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These articles focus on specific language learning and teaching matters to stimulate your thinking and encourage you to engage and find out more.

Many of these ideas are contributed through guest blogs written by members of the language teaching community.

If you have a great idea to cascade on to others and would like to contribute a blog to the collection, then please get in contact with our editor at editor@all-languages.org.uk

My Best 10 – How to enhance listening skills

Here ALL members Laura Simons and Lisa Stevens share their tips for teaching listening exercises in primary and secondary classrooms.  Tips inlcude songs, ideas for social media, texts and games. To learn more, explore My Best 10, a taster article from the Languages...

How to maximise progress in listening at KS2 and KS3

Turn your students into active listeners – inside and outside the languages classroom – with these practical tips Listening in the context of foreign language learning is not just a neurological process, but also a cognitive one. Not only do listeners hear sounds,...

The World Cup is on the way…

The World Cup begins on 14 June 2018. To make sure you are prepared, take a look at the following ideas and resources we have compiled.  Link your language lessons to football Work in teams…arrange your classroom in groups and give each table a country or team name...

Talking about Key Stage 2-3 Transition in MFL

Ease into transition with a complete set of resources to help support your pupils as they leave Key Stage 2 and make the transition into Key Stage 3. ALL Connect is ALL's CPD programme for teachers of languages at KS2 and KS3, which was introduced in September 2014,...

Why not end this year with a themed day?

As the end of the year approaches, why not plan a themed celebration of languages? General ideas for a themed day: Invite children to come to school dressed in the colours of the flag of the language they are learning or as a famous person from that country Decorate...

Making best use of your member benefits

Guest blog post by Jane Harvey, ALL President Elect News and Events – keeping you updated I’ve been having a good look at what there is under the News and Events tab on the ALL website - and very worthwhile it was. I started with Consultations. Influencing government...

Brexit and modern languages in the UK curriculum

Guest blog by Peter Downes The recent British Council publication ‘Languages for the Future’ spells out clearly the challenge facing the MFL fraternity in the UK. MFL are fading in both the secondary and HE sectors at precisely the time when we are going to need more...

How can you foster a pupil’s independent learning skills?

Words: Clodagh Cooney, ALL Council Member, Language Futures Project Manager, Nottingham Primary Hub What is independence in language learning and how can it be encouraged? In Languages Today issue 22 on Learner Independence, Terry Lamb (Professor of Languages and...

Using a Project-Based Learning approach to support language learning

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is when students design, plan and carry out an extended project that produces an output, such as a product, publication or presentation. Ideally, these outputs are exhibited to an external audience which can be a powerful motivator for...

The role of mentor volunteers in the languages classroom

The most recent Language Trends Survey speaks about the importance of offering pupils the opportunity to engage with native speakers and of providing a model of authentic language and culture. However, due to financial pressures, many schools are no longer able to...

How to teach languages through art

Words: Nicky Mcintosh, Learning Team Leader, Culture Coventry 'What can you see in this picture?' 'Can you find the words in your dictionary?' 'What is she thinking?' ‘Portrait of Miss Ashwanden in Cookham’ by Stanley Spencer featured in the teaching MFL through Art...

Convincing your headteacher that primary languages are important

Guest blog by primary language teacher and consultant and ALL Council member Clare Seccombe. Languages became a compulsory part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum in September 2014, and, since then, many schools have made great strides in their work. However, this is not...

Ways to sustain the profile of languages

Looking for ways to sustain the profile of languages post- European Day of Languages?  Noelia Rivas shares her top tips to make languages more prominent in school life. Are you thinking of ways to give an extra dimension to language learning? Would you like to take...

Superb ways to combine a language with PE

Guest blog by Lisa Stevens, primary language teacher and ALL Council member. There are several reasons why you might want to combine PE and languages. Firstly, the primary curriculum is rich in content and there are so many interesting and exciting subjects that we...

ALL Connect

ALL Connect is ALL's CPD programme for teachers of languages at KS2 and KS3, which was introduced in September 2014, following receipt of grant funding from the DfE. Originally designed as a taught programme across numerous themed modules, ALL Connect was written by...

Spotlight on learning and teaching German

Following on from the superb article featuring John le Carré celebrating why we should learn German, and the fantastic buzz this gave to language teachers around the country, ALL wanted to join the celebration of all things German. We have compiled a few highlights...

Language Trends Survey

On Friday 16 June, The British Council issued its latest Language Trends Survey looking at the main issues currently facing language teaching in schools in England. For a summarised version, please read The British Council’s press release.  To access the full report,...

The Gruffalo in German

As part of the Welsh Government 's Global Futures initiative, Monmouth and Caerleon Comprehensive schools have been going into two local primary schools to teach them German using the Gruffalo story. This has been a huge success with both the pupils and staff and culminated in the two schools getting together in Monmouth to perform in front of Julia Donaldson.  Julia Donaldson shared her thoughts from the event.  "What an enjoyable event! Malcolm (Donaldson) and I were both really impressed by the children's performances: they all seemed so enthusiastic, and the standard of the acting, costumes and delivery was very high. It was lovely that every single child had something to say, and that they spoke  - and sang - German with such confidence. I feel sure that several of them will become competent linguists."

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Inclusive Language Learning

Languages for all - why should everyone learn a language? Learning a language boosts self esteem, improves communication, and opens doors.   According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Research shows that language learning has a whole host...

Building a solid foundation: linking literacy and language

The contribution of language learning to improving literacy - who's saying what:   Indigenous dictionary project aims to keep endangered languages alive: A project in development by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation aims to revolutionise the teaching and...

Speaking your mind: links between languages and other skills

The many ways in which languages boost brain power - who's saying what: How morality changes in a foreign language: "Moral judgments made in a foreign language are less laden with the emotional reactions that surface when we use a language learned in childhood"....

Languages Count!

It all adds up to languages...   Scientific studies have proven that honing literacy skills directly affects mathematical skills, and that the best practices in literacy education should be applied in all subjects: If students applied reading comprehension tools like...

Inspiration for students: celebrities and language learning

Some celebrity inspiration to encourage your students to learn a language...   Actors:   Audrey Hepburn: Besides being naturally bilingual in English and Dutch, Audrey Hepburn was also fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and German. You can hear her speaking all of...

CBI/Pearson survey on language skill employability

CBI/Pearson survey reveals need for emerging markets language skills Languages such as Mandarin and Arabic are becoming increasingly in demand by business wishing to break into these new, fast growing markets, the new CBI/Pearson survey has revealed. The growing need...

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