Language Futures is an exciting approach for primary and secondary schools interested in developing languages beyond the classroom. Its core purpose is to broaden language provision and promote and celebrate linguistic diversity. The approach aims to generate deep engagement with learning and encourages learners to take responsibility for their learning both within and beyond the classroom. Increasing motivation and engagement are integral to the approach with learners not only choosing a language they wish to learn, but also exercising choice in elements of what and how to learn. A core feature of the approach is the personalised support offered to pupils by mentors who are volunteers from the local community with an in-depth knowledge and fluency in a particular language, recruited to provide good models of the language. Mentors are an integral part of the Language Futures approach – both teachers and pupils speak about the difference they make and the impact they have on learning.
We are now looking for mentors in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Nottingham to deliver a range of languages: Arabic, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
For further information on becoming a Language Futures mentor, email the Language Futures Project Manager Clodagh Cooney