Languages: The State of the Nation. Demand and supply of language skills in the UK
Some of the key findings of the report:
- 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 a 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.
There is clearly room for improvement and also scope for reform.
The full report can be accessed here