UCFL congratulates Professor Charles Forsdick on his appointment as the new British Academy Lead Fellow for Languages and looks forward to working with him in his new role. We very much welcome his op-ed, ‘The revival of language learning is key to a culturally and linguistically rich future‘, which makes important reference to UCFL reports on Granular Trends in the Languages.
“we know that there is vast, diverse and thus far untapped capacity across multiple languages in the UK which can be harnessed for social, political and economic development and to address domestic and global challenges. To do that, we must fully embrace and commit to acknowledging and celebrating multilingualism, and build up our language skills base accordingly. Raising awareness of the valuable role and place of multilingualism in the UK with learners and policymakers alike will be crucial in working towards this goal.”