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Getting to know ALL’s President

Introducing Prof Kim Bower, ALL‘s President.  The President sits on the Association’s board of trustees, its Management Board, which comprises two elected Officers: Honorary Membership Officer and President and up to five invited Trustees.  Kim will assume the...

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Online Courses for Spanish Language Teachers in the UK and Ireland

Cursos de formación en línea para profesorado británico e irlandés de español (octubre-noviembre 2020)   El Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional de España ofrece plazas a profesorado británico e irlandés de español para cursos en línea que se desarrollarán entre octubre y noviembre de 2020 y que serán impartidos por la Universidad Internacional Menéndez […]

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The UK-German Tandem Challenge: Connect, Learn, Share

With the UK-German Tandem Challenge pupils can keep in touch with their German friend, tandem partner or host brother or sister while discovering each other’s cultures, having fun taking photos and educating others, too! How does it work? Partners discuss topics from...

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From Ofqual: RE: GCSE French/German Severe Grading

Dear Prof Koglbauer and Ms Harvey,   Thank you for your email to Sally Collier and Roger Taylor, and my apologies for the delay in responding to you. I am responding on their behalf.   Prior to the summer, we announced that we would make an adjustment to the...

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ALL: Severe grading – GCSE French and German 2020

As you are aware,  ALL wrote to OFQUAL on Monday to ask how the 2% adjustment to French and German GCSE results would be applied to Centre Assessment grades. We have had a reply which you can read here. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you two documents...

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ALL: Letter to Ofqual

ALL have written to Sally Collier and Roger Taylor at Ofqual with regard to severe grading  measures in GCSE French and German.  Read the letter in full here: ALL_Ofqual_SevereGrading2020 We look forward to their statement in response and shall share this with you...

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Press Release: A Level Results 2020

ALL President Jane Harvey comments on this year’s results: “I would like to congratulate all A and AS-level language students and their teachers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on their results in this exceptional year.  A level language courses require not...

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Internationalism Alliance

Report from: Internationalism Alliance webinar hosted by the British Council and The Prince's Trust Monday 20th July 2020   The mission of the Alliance is to ensure that internationalism is interwoven in every young person’s education, life and experiences...

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APPG news: Submission to the Migration Advisory Committee

On July 29th, the ALL-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages (APPG MFL) submitted the following to the Migration Advisory Committee : Call for the inclusion of teachers of all modern foreign language, and public service interpreters and translators, on the Shortage Occupation List. The letter was endorsed by ALL as well as other interested bodies. The […]

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Creativity with Languages in Schools

The OWRI-funded ‘Creative Multilingualism’ project has published a report about their research outlining the impact of creative approaches to language learning in schools.   Creativity with Languages in Schools documents work involving 95 partner schools, 250 workshops and a reach of over 35,000 students mostly in England and Wales. Its main aims included building confidence […]

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Strictly in Isolation

Poetry in other languages celebration - pilot 2020 This is a spin-off from the competition (Strictly Speaking) which ALLNE had planned to pilot this year in the region and which was not possible in the circumstances. It targets Year 8 students in the hope of giving...

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