GCSE pupils in Kirklees are among the top language learners in the country.
The region was placed in the top 30 in a UK league based on numbers of teenagers taking either French, German or Spanish.
Four out of five - 81% - of 15-year-olds took one of the three languages this year out of a total of 4,516 who sat the exams.
Nationally, nearly three quarters - 74% - of GCSE pupils studied a foreign language.
Schools Minister Stephen Twigg said the Government was committed to promoting language learning and helping strengthen the UK's ties with its neighbours.
"We want to work with Local Education Authorities throughout the country to encourage more pupils than ever before to take up a foreign language and develop an interest in other nations.
"This is important for the pupils' development, and the country as a whole, with more than half of the UK's worldwide trade being with Europe.
"To do this, we need to create a thirst for language in our primary schools.
"We want children to have the chance to learn a foreign language much earlier in life."
By 2010, the Government hopes every primary school-age child will be able to learn at least one foreign language.