A report by Sir Ron Dearing is expected to advise the government that languages should be taight from a much earlier age. Read the report HERE.
I used to be one of those who used to say "Well everyone speaks English anyway", but I now teach French at school and the kids really enjoy it. The problem is, however, that languages are only taught from year seven, age eleven, which is ironically exactly the age at which a child starts to find it harder to pick up a new language. Children up to the age of ten are much more likely to be able to learn a language quickly.
So I would applaud the this report and hope it will be acted on and not swept away as previous reports from Ron Dearing have been in the past.