Does supply match demand when it comes to the range of languages offered in our schools and universities? How well are we equipping people with languages, alongside other crucial employment skills? Are we providing a broad enough spectrum of the population with language skills?
The British Academy’s State of the Nation report draws together the baseline data on foreign language demand and supply in the UK in order to deepen our understanding of these issues and consider how best to address them.
Strategic deficits in language learning have already been identified in policy and research papers prepared by the British Academy among many others. This report forms part of the Academy’s language programme and is the first comprehensive review of the empirical data available in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
…The State of the Nation report calls for a concerted and joined-up efforts across government, education providers, employers, language learners and the wider community to ensure that language policies respond to new economic realities….read more.