Our blog post this half-term is all about embracing challenge and celebrating success!
Our Primary Languages Quality Mark ™ continues to go from strength to strength; recent awards have been made of Bronze and Silver and one of our past award winners has now officially applied to ‘go for gold’! This is very exciting as, if successful, they will be our first school to receive a Gold Award.
Some of our PLQM ™ award-winning schools will be presenting their work at the annual Primary Leaders of Language conference on Friday the 2nd of December. Our keynote speaker will be Vicky Gough. Vicky is Schools Adviser and lead for MFL at the British Council – the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The theme of her talk will be ‘Bringing languages to life through the international dimension’. To book on, click here: primary leaders of language conference.
The theme of our annual Heads of Languages (secondary) conference on Friday the 9th of December is all about one of the key ingredients for success for language teaching and learning – resilience! The title is ‘Resilience in challenging times’ and our special guest and keynote speaker, is Anna Lise Gordon. Anna Lise will be serving as President for the Association of Language Learning from 2016 to 2018. She is Academic Director for Secondary Initial Teacher Training Provision at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. The theme of her talk will be ‘Being a resilient Head of languages & managing change’.
Her session outline promises an exciting presentation:
Welcome aboard the roller-coaster ride!
As modern language teachers face constant challenges – new GCSE and A level examination specifications, Key Stage 3 pedagogy review, transition from Key Stage 2 and teacher recruitment concerns, to name but a few – Anna Lise’s interactive presentation will take a positive view of the exciting roller-coaster ride. It’s much more fun when we embrace the ride together as a professional community!
Anna Lise will draw on her doctoral research about teacher resilience to share some practical and engaging strategies for managing challenges and leading change related to MFL teaching and learning.
There will also be presentations from AQA and Edexcel on the new language specifications as well as a celebration of the successes of languages in Hertfordshire and case study of a thriving languages department. To book on, click here: secondary Heads of MFL annual conference.
A notable success over the course of the last year was the preservation of GCSE and A Level for lesser-taught languages (including Arabic, modern Greek, Urdu, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Japanese, modern Hebrew, Bengali and Punjabi). New guidance regarding the accreditation of these GCSEs, AS and A levels (for teaching from 2017) is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accreditation-of-gcses-as-a-levels-for-teaching-from-2017
For schools teaching (or thinking about) teaching Japanese, have a look at some of the exciting opportunities being offered by the Japan Foundation. The Japan Foundation invites individuals and organisations that are planning international exchange projects and activities to participate in programmes organised by them. For more information, click here: https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/program/
The 2016/2017 edition of the Language Trends survey is now live! Primary and secondary schools across the country should now have received letters asking them to complete the online Language Trends Survey for this year. If your school has been selected as part of this year’s sample, we would urge you to respond in order to contribute to this important annual update on the state of our subject. Although the deadline for responding to the survey is 30 Nov 2016, the survey organisers would be pleased for respondents to complete the survey as soon as possible.
Bernardette Holmes MBE, Campaign Director of Speak to the Future, has produced a response to the publication of Languages & Brexit by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages released on the 17th October. To read the response, click here.
Training for languages for the spring term
The courses we have on offer for the spring term are listed below.
Get Set for Exam Success for GCSE MFL. Book here.
Get Set for Exam Success for AS and A Level MFL. Book here.
Progression and Assessment for Secondary Languages. Book here.
State of Independence: up-skilling the Google Translate generation. Book here.
Embedding Fun French in the Primary Classroom. Book here.
Wishing you all a very well-deserved, relaxing and happy Christmas break!