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Policy Discussion and Debate

As well as official documents setting out language policies, there have been many debates and discussions about Multilingualism. This section summarizes some of the main ones.


One of the seminal statements in the UK was the Nuffield Inquiry into Languages.

Additional information about the Nuffield Foundation’s work on languages , including its Languages Programme can be found here.


Agenda for languagesOther unofficial, but influential documents about language policy in the UK include the Agenda for languages which was launched in 2001, The European Year of Languages, and A new landscape for languages (2003) which analyses the changes taking place in particular for Higher Education.




The National Languages Strategy provided a basis for greater coherence in languages policy in schools. This tendency was strengthened following the publication of the Languages Review in 2007.

By 2010 significant changes were taking place in the primary , secondary, and post 16 language curriculum.

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A major contribution to the debate about multilingualism was published in 2008 – A rewarding Challenge - how the multiplicity of languages could strengthen Europe. Written by a Group of Intellectuals for Intercultural Dialogue and chaired by Amin Maalouf, the report sets out a number of interesting proposals about cultural identity, diversity and fundamental values including the idea of a “personal adoptive languages” . Although presented to and discussed by the education Ministers of the EU, this document is not part of official policy but a stimulus for debate.

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