“Languages are an increasingly key issue across all areas of policy and government as the world becomes more connected and the UK’s dealings abroad become ever more complex. The APPG exists to bring key people together and ensure these issues are raised.”
Raising the profile of foreign language skills in the UK
The APPG’s stated purpose is to:
- explore the educational, skills-related, employment, competitive and cultural benefits of learning and using languages throughout the UK
- provide a parliamentary forum for information exchange and consultation
- encourage and support policies and action improving the take-up of languages in schools, further and higher education, in the workplace and in the community.
The Chair of the APPG is Nia Griffith MP (Labour). The Co-Chair is Baroness Coussins (Crossbench). The Vice-Chairs are Sir David Amess MP (Conservative) and Baroness Garden (Liberal Democrat).
Public enquiry point for the APPG: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Members of the APPG
See a list of the present members of the APPG.
Manifesto for Languages
The APPG launched its Manifesto for Languages on 14 July 2014. Among the policies being sought are:
- A commitment to transform the reputation of UK citizens as poor linguists
- High quality language learning for all children throughout the UK from age 7
- A goal for every child to have a high quality language qualification by the end of secondary education.
- Active encouragement for business and employers to get involved in tackling the crisis through a tax break for companies investing in language training
- A commitment to maintaining and developing UK expertise in modern languages and cultures in university language departments
Learn more about the Manifesto for Languages.
The manifesto has attracted the support of the organisations and individuals listed below.
If you would like to add your name or your organisation’s name to the list of manifesto supporters, please contact the APPG.