The APPG on Modern Language has published a series of documents and position statements making the case for improvements to language policy in the UK.

2019: National Recovery Programme for Languages

The National Recovery Programme for Languages sets out strategic objectives across five sectors, with a series of goals for each:

  • Schools should ensure all young people learn a language from ages five to 18 and provide a variety of forms of accreditation
  • Colleges and universities should protect and expand language courses to reverse closures of degree courses
  • Business should invest in language and cultural skills in the workforce to boost GDP and export growth
  • Government should take a strategic lead on this question, perform an audit of language skills in the civil service and rectify the absence of language skills in the Export and Industrial strategies
  • Society should recognise language skills as achievable, beneficial and fun to learn.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages calls on Government, civil society and all stakeholders to act now to reverse this national crisis. The National Recovery Programme is proposed as an overarching framework of strategic objectives against which specific policies and actions can be mapped and implemented by the professionals and practitioners with the detailed knowledge and responsibility to achieve a step change in the UK’s languages capability.

Visit the campaign website (includes press release and document for download).

2016: Brexit and Languages: a checklist for Government negotiators and officials 

Brexit and Languages is a one-page checklist under the following four essential language-specific objectives of the Brexit process:

  1. Guaranteeing residency status for EU nationals already living in the UK and safeguarding future recruitment of EU citizens to address the shortage of language skills
  2. Continuing full UK participation in the Erasmus+ programme (noting the examples of  Norway and Switzerland)
  3. Committing to legislate to replicate the rights enshrined in the 2010 European Directive on the Right to Interpretation and Translation in Criminal Proceedings
  4. A post-Brexit plan in education (from primary school to post-graduate research, including apprenticeships), business and the civil service, with specific actions to ensure the UK produces sufficient linguists to meet its future requirements as a leader in global free trade and on the international stage

Visit the campaign website (includes press release and document for download).

2014: Manifesto for Languages

The APPG on Modern Languages published its Manfesto for Languages on 14 July 2014, in order to tackle the “need for a national recovery programme”.  The group called for all political parties to make a general election manifesto commitment to improve the nation’s linguistic skills base. 

The Manifesto was supported by over 50 leading businesses, organisations and universities, including HSBC, UBS, the British Chambers of Commerce, the British Academy, the British Council, the ASCL and the NAHT – and by over 70 leaders and academics.

Visit the campaign website (includes press release and document for download).