Advice for head teachers and governors
ALL offers a school membership for secondary language departments, starting from £135 for a year. ALL offers open-access information on its website such as information displayed on this page, however it offers a broader range of member benefits to those who support the Association by joining as an Individual or a Group Member.
Free materials to train teachers to deliver the KS2 and KS3 Programmes of Study
The ALL Connect training initiative ran from 2014-2016. The aim of this was to prepare KS2 and KS3 language teachers for the Programmes of Study (2014). This is a rich source of training material with associated teaching and learning resources, based around a number of themes.
Each theme has an associated wiki and a self-directed learning module which KS3 language teachers could work through progressively and self-evaluate their learning and reflect on the steps they will take at an individual or departmental level to change or develop practice or pilot a new approach. Additionally we have retained the versions of the modules which can be used to train a department or to offer an INSET day to a school cluster. These take the form of PowerPoint presentations with associated materials/resources.
Language specialists at KS3 could use the training materials to support colleagues in primary feeder schools, who may not be language specialists in their own right.
To access the training materials please visit the ALL Connect blog.
To access the ALL Connect wikis please visit this site.
Interested in developing KS2/3 transition?
ALL has produced two high quality publications aimed at secondary languages teachers working to support non-specialist primary feeders, as well as those involved in teaching languages at KS3 themselves.
KS2 Co-ordinator's Handbook
- Download the KS2 Co-ordinator's Handbook
- View the associated training module which supports the introduction and use of the KS2 Co-ordinator's Handbook
KS2/3 Transition Toolkit
Programmes of Study at Secondary
Key Stage 3
- Subject content, aims and learning objectives for modern foreign language GCSEs for teaching from 2016
- GCSE (9 to 1) subject-level conditions and requirements for modern foreign languages
AS and A Level
- Subject content for modern foreign language AS and A levels for teaching in schools from 2016
- AS and A Level Subject Criteria for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Lesser taught languages
- Subject content for modern foreign language (smaller cohorts) AS and A levels for teaching in schools from 2018
Information to support curriculum planning
Primary to secondary transition
The Professional Development Consortium in Modern Foreign Languages (PDC in MFL): Scroll down the page To 'Transition' to view information about what teachers consider to be the issues relating to sound transfer and transition between primary and secondary languages, as well as other information such as PowerPoint presentations and resources shared by teachers for teachers. View the information here.
The Northern Ireland perspective: In September 2017, Northern Ireland Centre for Language Information and Research (NICILT) published exploratory research into transition in languages from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. The objectives of the research were to ascertain children's and principals' experiences of learning modern languages from primary school to post-primary school in Northern Ireland. The research contributes to wider debate on the lack of statutory modern languages on the primary curriculum in Northern Ireland. View the report here.
Teaching Schools Council Modern Languages Pedagogy Review
- Read A review of modern foreign languages teaching practice in Key Stage 3 and 4 (published by the Teaching Schools Council 2016)
- Read a follow-up piece What is the future for languages? by Ian Bauckham, leader of the TSC review of MFL pedagogy here.
Professional Development Consortium for Modern Languages
Eight key principles of teaching and learning languages.
Ofsted's Key Stage 3 - the wasted years?
Implementing the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
Implementing the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
The EBacc comprises the core academic subjects that the vast majority of young people should have the opportunity to study to age 16. To enter the EBacc, pupils must take up to eight GCSEs across five subject ‘pillars’.
Language Trends Survey
The Language Trends Survey is an annual survey of the state of languages in primary and secondary schools in England. In 2016/17 there was an additional survey relating to Wales.
Developing intercultural awareness
Invest in language teachers CPD through membership of ALL
Language World is the Association for Language Learning's flagship annual conference.
Early bird bookings are now open for Language World 2018, which will take place at Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island, Leicestershire (23-24 March 2018).
Language World offers delegates a single or two day learning and networking experience unlike any other in the country. The programme consists of key notes, major talks and workshop sessions, offering delegates an opportunity through a broad programme, the opportunity to truly tailor their conference to meet their own professional needs or those of a languages department. Additionally it offers a fantastic exhibition of language service and product providers under one roof with adequate time for delegates built into the programme to explore what's new on the market, new opportunities to develop and practice a language and build intercultural awareness to benefit their learners, as well as boost and refresh their own skills.
ALL appeals to all head teachers to fund secondary language teachers to attend Language World conference and equally to encourage them to submit a proposal for a talk or workshop to boost their professional development, celebrate classroom successes and innovative approaches to language teaching and learning; and to collaborate and share with others in the professional language teaching community by showcasing what they know and can offer their subject association.
The call for submissions of talks and workshops is open until 30 October 2017. Find out more.
To book a delegate place at Language World and to take advantage of the Early Bird rates for ALL members (standard booking opens on 21 December 2017), please visit our dedicated booking site.