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Join ALL as a Trainee Teacher/ECT Member

ALL offers special membership rates for Trainee Teachers and Early Career Teachers of languages in the primary or secondary sector.

For just £27.50 a year Trainee Teacher, Student, ECT (NQT and RQT) memberships enable you to receive all the member benefits offered by the Association.  What's more, members can take advantage of this low rate for two consecutive years.

FREE publication NQTs at the heart of ALL for all ECT members.


ALL Social
First Friday of each month at 8pm on Zoom 
NQTs, RQTs and Trainees all welcome

Usual  format:

1. ALL intro + update (5 mins)

2. 'lightly-themed' presentation by someone (maximum 15 minutes)

3.  Sharing nuggets of success [a couple of brief breakout room sessions to help you get to know others 

4. Some sort of fun activity e.g. game / music (about 10 minutes)

5. Chance for those who want to stay behind to continue the chat

Welcome Event 2020

‘Thank you all, you are so kind’

- ALL’s national welcome to Language teacher trainees

on 30th. September 2020

The quote above is a line from the Chat at this Zoom event where over 200 trainees and others, from all over the UK, and abroad, came together for an informal drop-in, and heard from others about :

The family of ALL Members and how we share

Thoughts from recent trainees

Keeping a treasure chest

The joys of teaching languages

Support for trainees from other Language teachers

First thoughts on job applications

And joined in a Jargon Quiz in the Breakout rooms           

A short version of the Chat and Quiz contents are in a separate document


A couple more quotations :

So encouraging to see other people forming part of the language teaching army because it can sometimes feel like a one-woman fight!


Feeling so inspired after this webinar. Thank you. I will definitely look to becoming a member. You are a fab bunch!

First Friday October 2020

ALL First Friday, October 2020


Chris Jadav


As we rapidly approach the start of a new month and indeed a new half-term, I'm crossing off my list of jobs not yet done and remembered an enthusiastic offer to write up the October First Friday meeting. Why did I do that I ask myself (?) and then remember the enthusiasm I felt seeing the gallery of attendees, including some experienced sages of the MFL world, alongside the weary but keen expressions of those of us much newer to the profession. It was an hour well spent. 


It underlined to me, as an RQT, how much I've learnt in the past couple of years, much of it from ALL members, and indeed how far there is to travel, but that we don't need to do that alone even if our own departments may seem small and distant. The generosity of the teaching community and especially the MFL community has been well documented but is no less significant for that.  Again, at the end of a long week, colleagues were willing to share the wisdom and encouragement of years as well as to share successes, questions and concerns from their classrooms that week. It was good to be part of a group coming together to ask questions, share experiences and try to work out how to get better together for the sake of our students. It was also good fun.


There were many practical ideas shared of ways to encourage and inspire learners but the take home message for me from the session was remembering to create a Leonardo da Vinci moment. I found this especially pertinent in light of how time pressed we are at present, trying to squeeze our curriculum content into shorter lessons and make up for as much lost learning as possible. It highlighted to me how 'force feeding' as much content as possible into each session might well be driving the joy out of some of my lessons and that I needed to be a bit more imaginative in the weeks ahead. This isn't to suggest that we shouldn't be presenting learners with challenges or being rigorous in our delivery but to recognise as Charlie Berney  succinctly put it,  that even if the content that needs to be taught is sometimes boring in and of itself, the output doesn't have to be . 


It meant I went back to Mary Glasgow resources to find suitable film clips to liven up my Día de Hispanidad / Día de las Razas and that the very dull vocabulary section on helping at home was enlivened by creating comic strips and a quick game of charades along the way. When asking the Year 11s to write a piece about their holidays I wasn't afraid to take my imaginary elephant up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and slip and bump back down to the bottom... It's a meagre start but it's something and the challenge will be to keep being creative in the weeks and months ahead. According to Einstein, "Creativity is intelligence having fun" so when I feel the curriculum content pressure squeezing in, I'll endeavour to keep a space for it and see what fruit it yields in the weeks and months ahead. And I'll definitely be making a date in my diary for First Fridays in the months ahead.


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What to view next ...

Starting out

Information to support you as you train to become a language teacher and as you progress into your NQT year

Barry Jones Archive

Explore the Barry Jones Archive, a collection of themed articles written to support teacher trainees and NQTs


Take a look at our collection of peer reviews of commercially available resources.

View Primary teaching resources

Explore our vast range of resources for Primary educators.

Research and Practice

Explore ALL's pages dedicated to research and practice


ALL regularly publishes features on a range of topics of interest to Students and NQTs

View Secondary teaching resources

Explore our vast range of resources for Secondary educators.

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