Using the Target Language

Using the Target Language

Julie Hall explains why being able to talk creatively in the classroom is so important and the principles she has developed to give her students the confidence to do so. About the author: Julie Hall is a languages teacher at Ponteland High School in Northumberland and...
Learner Independence

Learner Independence

Terry Lamb explains the benefits of encouraging students to take control of their own learning. About the author: Terry taught French and German in secondary schools for 16 years and is now Professor of Languages and Pedagogy at the University of Sheffield. He directs...
Literature and Language Learning

Literature and Language Learning

The Programmes of Study at Key Stage 2 and 3 talk about helping learners to “discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing… appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes…” and at KS3, to “… read and show comprehension of original and adapted materials…...
Is the UK Language Rich?

Is the UK Language Rich?

Hundreds of languages in one place does not necessarily constitute multiculturalism – language learning is still critical for the future of the multilingual city. About the author: Lid King established The Languages Company in 2008 in order to support the National...
Resilience

Resilience

How can we support and nurture resilience in language teachers? About the author: Anne Lise Gordon is President of ALL and has a range of experience in languages – as a teacher and Head of Department, a local authority advisor and an ITT tutor. Her doctoral research...
Focus on assessment in Key Stage 2

Focus on assessment in Key Stage 2

With no specific guidelines on assessment, how should we be assessing pupil progress at Key Stage 2? There are plenty of options. Since September 2014, the National Curriculum requires pupils and teachers to focus on making “substantial progress in at least one modern...
Action Research

Action Research

Jane Jones and a supporting line up of authors outline why student teachers are well placed to undertake Action Research. The complexities of the classroom and of teaching and learning lend themselves readily to teacher research activity. Teachers, as inquisitive,...

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