Languages Today

Languages Today is our member magazine, 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.

 

Languages Today: Autumn 2023, Issue 45, 'Getting more skilled'

Welcome to Languages Today Issue 45. This latest edition contains a bumper collection of articles looking at different aspects of what we mean by Skills – the language skills of course, in the different dimensions of recitation, conversation and debating, translation for examinations and for other curriculum purposes, professional skills of planning, developing CPD, considering social justice issues and understanding new examination arrangements.

For this last theme we dedicate space to a magisterial article from ALL’s own Helen Myers, comparing the specifications for teaching GCSE from 2024 which are so far approved by OFQUAL.

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Languages Today: Summer 2023, Issue 44, 'Treasure Forever'

Welcome to Languages Today Issue 44. In this edition of Languages Today (LT) we gather more things we really do treasure and use again and again - or have just rescued from the stockroom! – resources and technology, people and their writing, or talks and ideas which have made a major impact on our outlook or practice.

We encourage readers to make a store of those positive professional memories that keep us all going - those heart-warming messages from our learners and colleagues – and to remember the wealth of resources people have shared in the Association’s publications and recordings online. These do make for magical moments when revisited and true treasures.

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Languages Today: Winter 2022, Issue 40
'All sorts of people and all sorts of skills'

Welcome to Languages Today Issue 40, once again packed with content thanks to our members, friends and colleagues who have responded to the theme so constructively. This is again a rich edition covering a range of important areas in language learning: ALL President Elect Liz Black reflects on reading in Ten Best ; elsewhere we focus on students developing their listening, speaking and writing skills in secondary, or discovering the potential for creative translation, and teachers building up their own skills of profile-raising.

ALL Council member Silvia Bastow explores the practice, and associated research, of language retrieval, while two perspectives on transition, and a celebration of the skills of bilingual learners also make for great reading. Collaboration is something we all benefit and learn from and Judith Rifeser, an ALL volunteer and Corporate Member the Goethe-Institut London describe an online work experience project that develops languages skills and learner confidence through film and film-making.

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Languages Today: Autumn 2021, Issue 39, 'What's going on?'

It’s fifty years since Marvin Gaye released his seminal album reviewing What’s Going On in 1970s society. In the Language World of 2021, after a year when people have had their heads down dealing with the massive challenges of every day, we planned this update on What’s Going On for our community, and found we needed extra pages in your LT! We hope the wealth of articles from many corners will bring you up-to-date and contribute positive energy to the new academic year.

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Languages Today: Spring/Summer 2021, Issue 38
The Big Picture

Welcome to Languages Today Issue 38, once again packed with content, thanks to our friends, partners and members who have responded to the theme of LT 38 : The Big Picture with a wide range of pieces on: Languages Post-Pandemic – languages as an asset to learning, looking at the poetry, dimension, teaching and learning culture and language; we also look at a teacher’s ambitions for her students and how to give grammar a new lease of life - plus so much more. If you are inspired by articles or wish to respond to the ideas they raise, please consider making a contribution yourself in future.

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Languages Today: January 2021, Issue 37, Closing The Gap

Issue 37 of Languages Today is on the theme of ‘Closing the Gap’ contains many new articles and discussion points focusing on closing the gap whether it’s within the classroom, curriculum or the local community this issue has been written by members for members sharing their expertise and experiences and make suggestions and offer practical advice on how their strategies and approaches work for learners in their settings on areas such as ability range, social and racial equity, the needs and talents of EAL learners, the professional status of teachers in different contexts.  This is a great read!

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Using the new Ofsted Framework to raise the profile of languages

Using the new Ofsted Framework to raise the profile of languages

Languages Today is our termly member magazine, 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...

Lend an Ear

Lend an Ear

Languages Today is our member magazine, 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...

A Taste of Languages Today

A Taste of Languages Today

Languages Today is our member magazine and is free to members.  Designed specifically for language practitioners, it contains news from the language teaching world; ideas to help you with your teaching; reviews of teaching resources; and information about schemes and...

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LT Extra: Last Word

Who are we accountable to? Steven Fawkes (ALL Trustee and Volunteer) The pressures on educational establishments to behave like businesses, and the associated concept of accountability, have grown enormously over recent times. They have created demands on teachers’ workload, and consequently time, with seemingly endless requests for data, predicted grades, progress and evidence – especially […]

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LT Extra: Teaching and Learning Impact through Curriculum choice

Teaching and Learning   Impact through Curriculum choice Stewart Dearsley, Curriculum Advisor for MFL IB programmes are delivered in 150 countries worldwide in international, independent and grammar schools. All programmes are underpinned by central elements of international mindedness and the IB Learner Profile, which consists of ten highly desirable characteristics that will pave the way […]

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LT Extra: Best Ten tips for classroom management 

Best Ten tips for classroom management  Managing the classroom is about more than behaviour, although that is important. Here are some suggestions about engagement, spontaneous speaking, lesson start, building sentences, mistakes and interaction. Elaine Bocking: Whole school engagement (Secondary) To engage the entire school in learning a language, we place 20 numbered cards around the […]

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Languages Today issues

Languages Today Issues 30-32: 2018-19

Languages Today Issues 30-32: 2018-19

A summary of Languages Today magazine content in 2018-19 Autumn 2018 Lend an Ear - the power of listening in the language classroom. Spring 2019 Better Connected - the benefits of sharing ideas and connecting teachers with research. Summer 2019 All for one and one for...

Languages Today Issues 27 – 29: 2017-18

Languages Today Issues 27 – 29: 2017-18

A summary of Languages Today magazine content in 2017 -18.   Autumn 2017 Our Autumn 2017 issue was all about Multilingualism. Shared Voices - The power of multilingualism to bring people together featured ideas about teaching multilingual pupils, multilingual...

Languages Today Issues 21 – 23: 2015-16

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...