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Languages for all, languages for life

Languages for all: languages for life. A strategy for England (Department for Education and Skills (DfES), now Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF), December 2002)

The National Languages Strategy for England was informed by and built upon the report of the Nuffield Languages Inquiry (2000), the DfES document  Language learning, produced as a download supplement to its 14-19 Green Paper (February 2002) and the work of the Languages National Steering Group, established in July 2001.

It sought to foster a public acceptance of language competence and intercultural understanding as essential components in the make up of an informed international citizen. 

Three overarching objectives were identified: 

  1. To improve teaching and learning of languages (centred on an entitlement to a language learning experience for all pupils in Key Stage 2, with coherent transition to an enhanced and flexible secondary curriculum).
  2. To introduce a recognition system  (a ‘Languages Ladder’ that would potentially credit a learner’s progression through a scenario of lifelong learning and complement existing qualifications frameworks).
  3. To increase the number of people studying languages  (moving beyond schools to further and higher education, and to work-based training,  maximizing the contribution of a suitably skilled workforce within a global (and multilingual) economy).


For further information and updates on the National Languages Strategy, visit the Teachernet website.

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