World Languages

ALL has a Special Interest Group for the wider group of languages learned in the UK (those which might be termed Community Languages or World Languages).

It works with other associations and agencies to try to overcome the isolation that some language teachers experience, to bring together teachers who may work in different sorts of settings but who share many principles and can learn from each others’ practice, to work towards overcoming the barriers between mainstream and other systems and to keep an eye on resources and services which are at risk at a time of national financial stringency. The SIG’s purpose is to advise ALL on strategic matters and make specific recommendations.

The SIG involves members whose experience covers a wide spectrum of agencies and we will work with others on specific projects. You do not need to be a member of ALL to join the discussion list, but please do consider joining. The more members we have, the more we can do on your behalf. ALL is an independent charity funded by membership subscription. We rely on this income to fund all the activities and resources we offer.

If you would like to work with us, suggest projects, or find out more, please contact:

What we offer:


Find resources, advice and guidance for language teachers, language coordinators and head teachers.


Check out our Pinterest pages on World Languages.


Explore our range of national and international projects for teachers.

Discussion list

Our World Languages discussion list is there to enable colleagues working in mainstream and complementary school sectors as well as in higher education and other organisations interested in languages of the wider world to share information, put questions and discuss issues.


Discover challenges and competitions for your learners

Background information

Useful background information for teachers of World Languages.

Information & useful links:


The National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) offers training and support to supplementary schools, and keeps a directory of 2,700 community-led supplementary / complementary schools.

Multilingual Voices

Languages of the British Isles.

Linguanet Worldwide

Advice on assessing and improving language ability, communicating electronically with other language learners and finding resources.

Upcoming events for World Languages teachers

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Getting involved

ALL supports and represents different groups of language teachers in the UK, with the help of volunteers around the country.


Find out about training and CPD events for teachers of World Languages.

Join ALL

Join the Association for Language Learning, and find out more about your professional community

Further information

World Languages Update April 2016

Update April 2016 Language Trends Survey 2015/16 This week, the results of the 2015/16 Language Trends survey were published. This important annual research is carried out by the British Council and Education Development Trust, supported by ALL and ISMLA. The Language Trends Survey 2016 – now in its fourteenth year – identifies the challenges currently […]

World Languages Update October 2015

Update October 2015 Saturdays for success: How supplementary education can support pupils from all backgrounds to flourish: Published in September 2015 this IPPR report makes recommendations for how more pupils, schools and communities can gain from the rich, extracurricular learning environments that supplementary schools offer. Making supplementary schools work for your school: information and advice […]

World Languages Update April 2015

Update April 2015 Exam boards proposing withdrawal of accreditations in a range of languages Summary: With changes in the exam system brought forward by the Coalition Government, awarding bodies are considering the future of certain accreditations. Languages including Polish, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Modern Hebrew, Turkish and Portuguese are being considered for withdrawal. You can access […]

World Languages Update Nov 2013

7th Annual Conference for Arabic Language and Culture in Schools, 08 November 2013 Following a successful relaunch of the Arabic Conference in 2012, British Council, ALL , Goldsmiths London and leading practitioners held the 7th annual conference  on 09 November 2013. Thanks to all who attended the conference at British Council, sponsored by Qatar 2013, […]

UK winners of the European Language Label 2013

The winners in 2013 included:   Arabic Online Arabic is entirely surrounded by myths. It is seen by many European learners as a very difficult language to learn, with a complicated grammatical system, too many exotic sounds, complex vocabulary and an indecipherable script. The aim of Arabic Online is to ‘de-mystify’ Arabic and prove that the […]

Asset Languages

Asset Languages The Discussion List was very busy with debate about the decision of OCR to revise its provision of accreditation through Asset Languages. Here is a Briefing note re Asset Languages prepared by Teresa Tinsley from ALL’s Executive Council. Various organisations are concerned by this, and are taking this matter forward. Here is a […]

News for World Languages teachers

Language skills are ‘more vital than ever’

Language skills are ‘more vital than ever’ if the UK is to remain ‘outward looking’ and ‘open for business’ in the run up to Brexit, new British Council research has revealed. In a survey of over 2,000 UK adults, the majority saw the ability to speak foreign languages...

Japanese Speech Contest for University Students

The 12th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications! This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes! Finalists will all perform their speeches on 04 Mar 2017 at King's College...

Support for Japanese

A group of five schools delivering the Language Futures approach have recently been awarded a grant of £1,225 from The Japan Foundation to purchase teaching resources to help establish the teaching of Japanese in their schools. The Japan Foundation promotes...

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