ALL in the media

April 2015: Primary Teacher Update: Dawn Francis-Pester and Liz Black on why primaries and secondaries must link for a languages strategy

Spring 2015: Academy Magazine: Rachel Middleton on Supporting teachers at KS2 and KS3 through government funding for CPD (page 45)

05/12/14: TheSchoolRun: Catherine Cheater from ALL’s Primary Languages Special Interest Group on supporting your child’s language-learning at home

03/14 & 06/14: Primary languages in the spotlight: Catherine Cheater from ALL’s Primary Languages Special Interest Group took a seat on the famous BBC Breakfast sofa in March, and again in June, to respond to concerns about the implementation of language teaching in KS2, and emphasise the support which is already available to primary teachers.

28/09/2013: Former ALL President Bernardette Holmes and language champion Larry Lamb on languages and language learning: BBC Radio London with Robert Elms. (Recording no longer available)

21/03/2013: A new initiative is encouraging schools to combine language teaching with the teaching of other key subjects: ALL member Suzi Bewell takes a look at the immersion approach to MFL

26/07/2012: Teresa Tinsley, member of ALL’s Executive Council, talks to the Today Programme about British attitudes to language learning. (Recording no longer available)

23/04/2012: EU Public Service Review: ALL President Bernardette Holmes assesses the health of language learning in England compared with that of the rest of the EU

24/10/11: University applications down by nine per cent in capital ahead of rise in fees: Linda Parker, Director of ALL, warns of a “growing social divide” as poorer pupils abandon language GCSEs

07/10/11: Primary languages lost in translation: Linda Parker, Director of ALL, on the shelving of long-term plans for compulsory foreign language teaching in schools

06/10/11: Languages at Comberton Village College: ALL Cambridge & South Anglia’s Rachel Hawkes on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, talking about her school, Comberton Village College, and their award-winning language department! (Recording no longer available)

21/09/11: Language Learning in the UK: ALL President, Bernardette Holmes, did a radio interview on BBC West Midlands in response to the Bishop of Bradford’s comments on language learning in the UK

11/03/11: Chair of ALL London, Helen Myers, appeared on BBC Breakfast to speak about the state of language learning in the UK. (Recording no longer available)

03/03/11: An innovative scheme is helping primary teachers brush up their language skills: Linda Parker, ALL Director, on up-skilling courses for primary teachers

01/03/11: Languages in Flux: ALL Director Linda Parker comments on the position of languages in the curriculm

21/02/11: Huge fall in number of schools where pupils must study a language: 9 out of 10 London state schools allow pupils to drop languages before they take their GCSEs

17/09/10: ‘Fair trade’ solution to learning a new language: They say the best way to learn a language is to get stuck in, immersing yourself in a culture in a way that means you have no choice other than to adapt

03/09/10: Subjects face axe: Union warns that languages, music and D&T are on hit list in heads’ hunt for savings

31/08/10: Call You and Yours: Is it worthwhile learning another language? What are the biggest advantages of being multilingual?

20/01/10: Fewer schools hit language target: Fewer secondary schools in England are meeting a government target on pupils taking a GCSE in a modern foreign language, a survey suggests

06/05/10: Pitch perfect: Learning languages to boost careers: Flanked by cabinets stuffed with trophies and silverware, Polish international midfielder, Radoslaw ‘Raddy’ Majewski, is learning English in the City Ground boardroom with tutor Liz Nathan

03/10/06: Language crisis facing UK schools: ALL Director Linda Parker on the ‘lost generation’ who did not learn languages early on and will drop them at 14

04/08/04: Oh là là! No funny languages please, we’re British: ALL Director Linda Parker on successfully introducing children to languages at a young age

29/07/04: Why Britons are ‘language barbarians’: BBC News Online asks why – in a global community – Britons are failing to learn the lingo

22/08/02: Pupils dropping languages: The number of pupils entered for French and German GCSEs fell this year, although there was an increase in the number of children sitting GCSE Spanish

12/07/02: Music-style exams idea for languages: Pupils should be given the chance to take grade examinations in modern foreign languages, similar to those taken by people learning a musical instrument, head teachers suggest

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