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.
1st year UG survey 2013- 2014
This report presents the findings of the third annual questionnaire survey of first year undergraduates at universities in England carried out by Routes into Languages. The survey aimed to gauge the impact on attitudes to languages and decisions to study them of students' engagement with languages outreach and enrichment activities while they were at school or college. 1563 undergraduates from 30 English universities took part in this survey.
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). A summary of the main findings can be downloaded by clicking here. 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.
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).
Consortia in the news
We have a number of research reports. They include: