Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other
cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen
their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas
and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in
speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for
practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original
language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further
languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.