Learning from the Classroom

Learning from the Classroom is an ALL initiative to connect and share research and practice by teachers for the benefit of members. There is growing interest in evidence-informed practice in the teaching profession as a whole, with calls for more research into the teaching and learning of languages in the UK context (Teaching Schools Council, 2016). As leaders of learning, teachers use external research, combined with their own experience, to identify what works best in their setting (Buck, 2016). Learning from the Classroom is an opportunity to learn what other language teachers are doing and to reflect on insights which might inform our own work.

Engagement with evidence-informed practice is an expectation for teachers (DfE, 2012) and is a central component of the new Mentor Standards (DfE, 2016) as well as other professional accreditation routes e.g. NPQSL. Evidence-informed practice is part of the routine work of many teachers and ALL supports its members by providing easy access to a range of articles by teachers who are willing to share their classroom-based research. This could emerge from Masters or other postgraduate study, but contributions drawing on other non-accredited research and development work, as well as collaborative inquiry, are also welcome.

Currently, ALL provides updates, short features and practitioner- focused pieces via ALLNet and the Languages Today magazine, as well as more detailed articles of international relevance in the Language Learning Journal. These are important ways to share knowledge and ideas, and Learning from the Classroom is intended to provide a further medium for sharing classroom-based interventions, inquiry and small-scale research.

Learning from the Classroom is an exciting way to celebrate the amazing work taking place across the country to enhance learning opportunities for children and young people in schools. Learning from the Classroom allows teachers to stand back from their busy lives, share learning and reflect on potential impact in a different context.

Let’s share our learning together and fly the flag for languages!

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Encouraging independent language use by Julie Hall

Encouraging independent language use by Julie Hall

Use of the Target Language (TL) by teachers and learners is an issue that has been live in languages departments for a while, with different perspectives and imperatives coming to the fore. My own practice has been to focus my teaching around encouraging students to use the TL independently, and spontaneously from the very beginning […]

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Use of song in MFL

Use of song in MFL

To what extent can the use of song, in MFL teaching, enrich the language learning experience for the pupil? My focus for this research lies in the use of song in the MFL classroom. During this discursive essay, I will argue that song enriches the language learner’s experience in terms of aiding memory, bringing motivation […]

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Culture teaching and motivation in the Languages classroom

Culture teaching and motivation in the Languages classroom

With a lack of student motivation being described as ‘the greatest challenge facing FL teachers in the UK’ (Barton, 2014: 11), to what extent can explicit culture teaching during starter activities motivate GCSE students of Spanish with their language learning?  Explore Culture Teaching and Motivation in the Languages Classroom by John Robert Moffatt. John Moffatt graduated […]

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Does the use of cognates equally benefit a varied pupil demographic?

Does the use of cognates equally benefit a varied pupil demographic?

by Dimitri Lera. Does the use of cognates on Modern Foreign Language Acquisition (MFLA) equally benefit a varied pupil demographic? Explore this investigation into secondary school pupils learning of French and discover strategies for effective cognate teaching and indications for further research.

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Teaching literature at A Level: A practical approach

Teaching literature at A Level: A practical approach

by Angharad Simpson. Explore the notion of literature teaching and how you can increase your confidence and improve the quality of your own teaching and learning.

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