Making the Case for Languages

This page lists a variety of resources for teachers to use to make the case for language study. These can be used with a range of audiences and links range from resources written and shared by teachers, to published articles in the national media or published articles, opinion pieces and research from a range of organisations which share similar objectives to ALL...

Making the case for ALL's role in the languages sector

Why study languages?

Materials making the case for language study and for exchanges

Resources shared by teaching colleagues: making the case resources

The following resources have been selected by teaching colleagues or partner organisations who have been happy to share their resources for the benefits of other language teachers.

Materials to use with parents: The benefits of engaging parents in students' learning

Let parents take on the role of pupil – Engaging with parents on Languages

The benefits of exchanges

Materials to use with students

Why study languages at university?

Watch an ex-student from Tuxford Academy explain why learning a language at university is important.

Read the University of Leeds recent project 'Because I study a language' in conjunction with the University of Sheffield and York St John University.  The project aims to bring together the unique experiences of undergraduate languages students, to show the depth and breadth of opportunity available to those who learn new languages.  Can you think of your own reason too?

Volunteer language speakers coming into primary or secondary schools

Inspiring the Future provides a quick and easy way for schools and employers to connect: They have hundreds of volunteers who use languages in their jobs who’ve offered to go into schools to talk to pupils, including lawyers, civil servants, engineers, psychologists and more.
Primary Futures: Inspiring Languages
Secondary: Inspiring Languages

Volunteer language speakers coming into primary or secondary schools

Read how learning French can open up a world of opportunities.

Materials for 11-18 year olds - why study languages?

Routes into Languages: website with resources for teachers to use in class with 11-18 year olds. It is divided into KS3, KS4 and Post-16. The site contains lots of interactive quizzes and videos as well as information written by university students who have recent experience of studying languages at GCSE and A-level.

Promote languages through the European Day of Languages

Career benefits of studying and using languages

Languages give you the edge in the job market

Career ammunition for languages graduates!

Career ammunition for language graduates: An armoury of stats, facts, figures and quotations to help you with your job hunt and interviews.

Learning languages gives you greater opportunities to travel, study and work abroad

Students of a wide range of disciplines now spend some of their degree time in a placement abroad; some knowledge of a foreign language is a clear advantage, as it is for increasing opportunities to travel or work with organisations around the world.

  • The British Academy, with the support of the European Commission Representation in the UK,has produced a booklet, Talk the Talk - a guide to maximising your prospects using languages, which brings the excitement of languages to life and demonstrates how perseverance with languages study can open doors to an array of careers and life experiences. It is intended as a guide for current undergraduate students and school pupils to illustrate the value of language learning. The booklet contains personal endorsements of learning languages from leading figures in the arts, sport, media, business, politics and other fields. It includes contributions from Arsène Wenger, Ellen MacArthur, Baroness Jean Coussins and Nick Holzherr. Other contributors include the Head of the UK Representation of the European Commission, Chair of UBS, BBC TV and radio presenters, MPs and MEPs and the Director of the VSO’s Africa, Latin America and Caribbean Group.

Click here to access the e-booklet, download a pdf. version or order hard copies.

Language Launchpad

The European Commission has teamed up with to interview UK language graduates and discover how their language skills have benefitted their careers. See the videos at Language Launchpad: graduate career interviews

Work talk* -A guide to languages and careers from Languages Work

How languages can work for you, and a wealth of information on finding your vocation using languages: Work Talk

CILT Cymru- languages careers pages

The CILT Cymru Careers pages (now archived), are full of information and advice for those interested in a career using languages.

Published articles and features

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