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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

 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 30 June 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.