QA Education talks to Sue Cave, the founder of Cave Languages, about the teaching of languages and the provision her company offers both for teachers and pupils.

In the run-up to the highly anticipated Modern Foreign Languages Conference 2018, we caught up with keynote speaker Jane Harvey, President – Elect at the Association for Languages Learning, to address the major challenges facing MFL teaching and the future of MFL learning.

1.    What are the major challenges MFL teaching currently faces?

Despite the UK’s evolving employment and commercial landscape, it has become readily apparent that we are now facing a ‘skills deficit’ in the provision of Modern Foreign Languages within schools.

The British Council’s Language Trends Survey 2016/2017 has revealed that since 2012, schools have faced shortfalls in pupils studying a second language, with a 37% reduction at GCSE level.