Press Release – A Fresh Look at Languages

Issue 1
Tuesday, 11 March 2015


Routes Cymru launch new website and announce new investment

Yesterday, Routes into Languages Cymru launched a new website at an exciting international event at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay. The event was held by British Council Wales and was an opportunity for the British Council and their many partners to showcase their international work in Wales. The opening address was given by Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Education and Skills.

The new website highlights the fantastic work that is done by Student Language Ambassadors, includes contributions from school pupils in the guest blog section and offers visitors the opportunty to take full advantage of the range of resources produced by Routes Cymru.

This proved to be a fitting event for the launch of the website as British Council Wales have recently announced a £15,000 investment in the Routes Cymru project. This significant contribution shows that British Council Wales are committed to supporting the learning of modern languages in Wales and wish to support young people by increasing the resources of Routes Cymru.

The investment brings British Council Wales in line with the four Universities in Wales who currently fund the project, making British Council Wales a full partner of Routes Cymru. It provides an opportunity to build on an already strong partnership and will allow Routes Cymru to extend its successful initiatives, expanding the reach across Wales and benefitting more young people.

Jenny Scott, director of British Council Wales, said: “The work that Routes Cymru does to promote the learning of modern foreign languages in classrooms across Wales is key to the work of British Council Wales. We want to see as many people, in particular young people, taking up international opportunities such as the study abroad programme offered to students by Erasmus+. We know that a lack of ability in languages is one of the things that hold people back from studying or volunteering abroad. International experience can be the key to educational and career success, so we want to see more people from Wales taking up study and work experiences abroad.”


Routes into Languages Cymru: Ellie Jones, Routes Cymru Project Manager email: tel: 029 2026 5408

Interviews with Professor Claire Gorrara, Academic Director of Routes Cymru, are available on request from Ellie Jones.


The Routes into Languages programme was developed by three organisations working in partnership: the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), the HE Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) and CILT, the National Centre for Languages. The Routes into Languages programme in England is coordinated by a team at the University of Southampton, directed by Professor Michael Kelly.

Routes into Languages Cymru is funded by Cardiff University, Bangor University, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, British Council Wales and WJEC.

Working in partnership with funders, as well as a range of stakeholders, the aim of the Routes into Languages Cymru project is to increase the take up of languages from school to university and to increase international student mobility. It encourages young people to have a positive attitude towards their language learning and promotes modern languages as an essential skill.

Press Release – A Fresh Look at Languages