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. 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:

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.

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.

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