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Language Trends Northern Ireland 2021

Join us on Wednesday, 2 June (16:00 BST) as we launch the results of our latest Language Trends Northern Ireland research. This year, over 15% of primary schools, 57% of post-primaries and over 1,500 Year 9 pupils completed our surveys and participated in focus groups, telling us their views on language teaching and learning in Northern Ireland schools.

Hear the headline findings from Dr Ian Collen (Director, NICILT), commissioned to carry out this year’s research, before a panel of teachers and pupils tell us their views and answer your questions. Our event will be chaired by Professor Janice Carruthers (Professor of French Linguistics at Queen's and Priority Area Leadership Fellow in Modern Languages with the Arts and Humanities Research Council). 

Subtitles will be available in 5 languages, as well as BSL and ISL Interpretation.

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About Language Trends

Language Trends Northern Ireland surveys schools anonymously on their languages provision and has run in England since 2003 and in Wales since 2015. This is the second time the research has been conducted in Northern Ireland, following on from our inaugural report in 2019.

Language Trends Northern Ireland 2019

Our first-ever Language Trends Northern Ireland report found that the number of pupils in Northern Ireland learning languages continues to fall.

Headline statistics from the report included:

  • From 2010-2018 the number of pupils learning languages at GCSE level declined by 19%: with significant falls in French (41%) and German (18%), while Spanish rose by 16%
  • Teachers report difficulty and grading of exams at GCSE level a big reason for the decline 
  •  55% of primary schools surveyed provide some form of language teaching
  •  Many teachers would like to see the return of the Primary Modern Language Programme

 Read the report's key findings & DOWNLOAD BELOW.

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