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ALL 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 the NQT and RQT membership package for you.
We are 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 trainee teachers and NQTs. We also encourage you to retain your membership so that you can raise your profile perhaps as a CPD 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 investment in your professional future.
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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.
This collection houses peer-reviewed articles which highlight the findings and learning which students and teachers extracted from classroom-based research.
There are 5 language-specific Language Zones. Contributions are from language learners, trainee teachers, practising teachers and academics. Content is in English or the target language.
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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 pay per view or member-only.
As an ALL member, the Languages Today magazine comes 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.
Seeking advice through networking online
If you want to connect to other language teachers online for discussion, support and developing your practice check out the following:
Also don't forget to read this article on how to thrive as an NQT here:
ALL London have hosted a rich and varied selection of webinars so do work your way through these for free and fantastic CPD all with an MFL focus.
First Friday October 2020
ALL First Friday, October 2020
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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Get out and meet others - boost your confidence and be enthused
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 attend ALL's flagship annual conference. The programme is packed with plenaries, talks and workshops and an amazing exhibition.