Introduction

Here you will find information from a variety of sources on the impact of the Routes into Languages programme, reports on the motivation of language learners and useful statistics about language learning in England and Wales.

Routes into Languages Student Ambassador Case Studies: England 2012

This report analyses the experiences and work of a number of Routes into Languages student language ambassadors in 2011-2012. The ambassador scheme has been recruiting undergraduate language students from Routes partner universities to provide support for languages enrichment activities in universities and schools.

Routes into Languages first year undergraduate survey in England and Wales: students' prior engagement with languages outreach and enrichment activities 2012

This report presents the findings of a questionnaire survey of first year undergraduates at universities in England and Wales in 2011-2012. The survey aimed to find out about students' engagement with languages outreach and enrichment activities while they were at school or college.

Routes into Languages Event Evaluations in England 2011-2012

This report presents the findings of a large-scale pilot evaluation survey of Routes into Languages activities in England in 2011-2012. The survey set out to collect information on learners' experiences of Routes events and to measure indications of attitudinal changes in the immediate aftermath of events.

Evaluation of HEFCE's programme of support for Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects
A report to HEFCE by Curtis+Cartwright Consulting 2011

HEFCE commissioned Curtis and Cartwright Consulting to conduct the summative evaluation of its programme of support for Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects (SIVS).  The evaluation considered:

  • the areas of impact, the extent to which HEFCE's interventions have made a lasting difference
  • effectiveness, identifying which interventions have been the most effective and whether the outcomes would have occurred without these interventions
  • value for money, whether HEFCE could have achieved greater value for money by adopting a different approach.

A summary of the main findings can be downloaded by clicking here.

Routes into Languages Sustainability Audit

This report constitutes an overview of Routes into Languages activity during the 4+ years of its existence, providing evidence of the wealth of achievements that have been made and would be lost if funding were to cease. It also highlights what could be built on if funding were to continue. It is based entirely on the recent in-depth audit carried out by all Routes consortia in England and is a summary of the audit.

Latest report updates from the National Network for Interpreting 2007/2011

This report details the scale of activities undertaken by the National Network for Interpreting in the period of time 2007-2011. The network has reached a large number of participants and extensive geographical coverage. To September 2011, the network website has been augmented with new sections and teaching resources and growing attention has been given to interpreting for the public sector. The network organised collaboratively with partners a large number of events centred on employability and on promotion of interpreting as a profession. The document concludes that the partners are extremely pleased with the impact of the network’s activities so far, though only a longer timescale would allow them to gauge the full scale of the project’s impact.

Final report from our external evaluators SQW May 2011

The report highlights the diverse range of activities undertaken by the nine Routes into Languages regional consortia and by the National Networks for Translating and Interpreting. It also demonstrates the impact of the Routes into Languages Programme on increasing student motivation in school and on helping to enhance the profile of languages. The report concludes by proposing that the Routes programme represents a highly successful model of collaboration.

National pupil and teacher attitude surveys 2010

This report presents the findings of questionnaire surveys conducted with teachers and students in schools which have participated in Routes into Languages activities in England. It includes analysis of 101 teacher questionnaires, 1791 Phase 1 pupil questionnaires (Phase 1) and case studies of 12 schools where students were followed up with a second questionnaire (Phase 2). The questionnaires set out to elicit information on students’ attitudes towards foreign language learning; on teachers’ perceptions of students’ attitudes and on the impact of Routes into Languages.

Hobsons report 2007/8

This report, commissioned by the Steering Group of the Routes into Languages Programme, details the findings of research into the education-related perceptions and behaviours of school- and college-leavers in the UK.  The study is centred on bespoke analysis of data collected as part of Hobsons’ 2007 School-leaver survey.  The aim of the study was to gain an insight into general attitudes towards languages as subjects of study, to understand how to engage effectively with school- and college-leavers as they plan their future, and to explore the particular perceptions and behaviours of prospective language undergraduates and of students who were pursuing a language qualification at school or college but who did not intend to pursue language study in higher education (HE).

Regional partners in the news

Routes East - October 2011 - Recognition at the European Language Labels Awards as reported by Bedfordshire News

Routes East - October 2011 - Eastern region sweeps the board at languages award as reported by Bedfordshire on sunday

Routes South West - March 2012 - Sweet spell of success for language contest pupils as reported by this is somerset

Routes South West - March 2012 - Young linguists impress judges as reported by North Devon Gazette 24

Routes East - May 2012 - Wisbech girls take first and second in foreign language spelling bee as reported by CambsTimes24

Routes Yorkshire and The Humber - April 2012 - James shows off his spelling skills in contest as reported by the Epworth Bells

Routes East - October 2012 - Norwich City's Javier Garrido teachers schoolchildren Spanish as reported by Norwich Evening News

Routes East - October 2012 - Norwich City defender Javier Garrido helps schoolchildren learn Spanish as reported by EDP24

Routes East - October 2012 - Young linguists at Haverhill school are up to the challenge as reported by Haverhill Echo