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Survey of 6,000 schools

The first national survey of modern languages teaching in maintained and independent secondary schools is being sent out to more than 6,000 heads of modern languages this week.

The TESCILT Modern Languages Survey has been drawn up by The TES in collaboration with the Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research and will provide a valuable source of information to help the planning of support for languages teaching for years to come.

The survey will provide much needed data on key issues affecting language teaching such as:

* the extent of diversification into languages other than French * changes in provision of a second foreign language * the availability of qualified staff capable of teaching each language * the use of foreign language assistants * the likely impact of the key stage 4 short course option.

The TES and CILT are urging heads of modern languages departments to complete the survey form and return it by October 31. As a token thank you, The TES is offering 20 free copies of The Times Atlas of the World to the first 20 schools whose survey forms are pulled out of the post bag.

The findings will be published in The TES and made available through CILT. Analysis of the current situation will provide useful discussion material at the CILT conference on Diversification in Modern Languages Teaching, which is being supported by The TES and will be held on 2-4 February 1996 in Chester.

For queries about the survey or the conference, call Pat McLagan at CILT on 0171 379 5101.

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