How to ... collection

 

The ' How to ....' page is a collection of practical articles focusing on themes which are pertinent to classroom teachers. If you have been a member of ALL for a while then you may have read these first in our flagship magazine Languages Today.

If you are looking for a tried and tested idea and advice for how to get started, then you will enjoy this collection!

How to… prepare for the A level speaking exam

Marion Pellon explains how she is adjusting her teaching methods ahead of this summer’s new A Level exam requirements.

About the author:

Marion Pellon is Head of Languages at The Heathland School in Hounslow, London. She has worked in four different state secondary schools since completing her European PGCE with the University of Nottingham and Université Lyon 2. Last year, she contributed to ALL’s Head of Languages Handbook. @marionprof

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How to… thrive as an NQT

Jo Darley, Jenna Eccles and David Shanks share their top tips to help you excel in your first year of teaching.

About the authors:

Jo Darley is a French and Spanish specialist and has many years of experience teaching and leading languages at both primary and secondary levels. She currently supports L.E.A.D Academy trust schools in Nottingham, Leicester and Sheffield with their delivery of languages.  Jenna Eccles trained through the School Direct programme, completing her PGCE in 2014. She currently teaches French and Spanish at KS3 and KS4 at Scalby School in Scarborough.  David Shanks works as a consultant and lead practitioner developing the
MFL provision across the Harris Federation group of primary and secondary schools in London.

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How to… plan cross-curricular language links

Liz Black shares some tips for stretching languages across the entire curriculum, to reinforce thinking and analysis, and argues for a holistic approach to planning.

 

About the author:

Liz has taught languages in both primary and secondary schools for over 30 years and has, as a consequence of this cross-phase work, keen interest in ensuring effective linguistic progression. She is currently a PGCE tutor, freelance author and consultant. She has been a
member of ALL for many years and is on the National Executive Council and the Primary Special Interest Group. She delivers training for primary and secondary teachers and is well known for her creative teaching ideas.

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How to… provide effective feedback during whole class speaking tasks

Natalie Campbell explains how technology can enable teachers to provide feedback to every student.

About the author:

Natalie Campbell is Subject Manager for Spanish at Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. She became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2015 and was named ALL Secondary Languages Teacher of the Year in 2016. She is a keen advocate of using technology to enhance language teaching.

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How to… encourage spontaneity in the languages classroom

As speaking becomes more important in language exams, students need to confidently respond to impromptu questions.  Steven Fawkes investigates how to encourage spontaneity.

About the author:

Steven Fawkes is ALL’s Honorary Membership Officer, a Trustee and Fellow of the Association; he also chairs the NE branch and supports several Special Interest Groups. Steven has managed the ALL Literature project since it began and oversees the wiki
(http://ALL-Literature.wikidot.com), where further suggestions and loads of texts can be found, including ten activities for exploiting a text contributed by teachers in the North East, in the section called Pedagogy and Research.

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How to… put on a performance based languages event.

Performance based language events engage students and help them gain confidence.  Inspiration is taken from two examples: Creative competition at Love Languages and pushing the limits of language at Dulwich Linguistic.

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How to… develop intercultural understanding through play.

Sarah Bruce explains the benefits of taking language learning into the playground.

About the author:

Sarah Bruce is Modern Language Subject Coordinator at Panshanger Primary School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

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