Modern Languages APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 25/08/2021

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To explore the educational, skills-related, employment, competitive and cultural benefits of learning and using languages throughout the UK; to provide a parliamentary forum for information exchange and consultation; to encourage and support policies and action improving the take-up of languages in schools, further and higher education, in the workplace and in the community.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.


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Recent Documents related to Modern Languages

1. GCSE modern foreign languages subject content review panel
05/11/2019 - Department for Education
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Found: GCSE modern foreign languages subject content review panel - GOV.UK

2. New centre for excellence to boost modern foreign language skills
10/01/2019 - Department for Education
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Found: New centre for excellence to boost modern foreign language skills - GOV.UK

3. Language teaching in schools (England)
19/12/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Baccalaureate and Progress 8: potential impact on languages 4. Other issues 5. Statistics: student and teacher

4. Increase in EBacc entries as modern foreign languages rise
24/05/2019 - Department for Education
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Found: Increase in EBacc entries as modern foreign languages rise - GOV.UK

5. GCE subject-level conditions and requirements for modern foreign languages (listening, reading, writing)
21/04/2017 - Ofqual
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Found: Conditions and Requirements for Modern Foreign Languages (listening, reading, writing) April

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Modern Languages

1. Schools: Modern Languages
09/04/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: foreign languages at GCSE is too low. While the percentage of those studying an MFL GCSE has increased from - Speech Link
2: and Wales have dropped A-level courses in modern languages. Part of the problem is that our universities - Speech Link
3: showing a drop of 7.3% in students taking foreign languages at GCSE and A-level, I invite the Minister to - Speech Link

2. Brexit: Foreign Language Teaching and Public Service Interpreting
23/01/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: interests as co-chair of the All-Party Group on Modern Languages and vice-president of the Chartered Institute - Speech Link

3. Modern Foreign Languages: Teachers
10/03/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: and encouragement to the teaching of foreign languages? For commerce and trade, they are vital. Also - Speech Link
2: Britain, we are encouraging the take-up of modern foreign languages. That is why they are included in the - Speech Link
3: how they should learn it, to equip them for the modern economy, to open up opportunity, to promote social - Speech Link

4. Education: Modern Foreign Languages
18/01/2018 - Grand Committee

1: assessment they have made of the importance of modern foreign language teaching in schools and universities - Speech Link
2: co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, which is supported by the British Council - Speech Link

5. Leaving the EU: Student Exchanges
30/11/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: maths—and are making efforts to ensure that modern foreign languages are part of the EBacc. Nevertheless, language - Speech Link
2: later for people who could speak at least two languages. It is perhaps appropriate to mention my grandmother - Speech Link
3: Improving the take-up and teaching of modern foreign languages in our schools and ensuring that there - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Modern Languages
1. Languages
asked by: Bell Ribeiro-Addy
21/07/2020
... what assessment has she made potential merits of including a university degree (a) mostly taught and (b) researched in English from universities throughout in the world in meeting the B1 threshold of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

2. Languages
asked by: Emily Thornberry
04/03/2020
... what discussions he has had with UN counterparts on the UN finding that two indigenous languages are disappearing each month.

3. Languages: Teachers
asked by: Wendy Chamberlain
05/02/2021
... what estimate he has made of the proportion of qualified modern foreign language teachers in England who took part in the Erasmus scheme.

4. Languages: Teachers
asked by: Wendy Chamberlain
05/02/2021
... what assessment he has made of the effect of the UK's withdrawal from the Erasmus scheme on the number of modern foreign language teachers in the UK.

5. Languages: Education
asked by: Gareth Thomas
28/09/2020
... and (c) undergraduate degree level.

Latest Questions
6 Current APPG Officers
Nia Griffith Portrait
Nia Griffith
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Llanelli
Joined: 30th July 2015
No other APPG Memberships
Baroness Coussins Portrait
Baroness Coussins
Co-Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
1 APPG Membership
United Nations
Lord Dykes Portrait
Lord Dykes
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury Portrait
Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 4th November 2020
No other APPG Memberships
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Nia Griffith MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 4903.

Email: nia.griffith.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Philip Harding-Esch, c/o Vicky Gough, The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN. Tel: 07834 174 733

Email: appgmfl@gmail.com

Secretariat:

The British Council acts as the group's secretariat. https://www.britishcouncil.org/

Group's Website:

https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/schools/support-for-languages/thought-leadership/appg

Benefits in Kind
Date
27 Jan 2021
Source
The British Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 27/01/2021 To : 26/01/2022
Value
£7,501
Date
27 Jan 2020
Source
The British Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 27/01/2020 To : 26/01/2021
Value
£15,001
Date
17 Jul 2019
Source
British Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 17/07/2019 To : 16/07/2020
Value
£15,001
Date
17 Jul 2018
Source
British Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 17/07/2018 To : 16/07/2019
Value
£10,501
Date
17 Jul 2017
Source
British Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 17/07/2017 To : 16/07/2018
Value
£10,501
Date
1 Jul 2016
Source
British Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/07/2016 To : 30/06/2017
Value
£10,501
Date
1 Jan 2016
Source
British Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2016 To : 31/12/2016
Value
£10,501
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
British Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/12/2015
Value
£13,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Modern Languages APPG

Former APPG Officers
Victoria Prentis Portrait
Victoria Prentis
Vice Chair
Conservative - Banbury
Joined: 5th November 2019
Departed: 24th February 2020
No other APPG Memberships
Paul Maynard Portrait
Paul Maynard
Vice Chair
Conservative - Blackpool North and Cleveleys
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 12th October 2016
Baroness Sharp of Guildford Portrait
Baroness Sharp of Guildford
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Retired on 31 July 2016
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 21st July 2016
No other APPG Memberships