Title: Language Futures project resources
By: ALL / Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Language Futures website offers information about an innovative approach to language learning with resources to support those who wish to consider this method. The programme incorporates many of the best ideas of the 2008 National Curriculum, promoting team building, independence and the development of language learning skills within a range of contexts relevant to the interests of the learner.
The role of the teacher is no longer the traditional role of expert in the language students are learning, but rather mentor and co-learner, as students select which language they wish to learn within the multilingual classroom; and parents and others in the community with diverse language skills are welcomed into the classroom to work alongside the teacher to support groups of students learning their language.
The resources section of the website gives details of eight projects which have already been developed in schools using this approach. Each project is based on an essential question and is accompanied by a variety of resources. For some this comprises the project plan with teaching objectives, learning goals, links to online resources and assessment grids. Other projects have additional worksheet resources for pupil use, which support them as they approach their learning in an independent way. The projects vary from links to television programmes, such as ‘Come dine with me’ to projects which support the FLAME / CLIL model, based, for example, on ‘Dalí and surrealism’, linking art and languages. Another project, ‘Multilingual Digital Storytelling’ uses film-making or animation to engage students.
Many of these projects would support students’ literacy, re-engage learners who find the language curriculum a bit too ‘traditional’ or inspire more talented learners to engage with other languages. However, I would strongly suggest reading about the Language Futures approach to put the projects in context.
Teachers should view the resources as a starting point from which they can go on to develop other resources to support and inspire their learners, based either on these projects or their own projects to engage their students.
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