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The DfE has announced the continuation of these threatened qualifications. UCML warmly welcomes this news and congratulates the DfE and the Awarding Bodies on the work which has gone into securing their future. This is of massive importance given our increasingly multilingual society and provides recognition for the diversity of languages spoken and being learnt by members of our communities. We hope that this will encourage more young people to continue learning languages at school, at university and as lifelong learners.


The Language Trends Survey 2015/16 – now in its fourteenth year – identifies numerous challenges currently facing language teaching in schools in England. This year’s research is based on an online survey completed by teachers in 492 state secondary schools, 556 state primary schools and 132 independent secondary schools across the country. Case studies from both primary and secondary schools have also been included to provide a more detailed picture of what is happening on the ground.


This survey, carried out by members of the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) and the Association of University Language Centres in the UK (AULC), sought to obtain a snapshot of Institution-wide Language Provision (IWLP) activity across the higher education sector in the UK. Also sometimes referred to as ‘Languages for All’, IWLP typically comprises elective language course units taken for academic credit and language courses studied in addition to and alongside a student’s degree programme. Students taking these courses have been referred to as ‘non-specialist language learners’ since they often have little background in foreign language learning, and the courses they study are not a compulsory component of the degree programme for which they are registered. This is the fourth year in succession that the UCML-AULC survey has been conducted. As there is no other mechanism or agency in a position to compile this data, the UCML-AULC survey is of particular importance. The last three UCML-AULC surveys (2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015) showed that IWLP is an expanding area attracting increasing numbers of students, and this trend in UK HE is the continuation of a pattern originally identified in earlier surveys (Marshall, 2001; Byrne and Abbott, 20072).


We have now published a language teaching report on the Less-Widely Taught Languages (European and World languages) in HE following on from the original report on French, German, Italian and Spanish two years ago. The report can be accessed from our Languages Education > HE languages page.


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Born Global is a resource for the languages community to use to help make the case for the importance and value of studying languages.


The AHRC has formally announced the successful bids to the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) programme and launched it. UCML would like to congratulate all its member universities who are involved and looks forward to supporting them.


Professor Julain Preece, VC (Research) UCML writes to Mr Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skill, National Assembly for Wales in support of A level German provision.


Nominations for the above role, member of the Steering group of UCML, are now open to 25 April 2016. Please see the role description under further reading, together with the nomination form. Elections, if required, will take place in late April 2016, closing 8 May 2016, at 4pm.


Read the letter of protest from UCML Vice Chair for Research Julian Preece on behalf of the major scholarly societies for Modern Languages in the UK. Written in response to the shocking news that teaching and research staff in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham have been told by Jeremy Gregory that many of them will be made redundant.