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Language Futures is an exciting initiative for creative primary and secondary schools interested in developing languages beyond the classroom. It works in tandem with the languages provision already in place in school, and is not designed to ‘teach’ a language, but to equip students with the skills to develop as independent learners supported by school, home and a language proficient mentor from the community. It can help schools to:

  • broaden language provision
  • improve language provision through transferable skills
  • promote linguistic diversity
  • create autonomous and informed language learners
  • increase motivation and engagement amongst learners
  • provide opportunities for More Able, Gifted and Talented pupils
  • celebrate pupils’ home languages
  • develop links with the wider community
  • increase creativity and cross-curricular links through project-based learning
  • explore opportunities for curriculum innovation
  • maximise the time devoted to primary languages.

Motivation and engagement are key to the approach with learners not only choosing the language they wish to learn, but also exercising choice in elements of what and how to learn. The class teacher acts as a facilitator of language learning rather than a teacher of a specific language by creating the conditions for students to manage their own learning processes and supporting them to learn collaboratively with their peers.

Please see the Background page for information on how this highly innovative approach has been developed over the last number of years.  Explore the Approach page for information on the core features of the Language Futures approach.

The Getting Started page offers advice on how the approach can be established in your school, including planning and preparing for its introduction.

Broadening language provision to create independent and engaged language learners


The Language Futures approach puts young people in control to create a deep sense of engagement in their learning.

It helps students to feel motivated and to see the relevance of their language learning by tapping into their own personal interests and lives outside of school.

Watch the Language Futures video to learn more about students’ and teachers’ experience of the approach.

Language Futures News

Language Futures at Language World 2017

Language World is the Association for Language Learning’s annual conference and CPD event offering a packed programme with speakers from across the languages sector attracting up to 250 participants a day. Held in March, the theme this year was Progress for ALL and... read more

Language Futures Teacher Taster Session

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017 Time: 10.00 – 13.00 Venue: Linton Village College, Cambridgeshire Would you like to learn more about the Language Futures approach? Language Futures is a highly innovative and creative approach to language teaching and learning.  It... read more

Launch of Language Futures in Primary Schools

Broadening Language Provision and Creating Independent and Engaged Language Learners Language Futures is an exciting approach for schools interested in developing languages beyond the classroom. Its core purpose is to generate deep engagement with learning and to... read more

Language Futures Schools


Explore how this highly innovative approach has been developed over the last number of years as well as future plans.


Getting Started

Explore how the approach can be established in your school, including planning and preparing for its introduction.



Explore project ideas and classroom materials as well as practical guidance on everything from recruiting language mentors to launching the approach with students.



Consider information that will help colleagues, senior leaders, governors or parents to understand the benefits of the Language Futures approach.


small_phfLanguage Futures was originally developed by Linton Village College as part of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Initiative.

In September 2015 the Language Futures initiative was transferred to the Association for Language Learning, with legacy grant funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for the next two academic years. ALL has made a commitment, alongside its partner Whole Education, to oversee the further development of the Language Futures Programme.