Number of undergraduates on full-time modern foreign language courses at lowest point in a decade, new report concludes
The 5th ALTE International Conference is one of the largest multilingual events for the global language assessment community. ALTE Paris 2014 provides an opportunity to hear influential voices, discuss key issues and meet colleagues from around the world. The two day event builds on the success of the 4th ALTE International Conference, held in 2011, by extending the debate into new and fascinating areas. Plenary speakers reflect both the diversity and scope of the event, and the increasingly important field of language assessment.
The conference will take place in Paris, from Thursday 10 – Friday 11 April, at the Maison Internationale, part of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris.
The real significance of Language Trends
Bernardette Holmes, Speak to the Future’s Campaign Director, comments on research published on 25 March, 2014.
The publication of the 12th in the series of annual research exercises, Language Trends 2013-2014 carried out under the joint direction of CfBT and the British Council provides us with an up-to-date appraisal of language provision in English schools. The benefit of this report is in its longevity. It is the only survey which has collated annual data drawn from a sample of state maintained and independent secondary schools over this critical period in the development of language policy.
Primary and secondary schools in England are worried they will not meet new requirements to effectively teach languages, a report from the British Council and CfBT Education Trust has found.
The Guardian online – English schools not ready for language curriculum change– http://bit.ly/1j2tmHY
Screen Daily online – BEV, British Council welcome 20 international delegates – http://bit.ly/OZHEOc
Birds Eye View (BEV) and the British Council have renewed and expanded their partnership on an International Delegates programme in April 2014.
The Birds Eye View Festival, which runs April 8-13, will welcome 20 female writers, directors and producers for a bespoke series of training, networking and industry events from April 10-14.
Eleven countries are represented including Iraq, Indonesia, Cuba, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Jamaica, Pakistan Romania and Argentina.
This year’s programme builds on 2013’s inaugural run. Again the partners are BAFTA and MoFilm.
This threat of digital extinction for smaller languages will become even more acute as the internet – and the larger languages that it rode in on – extends into every aspect of our lives, dictating how we speak and think. Smartphones, tablets, mobile apps and social media all increase the reach of the digital universe, accompanying us from the second we wake up (and check the news and our email) to the last moment before we sleep (one final scroll through our Twitter feeds).
How can we reverse this trend for the European languages at risk? Read more
In 2002, government leaders of the member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age,” and in 2005, the Union’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective “to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.”
“Learning a foreign language fosters diversity, social inclusion and intercultural dialogue in Europe and beyond,” Dennis Abbott, the European Commission’s spokesman for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, wrote in an email. “But language learning is more than that. In a globalized world, languages are a crucial asset for mobility and jobs, especially for young people.”