Languages: the state of the nation: demand and supply of language skills in the UK

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Author: Tinsley, Teresa

Abstract:

The British Academy commissioned a review of empirical data from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales seeking baseline data on the current demand and supply of language skills in the UK. Key findings from the report include: 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. This report forms part of the British Academy's language program and looks at: the policy background and health of language learning in each of the four parts of the UK; the demand for, and current supply of, language skills in the workplace; and the UK's capacity to meet economic, social, cultural and intellectual needs through languages, both now and in the future. As well as providing an evidence base for future policy development, the report makes the case for a more strategic approach to languages across British businesses, education and governments.

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The British Academy commissioned a review of empirical data from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales seeking baseline data on the current demand and supply of language skills in the UK. Key findings from the report include: 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 ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Language; Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning; Policy; Employment

Keywords: Skill needs; Skill shortage; Education and training needs; Job requirements

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; England; Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; Europe

Published: London, England: British Academy, 2013

Physical description: 193 p.

Access item:
http://www.britac.ac.uk/templates/asset-relay.cfm?frmAssetFileID=12275

ISBN: 9780856726071

Statement of responsibility: A report prepared by Teresa Tinsley. Alcantara Communications.

Resource type: Report

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.1106



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