To contextualise the need for support for languages in schools, according to the Language Trends N.I 2019 report, between 2010 and 2018, entries for GCSE modern languages in N. Ireland fell by 19%.
Furthermore, 'more than one-third of schools...have seen fewer pupils studying a language in Key Stage 4 over the last three years, while only seven per cent say they have more pupils doing so.' 'Selective schools are most likely to report stable numbers for languages, whereas non-selective schools are most likely to report declining numbers.'
NICILT can support schools by providing complimentary Languages for Employability Workshops for Year 10 pupils for your school. We create bespoke materials for your pupils to raise awareness of the importance of studying languages beyond Key Stage 3 to increase skills for employability and much more.
In 2022-23, NICILT delivered 2 Languages for Employability live webinars. During these sessions, pupils discovered how learning a language at GCSE helps to build a range of hard and soft skills that are invaluable in the workplace, and also learned about the benefits that a second language can bring to both their personal and professional lives.
If you would like information on future Languages for Employability workshops, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.