Publications: Policy Documents


Policy Briefing on Languages, Business, Trade and Innovation

In this Briefing we highlight key messages from these sectors around the importance of having high-level language and intercultural skills in the workforce and we make a series of recommendations designed to support the development and embedding of these skills. The recommendations are the result of a Policy Workshop held in the House of Commons in January 2020, involving civil servants, leading businesses and business organisations, as well as academics. To read the Policy Briefing, click here.


Advantages of Multilingualism: What is the Impact on Schooling?

Evans, M. (2018). ‘Advantages of Multilingualism: What is the Impact on Schooling?’. Cambridge University Press.


Debate over Irish language is central to power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland

Dunlevy, D. & O Mainnin, M.B. (2017). ’Debate over Irish language is central to power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland’.


Putting a price on language: the debate around the cost of an Irish Language Act

Dunlevy, D. & Ó Mainnín, M.B. (2017). ‘Putting a price on language: the debate around the cost of an Irish Language Act’.


Policy Briefing on Modern Languages Educational Policy in the UK

This Briefing is the result of a policy workshop with civil servants and academics held at Queen’s University Belfast in December 2018 and we are very grateful for the input of all those who took part. It sets out the key policy issues across the four jurisdictions of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and makes a series of recommendations for government at both primary and secondary levels. To read the Policy Briefing, click here.

Find the list of bibliographical references cited in the Policy Briefing here.


Modern Languages and Mentoring: Supporting Digital Learning across Language Communities in Wales

This report considers the role that mentoring, and in particular online mentoring, can play in tackling the decline in modern foreign languages learning at GCSE level in Wales. It evaluates the experiences of a pilot project, Digi-Languages, and how this project might be extended to other language learning communities in Wales. It concludes by proposing ways for Digi- Languages to meet the demands of different language communities within the UK and potentially beyond. 

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Languages across government

Ayres-Bennett, W. (2017). ‘Languages across government’. Languages, Society and Policy.


Healthy linguistic diet: the value of linguistic diversity and language learning across the lifespan

Bak, T. & Mehmedbegovic, D. (2017). ‘Healthy linguistic diet: the value of linguistic diversity and language learning across the lifespan’. Languages, Society and Policy.


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