Languages Today

Languages Today

Languages Today is the termly magazine of the Association for Language Learning, and is designed specifically for language teachers. It is free to members of the Association for Language Learning.

It contains news from the language teaching world; ideas to help with your teaching; reviews of teaching resources; and information about schemes and projects which may be of interest to you. We follow a day in the life of language teachers, trainers and people who use languages in their job, and we find out about how language skills are used in the workplace.

We welcome the opportunity to use up-to-date photographs of teachers working with their students, from schools, colleges, higher and adult education, to help ALL to raise the profile of language teachers and students learning languages. If you have suitable photographs that we could use to show language teaching and learning, please let us know.

Please send them to the Languages Today editorial team with a brief description and the name of your institution. Full permission of all subjects is required, in particular parents’ permission to use images of pupils; images need to be full colour, and high resolution (minimum 300 dpi or 2,480 pixels wide), jpegs if at all possible; and let us know if we need to credit the photographer.

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ALL Connect Update

Wendy Newman, ALL Professional Officer What the ALL Connect project has managed to achieve in its first year, and what is planned for the second… Year 1 Materials ALL Connect has developed training modules on major curriculum themes fundamental to the work of teachers...

How to get a cultural boost in the UK

Florence Robson, The #YearOverHere campaign aims to give language students – and their teachers – the opportunities to practise their skills while in the UK There’s a certain exchange that almost everyone who’s learnt a language dreads. It goes...

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Esperanto: a contemporary lingua franca

Deak Kirkham, Teaching Fellow, Academic English for Business & Management and Linguistics Tutor at Leeds University Name some international languages (or ‘lingua francas’ as they’re sometimes called). English is likely to top most contemporary lists; other reasonable...

The Big Idea – Resilience

Anna Lise Gordon, ALL President 2016-18   The Theory    What is resilience?   Neenan (2009: 3) describes resilience as an ‘intriguing yet elusive concept’ but there is no doubt that the concept has assumed greater significance in educational documents in recent years....

Approaches to assessment in KS2 and beyond

(This is an extended version of the article which appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of  Languages Today magazine, with additional references and exemplification) Introduction Two of the issues exercising colleagues in the ALL Primary Hubs and beyond are the vexed...

Languages Today issues

Languages Today Issues 27 – 29: 2017-18

A summary of Languages Today magazine content in 2017 -18.   Autumn 2017 Our Autumn 2017 issue will be about Multilingualism, and will be out in September 2017.  Featuring ideas about teaching multilingual pupils, multilingual debating and growing up in a multilingual...

Languages Today Issues 21 – 23: 2015-16

A summary of Languages Today magazine content in 2015/16.   Autumn 2015 Our Autumn 2015 issue was all about ‘Art, design and fashion’: Featuring ideas for craft and language activities; creating portraits using Spanish words; and fashion teaching tips from Routes into...

Languages Today Issues 18 – 20: 2014-15

A summary of Languages Today magazine content in 2014/15.   Autumn 2014 September 2014 was a pivotal time for the teaching of languages throughout the curriculum - and especially at Key Stage 2 - so this issue of Languages Today was a primary & cross curricular...

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