Routes into Languages is a HEFCE Funded project to promote language learning
Over the last few years, our Department has built a programme of outreach activities with Secondary schools in a bid to inject new interest in language learning into the minds of young people aged 11-18 years. The impetus for this liaison work was the down-playing of modern languages in the secondary school curriculum, whereby students were given the choice to opt not to study a language at GCSE level, meaning the numbers of British young people studying languages started to decrease.
‘Routes into Languages’ is a government funded programme implemented nationally designed to help young people realize the importance of and to benefit from language learning in an increasingly globalised world. An important initiative when only 18% of the British population speaks a 2nd language.
For 2012 we have designed a programme of varying activities to engage all learners of foreign languages between years 10 and 12 (aged 15-17) seeking on the one hand to enable them to better understand the opportunities that might become available to them if they study a language, and on the other to help boost an already lively interest they share in language learning.