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In 2011, the British Academy launched a four-year programme to deepen awareness and demonstrate the importance of languages in the humanities and social sciences.

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Recent Activities

March 2015 British Academy Schools Language Awards 2015 applications have now closed 

Applications for the British Academy Schools Language Awards 2015 have now closed. We invited applications from schools, colleges and other education providers, including supplementary schools, from anywhere in the UK that encourage excellence in language learning. A total of 14 awards of £4,000 will be made to winners around the UK, plus an extra £2,000 for two national winners.

 For further information and FAQs about the Awards, visit the British Academy School Language Awards 2015 webpage.  

October - November 2014  British Academy and Guardian Language Festival Launches

The British Academy and Guardian have launched the 2nd national Language Festival to celebrate the importance of language learning and the UK's diverse cultural heritage. The festival will run from 17 October – 28 November 2014, and includes a wide range of events from online Q&As to public debates.

Find out more about how you can get involved here.

October 2014  Born Global Symposium at the Language Show Live

The interim findings of the Born Global policy research project on language skills for employment were presented at a special event at the Language Show Live on Friday 17 October.

Leading UK figures from business and education joined experts from the USA to discuss the issue and debate possible next steps.

September 2014  Schools Language Awards winning schools announced

The British Academy has announced the winners of the 2014 round of its Schools Language Awards.

A panel of judges assessed the originality, credibility and potential replicability of the proposals from mainstream and supplementery schools across the UK and awarded 14 prizes of £4,000. 

See the full list of winning schools here.

July 2014 The British Academy welcomes Manifesto for Languages by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages

The British Academy welcomes the Manifesto for Languages by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Modern Languages, which calls on all political parties to demonstrate a commitment to promoting language learning in their 2015 election manifestoes.

The APPG argues that we need better foreign language skills in the UK not just for advancing individuals' education and skills, but to ensure our economy, international engagement, defence, security and community relations remain competitive and can be sustained. It also outlines a long-term Framework for National Recovery in Language Learning, which all political parties can endorse in their election manifestoes.

January 2014  British Academy School Language Awards open for applications

Applications for the British Academy Schools Language Awards 2014 have now opened. The awards are open for applications from around the UK for projects that encourage large numbers of students to take languages to advanced and degree level. A total of fourteen awards of £4,000 each will be distributed to successful schools and learning programmes throughout the UK in November 2014. Two further national winners will receive an additional £2,000. 

 For further information and FAQs about the 2014 Languages Awards, visit the British Academy School Language Awards 2014 webpage.

The deadline for applications is 18 July 2014.      

November 2013 Lost for Words: The Need for Languages in UK Diplomacy and Security
The British Academy has published its latest policy report, Lost for Words, which presents new evidence indicating that persistent deficits in foreign language skills within Government threaten the UK’s future security and capacity for global influence.

An inquiry into foreign language capacity across the UK external-facing Government departments and agencies that operate in the fields of diplomacy and security, the report makes the case for stronger leadership and significant incentives by government to recognise and support language learning.

November 2013 Language Festival 2013
The British Academy and the Guardian launched a new Language Festival for November 2013. The festival will build on the success of the British Academy’s Language Week held in November 2012 and will provide a platform for schools, Higher Education Institutions, students, policy makers and businesses from across the UK to discuss, debate and explore the academic, cultural and economic benefits of language learning.

September 2013 Winners of 2013 British Academy Schools Language Awards announced
The British Academy announced the winners of the 2013 round of its School Language Awards.

September 2013 Born Global: Rethinking language policy for 21st Century Britain
The British Academy's Born Global project will investigate the nature and extent of language needs in the UK labour market and the implications for language education from school to higher education.

June 2013 Talk the Talk
In collaboration with the European Commission, the British Academy has published a booklet for students bringing the excitement of languages to life. Contributors include Arsène Wenger, Ellen MacArthur and Baroness Jean Coussins.

May 2013 British Academy Schools Language Awards 2013
The British Academy has launched the 2013 round of the BASLAs, encouraging excellence in language learning in schools throughout the UK. 

April 2013 CBRL Academic Arabic Programme 2-20 September 2013
The Council for British Research in the Levant, in partnership with the British Academy, has opened applications to established academic researchers working on the Arab world who would benefit from advanced Arabic total immersion. Apply now! Deadline 31 May

March 2013 Materials for Modern Foreign Languages Teachers
Villiers Park Educational Trust, in partnership with the British Academy, has launched a collection of free online inspirational materials for teachers of KS3 and KS4 French and Spanish.

February 2013 Languages: The State of the Nation
The British Academy has launched the Languages: State of the Nation report, establishing baseline data on foreign language demand and supply in the UK and presenting key priorities for action.

November 2012 Language Week 2012
The British Academy has held its first Language Week, involving a series of events which explored and championed the learning and use of languages throughout society. Read Multilingual Britain, a report arising from discussions at one of the week's events co-organised with Cumberland Lodge.