Language Trends annual survey 2008
- The decline in participation in language learning in Key Stage 4 has been halted, although there is little sign yet of any overall increase in numbers.
However, the picture nationally is one of change and transition in language teaching with much innovation and new practice as schools attempt to revitalise provision.
There are serious barriers to rebuilding provision for a significant minority of schools - particularly those with high levels of social disadvantage and low educational achievement.
There are growing regional differences in participation rates in languages with the North East giving particular cause for concern.
Provision is becoming more diversified. Spanish, Italian and Mandarin continue to rise in popularity, while French and German are still falling though less steeply than before.
There has been a strong growth in new qualifications. 41% of schools now offer alternatives to GCSE as opposed to 22% in 2006.
The opportunities for languages within the Phase 1 Diplomas are not being fully exploited.
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