Languages Today

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.


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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...

Real-life resources

Wendy Newman, ALL Professional Officer British Council Language Assistants will bring language and culture alive in your school – here’s everything you need to know about the scheme. What is a Language Assistant? Every year, around 2,500 Language Assistants from the...

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How do we talk about grammar and texts?

Teachers of English and Foreign Languages share their views and approaches. The latest version of the National Curriculum for England creates an ideal moment for teachers with a focus on language to come together and exchange experiences and views on common issues in...

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....

Languages Today issues

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...

Languages Today Issues 15 – 17: 2013-14

A summary of Languages Today magazine content in 2013/14.   Autumn 2013 This issue was about language and identity... We reported on disappearing languages around the world and the UK's changing linguistic identity. We investigated a project empowering bilingual...

Languages Today Issues 12 – 14: 2012-13

A summary of Languages Today magazine content in 2012/13.   Autumn 2012 In 2012, the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, this edition of Languages Today was all about lifelong and intergenerational learning. - We spoke to language...

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