Speak to the future is a new campaign which is highlighting the importance of languages, language learning and professional language activities for the UK. Targeting the public, media and government, our initiatives are raising awareness of the issue – and aim to bring about a step-change in attitude and policy in favour of languages.

The campaign is backed by leading professional and business organisations who are convinced of the importance of language learning for the future of our society, our citizens and our economy.

The campaign objectives

The campaign has five clear and ambitious objectives that set out the value of learning and using other languages in all sectors of education and at all stages of life.
  • Every language valued as an asset

    This will encourage policy makers and citizens to recognise that the many languages used in the homes of UK citizens are a valuable resource for social cohesion and economic success.

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  • A coherent experience of languages for all children in primary school

    This will introduce the learning of other languages and cultures as well as develop a better understanding of how the child’s own languages work.

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  • A basic working knowledge of at least two languages including English for every child leaving secondary school

    This will equip every school leaver to live and work in a global society where confidence in learning and using other languages is a major advantage.

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  • Every graduate qualified in a second language

    This will prepare future leaders in business, the professions, voluntary organisations, education and research to thrive and communicate confidently in complex global societies.

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  • An increase in the number of highly qualified linguists

    This will fulfil the growing need for language professionals, especially English speaking interpreters and translators, and for teachers and researchers specialising in languages and cultures.

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Through research and collaboration, the campaign will demonstrate the importance of languages for the UK’s strategic and political influence, economic success, business opportunities, rich cultural life and civilised society. It will also gather and present evidence of the cognitive, social and career benefits of language learning for individuals.

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