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Valuing languages

Why languages matter

CILT wants to see a society in which everyone recognises the value of languages and intercultural relationships, and is able to use more than one language.

We believe that with increased ability in languages, the UK will:

  • Be more successful in the global economy
  • Build better relationships at home and abroad
  • Put young Britons on a par with their international peers.

Languages directly benefit our economy and have a profound benefit both culturally and to the quality of life.

English is not enough

English is one of the great global languages of the 21st century, but it will only take us so far.

  • Only 6% of the world’s population speak English as a first language
  • 75% of the world’s population don’t speak any English.

We live in a multilingual, multicultural world. Our engagement with the non-English speaking world will remain superficial and one-sided unless we develop our capacity in other languages too.

  • Primary Languages
  • Languages Work
  • lingu@net europa
  • Languages ICT
  • Vocational Languages Resource Bank
  • Our Languages