ERIC Number: EJ828043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 5
The "Languages Review" in England: Foreign Language Planning in the Absence of an Overarching Policy
Evans, Michael J.
Language Learning Journal, v35 n2 p301-303 Dec 2007
Looked at from a certain distance, the "Languages Review" (Dearing & King, 2007) was seen by some in the foreign language (FL) education community, when it first came out, as a major disappointment because the authors had decided not to opt for the one measure that would reverse the falling numbers of students studying a foreign language at secondary and post-secondary education: namely, the reintroduction of compulsory language learning at KS4. The "severe fall" in the number of pupils continuing to study after KS3 was, after all, the prime motive for the review (Dearing & King, 2006), so why not take the measures which could immediately rectify that deficit? After all, it is not as if such a step would have contravened established norms of language policy-making. In this article, the author observes how the remedies proposed in the review obscure an analysis of the fundamental issues that underlie FL provision in the country. If language learning is to be seen (like other subjects) as a process of progressive acquisition of knowledge and skills, the author contends that there is an urgent need for developing a "joined-up" FL education policy based on strong connections (curricular and collaborative) between the three sectors in UK's educational system.
Descriptors: Language Planning, Second Language Learning, Enrollment, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)