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All-Party Parliamentary Group Press Release on Languages welcomed

Today’s press release on ‘BREXIT and Languages’ by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages was welcomed by Mr René Koglbauer, Director of Network for Languages North East and Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University.

Mr Koglbauer, who has just finished his term as national President of the Association for Language Learning, welcomes the statement as it highlights to policy makers, businesses and the wider community the challenges that languages face during the foreseeable future. Mr Koglbauer comments, “A particular concern for the government has been the recruitment of language graduates into the teaching profession. With current recruitment levels, the government’s drive of 90% of GCSE pupils taking a language (including Latin/modern Greek) to GCSE is under threat.”

Mr Koglbauer continues, “I am delighted that the All-Party Parliamentary Group calls for a post-Brexit plan in education as languages have been badly affected by not joining up the various policies and initiatives over the past fifteen years or so.” During his presidency of the Association for Language Learning, Mr Koglbauer had called for a national long-term strategy for language learning, ideally a cross-party strategy.

Mr Koglbauer concludes his statement by praising language professionals for their commitment to language learning and teaching in the country in all sectors and adds, “We are delighted to welcome all foreign language assistants and trainee teachers to the language community”.

In the North East, Network for Languages North East and Association for Languages North East will be hosting their annual welcome event for foreign language assistants and language trainee teachers. This will take place on Monday, 31st October 2016 at Newcastle University. For more information contact Network for Languages North East.

published on: 17 October 2016