In the week beginning 20 September 2010 the Association for Language Learning carried out a wide-ranging consultation exercise with its members, inviting their thoughts on the current state of language teaching in the UK, on government policy for languages and its implementation in schools and other educational institutions, and on the public perception of language learning.
A summative report of the main points emerging from this exercise is now available here. It offers an up-to-the-minute snapshot of language learning and teaching in the UK as seen by professionals involved ‘on the ground’ and presents their positive suggestions about the way forward for better languages education in our country.
"We as a body of professionals need to get together and say what we believe are the most effective pedagogical approaches to language learning, reflect on […] our own practice and then tell the exam boards what and how they should be assessing. We are the people we have been waiting for"
(Head of Languages at a secondary school in the North East)