2F to partner the London Languages Show 2014

S2F has formed a strategic partnership with the London Language Show for 2014.  We will be jointly planning the programme for this 'must attend' event for the languages industry, taking place 17-19 October 2014.

This new and prestigious partnership offers a direct opportunity for all of the organisations supporting S2F to contribute ideas and shape the agenda for this major annual event.

We will be in touch with as many of you as possible in the New Year to take things forward!

recognises severe grading of languages at A Level 

In response to campaigns from ALL and ISMLA, Glenys Stacey the chief regulator has finally acknowledged that there is a crisis, saying that the grading issue is ‘so pressing that changes may be made before the planned exam reform in 2016.’ S2F will be keeping this agenda live and pushing for action to be taken forward.

Inspiring languages – speakers for schools

Speak to the Future has teamed up with the Education and Employers Task Force and Collins to promote a focus week on languages and careers during March. In the run up to the week we’ll be encouraging schools to take advantage of a free scheme, Inspiring the Future. 

Good news for lesser taught and community languages!

Any foreign language can now be offered as a foundation subject in the National Curriculum for KS2 and any modern foreign language can be offered in KS3.  Changes to Statutory Orders will allow schools the freedom to teach any modern language they choose. Read more >>

Highly qualified linguists are in demand

At the reopening of the Foreign Office Language School in September, William Hague, Foreign Secretary, was unequivocal in affirming the value of languages and cultural understanding to our national interests.

Languages from age seven from September 2014

For this very welcome government reform to succeed, there must be a coherent experience of languages for all children in primary school which can be reliably taken into account by the receiving secondary schools. Read more >>

Arsène Wenger: Public Language Champion

The British Academy Language Festival concluded with the Public Language Champion award going to Arsène Wenger, Manager of Arsenal Football Club. Arsène speaks five languages in addition to French! 

Christmas Challenge

And now for something a little different.  Do you recognise the voice of this languages ambassador?  If you would like to champion languages and join our team of S2F ambassadors for 2014, please contact us!

Compulsory languages to 17?

That’s the message from the British Chambers of Commerce on the basis of their report in June on the language skills gap.

Languages in the headlines

The British Academy partnership with The Guardian to champion languages in the UK, as well as a new report by the British Council on Languages for the Future, have helped to keep the profile of languages high in the media.

Make learning 1000 words your New Year's Resolution!

S2F has linked up with online vocabulary learning provider Vocab Express and Oxford University Press to give everyone the chance to take the 1000 Words Challenge for free. Read on for more news of this exciting development >>

EBacc makes a difference, but for how long?

August 2013 figures showed a pleasing rise in the number of students taking GCSE languages with an overall increase of 16.9%.  But new changes to school accountability measures could seriously undermine the EBacc effect.
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