Why study languages?

Technology, globalisation and ease of international travel are bringing more of the world within our reach.

Below you will find links to advice from people who know the answer to the question “Why study languages?”

Read about the powerful reasons why learning languages equips your students with the knowledge and skills to take full advantage of 21st Century opportunities and to encourage those who are not quite on board …… yet!

Seven hundred reasons for learning languages
  • Seven hundred reasons for studying languages: “I think languages just set you free. If you look at a map and you notice how small Britain is in relation to the rest of the world and you look at the size of Latin America with, goodness knows, twenty countries, and you think, you know, you can go out there when perhaps the person next door to you… is just going to be working here for the rest of their lives … it’s just like liberation” (language undergraduate).
Fifty reasons you should learn a new language

50 reasons you should learn a new language: learning a new language can help tremendously with your career prospects, your college education and experiences, travel, and personal enjoyment of the arts and culture.

Making the case resources

What could languages offer you?

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Where can languages take you?
  • Studying languages: This site is written by undergraduates to provide straightforward and relevant information about studying languages, linguistics and cultural studies at university.
  • The only way is languages – An Online DVD from Routes into Languages West Midlands to inspire young people to study languages at school, college and university and to get them thinking of the different kind of careers they could go into with their language skills; including six case studies of real life examples of people using their language skills in the workplace.


Why learn one of these languages?

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Read what our partners have to say about why learning languages matters.

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APPG Manifesto for Languages

English is an important world language, but the latest cutting-edge research shows that, in the 21st Century, speaking only English is as much of a disadvantage as speaking no English.

Promoting the knowledge of other languages as an essential skill

Highlighting language needs across all sectors of society, and highlighting the exciting potential of language learning for young people, for Ireland’s economy and for Irish society.

Language networking

Why Languages Matter

A project bringing together the voices of Sheffield people in a display showing why languages matter to them.

Speak to the Future

Languages can bring enormous benefits both personally and professionally.

Research has shown that language capability can increase our brainpower and improve and increase our levels of trade with the rest of the world, to the tune of billions of pounds.

The case for language learning

The Guardian reports on the importance of language learning and putting languages back on the agenda.

British Academy

Language Matters More And More

This states that the UK’s research base in languages, linguistics, translation and other language-related areas is internationally competitive and we must strive not to lose that edge.

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