An Adaptable Model
The Language Futures approach can be used to support a variety of curriculum contexts and approaches to teaching and learning.
The In-curriculum model can be used as a:
• first language class for students in Key Stage 3;
• second or even third language option for higher ability students in years 8 or 9;
• replacement for a first language class for lower ability students in Year 8 or Year 9 who have become disenchanted with their language learning or with more conventional methods of language teaching;
• way of introducing languages into primary schools where there may not be trained language teachers with mentors providing models of language for the children;
• Year 12 enrichment programme with students who want to learn a new language.
The After school model can support a:
• school enrichment programme: as an extra-curricular/after school club for more able or highly motivated students wishing to study additional languages not offered within the curriculum;
• cross-school offer for bilingual learners wishing to become more literate in their own home language and/or gain accreditation.
Engaging teaching and learning approaches:
• by using a project-based approach within the mainstream languages curriculum, students research and solve problems and present their outcomes to peers and, ideally, a wider public audience which is a powerful motivator;
• extending the use of mentors throughout mainstream language lessons can enable greater use of group work where mentors can work more in depth with students;
• placing greater emphasis on Language Learning Strategies and Knowledge about Language in lessons helps students to become more independent learners.
For further information on how the Language Futures approach can be used in a variety of curriculum contexts, please see the case studies page.
What pupils think about Language Futures:
“You are more independent in LF, which has made me more independent in my other lessons as well.”
“In LF, I love the independence and being able to learn the way I want to. Sometimes I find a way of learning or remembering Spanish that helps me and me alone and I feel I can do it because it works for me.”
”Language Futures really suited me, because I could learn what interested me, as well as what was required of me. I loved being able to learn the culture about the cultures of Spain and Latin America alongside the spoken and written language because it like I was getting a more rounded, useful and adult Spanish language under my belt.”
”I think it has made me more capable of seeing patterns in verbs, sentence order etc. It has also given my dialogue more flow, and, I think, it is more natural.”