Conclusion: Steps Towards a Strategy for the UK
This chapter argues that the need for a strategy arises from the ‘transversal’ nature of languages. The book as a whole identifies some of the main areas in which languages are needed and recommends a range of actions at government level and more widely in public life. The concluding chapter suggests that a wide-ranging strategy can have a dynamic effect in making the UK more language-capable. It will need to be inclusive and be based on co-operation between policymakers, languages professionals, and organisations who need better language capability. It will need to learn lessons from the experience of other countries, and from previous experience in the UK. The Nuffield Languages Inquiry (1998–2000) offers a model of co-operation. An initiative of comparable scope and ambition could be the catalyst for a strategy that fits the UK for the 2020s.