Language Trends Wales – research into modern foreign language education
Language Trends Wales 2016/17
British Council Wales has published its third Language Trends Wales report, which finds that teachers are ‘extremely worried about the future of modern foreign languages’.
Headline statistics from the report include:
- More than a third of Welsh schools now have less than 10% of Year 10 (14-15 year olds) studying a modern foreign language.
- 44% of schools have fewer than five pupils studying a foreign language at AS level and 61% have fewer than five foreign language pupils at A level
- 64% of MFL departments have just one or two full-time teachers, with one third depending on non-British EU nationals for their staff
- Take up of modern foreign languages is continuing to fall in years 10 and 11 indicating that numbers will decline further in 2017 and 2018
Download the report below