The warning has come from Ian Bauckham, chair of the Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review, which published its report into MFL teaching at key stages 3 and 4 this week.
The Teaching Schools Council, which set-up the Review, is now encouraging schools to use the findings, alongside related evaluation documentation, to review and improve their MFL provision.
In 2016, only 34 per cent of key stage 4 students scored a C grade or better in an EBacc foreign language, and only 49 per cent of students chose to continue their languages study to GCSE in the first place.
Ian Bauckham, who is the executive headteacher of the Bennett Memorial Diocesan School and a former president of the Association of School and College Leaders, warns in the report that action is needed to stop the decline in languages.
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