Advice and guidance for primary language teachers

This section is intended for those teaching languages in primary school, whether you are completely new to language teaching or an experienced practitioner.

The Association offers information, guidance, peer-to-peer support and CPD events to primary and secondary language teachers through its professional networks around the country.

You may wish to consider setting up or being part of an ALL Primary Hub, ALL’s  network of support groups for teachers of primary languages, hosted and facilitated by experienced primary teachers and languages practitioners.

Sources of guidance and support

Statutory Guidance

The National Curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Subject Content for KS2:

Download the KS2 Programmes of Study here

Research Informed Practice

The Professional Development Consortium in Modern Foreign Languages (PDC in MFL) gives teachers access to eight key principles of teaching and learning languages, which are based on research evidence.  The Consortium was set up by researchers at the University of Reading Institute of Education and University of Oxford Department of Education. It is made up of classroom language teachers, teacher trainers and researchers in England. All languages teachers, ITE tutors and other language professionals are welcome to join in the Consortium’s work by joining a local cluster, and/or having a go at one or more of the suggestions on their site. Learn more

Peer Support Offered by ALL

ALL offers an open access primary languages discussion list - free to join!

Primary languages JISCMAIL discussion group  brings together teachers, academics and researchers, teacher trainers and other language practitioners to exchange practical ideas, experiences and research about learning and teaching languages at primary level.


ALL offers an open access languages discussion list, with a broad focus - free to join!

Languagesnet JISCMAIL is a discussion group to connect academics, qualified and trainee teachers, teacher trainers, language practitioners and researchers to exchange information, share best practice and build understanding and co-operation across a range of educational sectors, with  a specific focus on languages.

Other Sources of Peer Support

Talkabout Primary MFL wiki

A place to support those starting out on teaching primary languages and share some free resources (and experiences) between KS1 and KS2 teachers of French, German, Spanish and other languages

Join the MFL twitterati – ask a question and somebody will help you!

Ways in which ALL can support you

Primary Hubs

Find an ALL Primary Hub near you


View the Initiatives page for more inspiration and language project updates

The Language Magician

Find out about the Language Magician primary progression game, due to launch in Spring 2018!

Corporate members

Find out about languages products and services offered by ALL's Corporate Members

Language practice for teachers who are non-specialist language learners



Vocabulary extension in a range of languages.

French Yabla

French Yabla

An online video magazine for French learners who wish to improve their language skills.



Using ‘mems’, snippets of imagination and humour for vocabulary extension in a range of languages.



French pronunciation practice for teachers or students


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