Starting out

Support and resources for those starting out as newly qualified languages teachers.

Starting out as a newly qualified teacher?

The Association offers information, guidance, peer-to-peer support and CPD events to primary and secondary language teachers through its professional networks around the country.  If you are an NQT then we have a student/NQT membership package for you. If you are moving into your second year as a teacher then we have membership packages for you as an Individual Member, or your whole department may want to benefit from a Group Member package.

When starting out it is possible to feel isolated, but the Association is here for you from your first to your final day of teaching with information to support you at every  career stage. As time progresses you may feel able to give something back to the next generation of trainees and NQTs, so we encourage you to keep up your membership so that you can raise your profile as a speaker, lead or contribute to a local ALL network, offer a blog, review a resource  or contribute content for one of our online collections or our flagship magazine, Languages Today.

The more you explore your membership benefits and engage with the Association, the more you, your students and your school will benefit. Ongoing membership of your subject association is a worthwhile ongoing investment in your professional future.

View the options for membership here.

Advice for primary language teachers

For those actively teaching languages in primary schools, whether you are completely new to language teaching or an experienced practitioner.


Advice for secondary language teachers

For those actively teaching languages in secondary schools, whether you are completely new to language teaching or an experienced practitioner.

Keep learning & explore our Research Collections!

Explore our academic research collection online

This online repository of peer-reviewed academic articles about language teaching and learning, from international authors, can support your study and develop your broader thinking about pedagogy.


Explore articles focusing on action research in classrooms

This collection houses peer-reviewed articles which highlight the findings and learning which students and teachers extracted from classroom-based research.


Explore ALL's Language Zones - culture, practice and resource reviews

There are 5 language-specific Language Zones to explore. Contributions are from language learners, student teachers, practising teachers and academics. Content is in English or the target language.


Get the most out of ALL's practitioner collections

Keep you finger on the pulse with ALL's weekly e-bulletin

Take 20 minutes a week to read ALLNet! Teachers are very busy so ALL's weekly e-bulletin for members takes the pain out of trawling the internet or social media for what's new and exciting. ALLNet brings you the latest news, information about competitions, challenges, opportunities for language learners and teachers, as well as information from ALL's fabulous Corporate Members.


Learn about what works in other teachers' classrooms

As an ALL member, Languages Today magazine comes out to you once a term. This is packed full of stories from teachers on what works well in their classrooms, as well as articles which challenge your thinking and inspire you to try something new. Guaranteed to boost your learning and give you tangible ideas to use in your own classroom.


Read ALL's Language Matters collections

Language Matters is the section of the ALL website which hosts collections of articles about matters which are pertinent to teachers of languages. These collections are updated all the time and are open-access, pay per view or member-only.

Seeking advice through networking online

Join a general languages forum

Languagesnet enables you to raise issues that you may need some support with from more experienced peers. This is a supportive community ready to share and offer peer support.


Join the Primary Special Interest Group

The Primary Special Interest Group is an online forum where primary language teachers can offer informal support to one another.


Join the Secondary Special Interest Group

The Secondary Special Interest Group is an online forum where secondary language teachers can offer informal support to one another.


Get out and meet others - boost your confidence and be enthused

Attend one of ALL's local events

ALL hosts a range of events across the country. Most are low cost or free to ALL members. Events range from Show &Tells, informal discussion and peer support, to themed CPD sessions and regional day conferences. New attendees are always welcome.


Attend the language teacher CPD event of the year - Language World

Make the case to your head of department and head teacher early, to get their backing to attend ALL's flagship annual conference. This gives you the opportunity to attend Show & Tells in the target language, to network like crazy with so many supportive teachers and to build lasting contacts. The programme is packed with plenaries, talks and workshops and an amazing exhibition.

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