The aim of the Primary and Secondary Language Teacher Awards was to support and promote language teaching and to raise the profile of language teaching as a career, recognising exciting, motivating practice among language teachers, celebrating imaginative teaching which inspires language learning in pupils
ALL values the ongoing contributions of its members and wishes to celebrate those who deserve special mention and recognition.
ALL confers the award of Fellow, on those who are long standing members of the Association who have been nominated by their peers, in recognition of their commitment to ALL's objectives and the support of other languages teachers.
ALL also works in partnership with our sponsors, to run an award scheme to recognise the creativity, dynamism, enthusiasm and skill of inspiring Languages teachers, who add value to their own schools and their local language teaching community.
Fellowship of the Association for Language Learning
ALL fellowship is honorary and is awarded at the discretion of the Management Board (the Association’s Board of Trustees). The award recognises ALL Individual Members who have made a long-standing contribution to language learning in the UK, beyond the call of their professional role and who have supported the work of the Association significantly over time; their contribution might be on the national or local scale.
Suggestions are considered annually at the Spring meeting of the Board, in advance of Language World conference, but awards are not necessarily made each year.
Nominations for the ALL Fellowship Awards open every February.
ALL Fellow 2018 – Catherine Cheater
Catherine has been recognised for her lifelong dedication to language teaching, particularly in the primary phase. She has played a key role in research and development in primary languages at national level, serving as Senior Language Teaching Advisor for Primary at CILT and a Links into Languages trainer, as well as working with Local Authorities, Specialist Language Colleges, Higher Education Institutions and individual schools. Catherine has nurtured and encouraged fellow teachers to develop their own style within their particular settings. She understands the importance of networks and has set up Facebook communities where teachers of MFL can share ideas. Catherine is a member of the ALL Primary SIG, and set up ALL’s Leeds Bradford Primary Languages Hub and a group for the feeder primaries and secondary school in her local area. Among the many resources Catherine has developed, most recently she has been the Project Consultant and co-writer of the Primary French Project with the Institut Français, ensuring the availability of a free teaching resource to teachers of primary French. Anyone who has had the privilege of meeting Catherine in her professional capacity will attest to the positive impact of her knowledge and her generosity in sharing her expertise.
Catherine was awarded ALL Fellowship by ALL President, Dr Anna Lise Gordon (2016-2018) at Language World 2018.