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ERIC Number: ED477220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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UK Capability in Languages: Response from the Centre for Language in Education to the Nuffield Languages Inquiry. Occasional Paper.
Southampton Univ. (England). Centre for Language Education.
This paper responds to the Nuffield Languages Inquiry regarding the following: what language capabilities the United Kingdom (UK) will need in the next 20 years to fulfill its economic, strategic, social, and cultural goals and aspirations; the extent to which current policies and arrangements meet these needs; and strategic planning and initiatives needed. In recent decades, English has achieved an unprecedented world role, but current patterns of world demography and population are rapidly changing the relative numbers of first language speakers for significant languages. Thus, the UK must provide foreign language training as an integral part of education for all citizens. Citizens must become proficient in at least one major language of the European Union (French, German, and Spanish). The paper recommends including a language question in the Census of the Population to determine the range of languages spoken. The United Kingdom lacks coordination from one sector to the next at all levels of foreign language learning. A shortage of foreign language teachers is a critical problem. It is necessary to recognize the interconnectedness between the development of English and other mother tongues and the move into foreign languages; language competence and awareness; and language development and the need to improvise and make mistakes in the course of learning. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Centre for Language in Education, Research & Graduate School of Education, University of Southhampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, England, United Kingdom. Tel: 00-44-0-1703-592433; Fax: 00-44-0-1703-593556; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Southampton Univ. (England). Centre for Language Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom