Pupils in a classroom
'Language teachers are as passionate as ever. Policymakers need to capitalise on this.' Photo ©

Mat Wright

June 2020

Languages play an important role in global diplomacy, security and international relations. Languages connect us to the rest of the world and open up educational, cultural and business opportunities. It is vital for the future of the UK that all school pupils have access to high-quality language teaching.

The Language Trends Survey 2020 is the latest in a series of annual reports by the British Council started in 2002 which chart the health of language teaching in English schools. This year’s research is based on an online survey completed between early March to mid-April by teachers from primary schools and secondary schools. 

Author

Ian Collen, lecturer in modern languages education, Queens University, Belfast

Read the survey findings below, and join the webinar on 6 July at 16.00 (UK time).

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