This seminar focuses on the Language Trends Survey, which is the only school-focussed, subject-specific research exercise of its kind. It has been carried out annually since 2002 and is frequently referred to by senior politicians, including the Secretary of State, academics and leading business organisations.
Firstly, the presenters reflect on the major developments and changes highlighted by the survey that have occurred in languages teaching over the past ten years and discuss likely scenarios for languages education in both primary and secondary schools in the coming decade. Using the rich data and trends which the survey has identified, the presenters then move on to consider what action should be taken to ensure the most positive outcome for the teaching of languages for the future.
This seminar has been divided into five parts. See the links to each part of the seminar below:
- Part 1: Introduction to the survey
- Part 2: Background and scope of the survey
- Part 3: The effect of recent policy
- Part 4: Results of the survey / Looking forward
- Part 5: Discussion and questions
About the presenters
Teresa Tinsley and Kathryn Board are experienced researchers who, between them, have been involved in language education for 25 years, managing many national and international projects and providing policy support to Government. Until 2008 they were Director of Communications and Chief Executive of CILT, The National Centre for Languages respectively. Teresa is founder of Alcantara Communications and Kathryn now works in a freelance capacity. They are the authors of the annual Language Trends Survey on behalf of the British Council/CfBT.