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Reports and reviews on languages in HE

Posted by Matthew Platts on June 29, 2009

British Academy raises new concerns over decline in language learning – position paper and full text of the Languages Matter report are available on the BA site. The minister for HE, David Lammy, spoke at the launch for the report and will attend a seminar to discuss it.
Also covered by BBC News : Languages call for all degrees

This follows hot on the heels of HEFCE’s 22 May announcement that it has commissioned a review of languages provision to be led by UCL Vice-Provost Prof Michael Worton.  This is consulting now, with an interim report due at the end of July (2009!). See also BBC News: Language degree review announced.

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Mary Beard on GCSE results

Posted by Tom Roper on August 24, 2007

GCSE results were out yesterday, and A levels the week before, and Mary Beard comments on the former and on the future of language learning in schools in her excellent Don’s Diary, Sprechen Sie what?

As well as the examination results, GCSEs here (pdf), A levels here (pdf), CILT, the National Centre for Languages, have some useful analysis of trends in modern languages at university level: http://www.cilt.org.uk/research/statistics/education/higher.htm

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Modern languages at university

Posted by Tom Roper on August 3, 2007

In the latest update from the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies are some data on modern languages degree course applications and acceptances, in greater detail than the UCAS figures:

http://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/resourcesitem.aspx?resourceid=2114

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Sussex Language Institute Facebook Group

Posted by Tom Roper on July 24, 2007

Thanks to Rachel, we now have a Sussex Language Institute Facebook group:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2495397614 

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THES on privatisation

Posted by Tom Roper on April 19, 2007

The Times Higher has an article in the latest issue on the privatisation of university English language teaching, suggesting that 22 universities are negotiating with one or other of five companies. Into, Study Group International, Kaplan, IBT Education and In-Search. There’s also three letters on the subject.
Newman, Melanie
Private firms tighten grip
Times Higher Education Supplement April 20 2007 1790: 2
Online version available to subscribers

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Guardian on decline of modern languages in higher education

Posted by Tom Roper on March 13, 2007

Today’s Guardian has a major feature analysing the decline in modern languge teaching in British universities.

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Foreign wars: the privatisation of English language teaching

Posted by Tom Roper on February 21, 2007

The Guardian ran a story yesterday on the privatisation of English language teaching in universities, particularly in English for academic purposes and foundation courses. Private sector companies such as INTO, Kaplan and Study Abroad are trying to establish a presence on campuses.
The University and Colleges Union is campaigning vigorously to keep higher education public.

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Revolution by degrees

Posted by Tom Roper on February 16, 2007

In a Guardian feature on changes in higher education, the newspaper sent four writers back to their universities to see how things had changed. Gary Younge visited his alma mater Heriot-Watt, and, among other things, reflects on changes in language learning.

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Losing our tongues

Posted by Tom Roper on February 12, 2007

A survey by UCU, the University and Colleges Union, finds a stark decline in the number of institutions offering modern language degrees.
The number of higher education institutions in London providing undergraduate French has fallen by 27 per cent, universities providing German have dropped by more than half (58 per cent); and, according to university admissions body, UCAS, there will be no undergraduate Italian courses in Northern Ireland in 2007.

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