Practitioner Focus collection

The Practitioner Focus collection takes a more in-depth look at various topics of interest to teachers, with practical suggestions and advice to support your success in tackling learning and teaching issues, as well as developing specific skills in language learning.

Teacher Briefing 21: 2020 School Exams cancellation arrangements

This year’s summer exam series in UK, including A levels, GCSEs and other qualifications, and all primary assessments have been cancelled to fight the spread of coronavirus. On 20 March 2020 the DfE announced that the exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards would work with teachers to provide grades to students. On 26 March Ofqual […]

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Teacher Briefing 20: Remote Working & Online Teaching

In the context of the current pandemic and governmental advice about avoiding / limiting personal contact or staying at home entirely schools and teachers are looking for ways of using technology and self-study approaches to help students continue their language...

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From our Corporate Member: Sanako

Sanako Connect – On Line Language Teaching Remote language teaching tool for Free until end of June   Dear MFL Teacher Language education should be accessible to everyone all the time. However, due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, many schools are forced to limit their teacher to student speaking & listening classroom time. To try […]

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Teacher Briefings: Effects of high-quality professional development on teachers and students

Theme: Effects of high-quality professional development on teachers and students Background: A new report (February 2020) from the Education Policy Institute undertakes a detailed review of the evidence on the impact of teacher professional development. The Key findings highlight the impact of high quality CPD on pupils’ learning outcomes on pupil attainment (in contrast with […]

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Ranked: The 100 Most Spoken Languages Around the World

Since publication, this article and infographics ranking the 100 most spoken languages around the world has been causing a bit of a stir amongst teachers, especially languages teachers, across the globe.  If you love languages, read more here.  

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Teacher Briefings: Boys and Languages

Theme: Boys and Languages This is an overview of a very recent report led by the British Council and the Education Policy Institute published in January 2020. The report comes in two parts: Part 1 looks at the background, while Part 2 looks at schools’ strategies. Part 1 recommendations include: Government should clarify its position on […]

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Boys studying modern foreign languages at GCSE in schools in England

A new report from the British Council with forewords from Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council and David Laws, Chief Executive of the Education Policy Institute, this new report comes in two parts; Part 1. Schools that are beating the odds. Detailing key findings, recommendations in trends in boys’ language GCSE entry […]

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Using the Target Language

Using the Target Language

Julie Hall explains why being able to talk creatively in the classroom is so important and the principles she has developed to give her students the confidence to do so.

About the author:

Julie Hall is a languages teacher at Ponteland High School in Northumberland and is passionate about improving students’ independence and the creative use of target language in the classroom. Julie recently established the Target Language Support Group in the North East.

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Embedding Phonics in Language Lessons

Embedding Phonics in Language Lessons

Sue Cave explains why the teaching of phonics should be an integral part of every language lesson.

About the author:

Sue Cave has taught in the primary, secondary, adult education and TESOL sectors. Currently, she is an independent primary languages consultant and trainer for Cave Languages.  Her published works include ‘Physical French Phonics’ as well as primary language resource books.

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