We do not specify how much time schools should spend teaching individual subjects. It is the role of schools and teachers to decide how best to organise learning, including ensuring that sufficient time is allowed to teach the statutory requirements for each subject at each Key Stage.
Schools are free to choose which languages they offer. Since 2008, secondary schools no longer have to teach first a working language of the European Union before offering any other language. They can now teach any major world or European language. Examples given in the programme of study are Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Urdu. This should act as an incentive for schools to offer a wider range of languages.
In primary schools, languages will become compulsory from September 2011, subject to parliamentary approval of the Children, Schools and Families Bill. Schools will be free to choose which languages to offer.