ALL for primary teachers
ALL has a special membership rate for primary schools costing just £50 a year. Primary group membership enables all teaching staff involved in primary languages at a single school to receive full access to the Language Learning Journal, the ALL Language Zones, termly copies of Languages Today magazine and the weekly e-bulletin ALLNet.
As a primary group member, you will receive a school membership card which you can take to local ALL events as proof of membership. You and your colleagues will also benefit from a discount on attending the Language World annual conference. You can find out more about joining here.
What we offer for ALL members:
Primary Special Interest Group (SIG)
ALL has a special interest group on primary education, to support teachers (and thereby learners), share in local and national events and publications, give teachers a national voice, and bring people together. To get more involved in this online group, or to tell us what you, as a primary practitioner, would like ALL to provide, please get in touch.
Primary Steering Group
The Primary Steering Group meets physically, when necessary, to review and to take significant matters forward. It consists of about ten invited people, identified by reason of geographical distribution, representation of different languages and areas of expertise.
Observers from cultural institutions are also invited to the Steering Group meetings. Members of the Steering Group contribute to the termly roadshow created to support Primary Hubs (on the right).
The Steering Group also makes recommendations virtually in between meetings, to approve, for instance, the establishment of new primary hubs, or advise on websites, publications or blogs with a primary languages focus.
The group also refers matters for discussion onto ALL's governance functions, the ALL Council and Management Board.
The Roadshows are presentations to update local groups on news from ALL, events and projects of interest, along with sector news and resources of interest. Local ALL groups can access the presentations to share with their local group attendees.
The Language Learning Journal: If you are a head teacher or Primary Languages Co-ordinator you may be interested in two Special Issues of ALL's academic journal, the Language Learning Journal:
- Foreign Languages in Primary Schools Part 1 - Volume 37, Issue 2 July 2009: here you will find articles on a Discovering Language project, developing reading strategies in primary learners of French, creating the conditions for success, progression and assessment, the Brighton and Hove Pathfinder, motivation across the KS2/KS3 transition, and the educational aims of primary language teaching.
- Foreign Languages In Primary Schools Part 2 - Volume 38, Issue 2 July 2010: with reports on languages in Scotland and in Northern Ireland, a multilingual project, Assessment for Learning, English as a foreign Language teaching in Turkey, and two articles on video conferencing.
News for Primary teachers
“Jambo!” “Hola!” “Привет!” Walking through the corridors of our 11-16 all-inclusive school in Somerset, you could hear the sounds of dozens of languages, with excited primary students hanging on every word of the secondary student who was teaching them. As the bell...
Background: A considerable number of advisory documents, reports, campaigns and recommendations have emerged in the public domain in the last few weeks, many of them with input from ALL members. This Briefing (necessarily longer than usual) provides a few selected...
Speaking up for Languages – Language World 2019 Language World, the Association for Language Learning’s annual conference and CPD event offers a packed programme from across the languages sector. It also hosts an exhibition showcasing the latest in language...
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