There has been a long tradition of support for pedagogy in the UK. The Association for Language Learning (ALL)
is the UK's major subject association for teachers of foreign languages. In addition to its conference and discussion programmes, ALL produces a number of key journals including the Language Learning Journal. ALL is at present developing a CLIL project called FLAME – Future for Languages as a Medium of Education
, aiming to support the integration of language learning with other curriculum subjects.
The Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS)
, based at the University of Southampton, is a research and enterprise group specialising in educational projects and professional development in the area of languages and related studies. LLAS has been providing professional development, resources and information to the higher education sector since 2000 and also engages in research and projects at the level of government policy and activities which promote greater public engagement with languages and related studies.
Routes into Languages
is a consortium of universities working together with schools and colleges, to enthuse and encourage people to study languages. It has established a regional network of consortia to commission research and promote partnerships between schools and HE institutions. Routes into Languages is funded by The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
are the national language centres for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, providing resources as well as cross-sector support. All centres also offer events and conferences supporting language learners and teachers.
Links into Languages was a regional support network supporting classroom teaching and learning between 2008 and 11, when its funding came to an end. There is, however, a legacy site which provides access to some materials. Following the end of the Links into Languages programme, Network for Languages
was set up as an independent alliance of universities, working regionally with schools and colleges. The network aims to build on the achievements of Links into Languages in championing language teaching and teachers, delivering resources and creating networking opportunities for language professionals.
OFSTED also produce reviews of languages in England. The latest one 'Modern Languages: Achievement and challenges 2007 – 2010; and the previous report 'The Changing Landscape of Languages' as well as 'Subject Professional Development Materials on Target Language Use' set out some of the key issues in relation to teaching languages in schools. All reports and materials can be accessed on the Ofsted modern languages pages
.The Department for Education (DfE)
also hosts a page on language teaching and the implications of the new curriculum.