Experimenting with French literacy in KS2 ? Practical ideas!

Teachers in Southampton have been looking at the research behind some of their practice and have been exploring it in their classrooms. For example, research tells us that giving learners a sense of progression will support language learning motivation. We also know that encouraging teachers to experiment in their classrooms with teaching and learning activities fosters a sense of teacher pedagogic confidence.

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Thinking ahead! How do we ensure we have enough teachers?

In January, Bernardette Holmes, writing about languages for young learners in post-Brexit Britain, suggested that language learning is now of increased importance. It is indeed crucial now that we prepare our young learners to be culturally aware, linguistically able and economically literate if we are to participate on the world stage.
Read more of this thought-provoking piece by Gee Macrory, former Principal Lecturer at the School of Teacher Education & Professional Development at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Preparing younger learners for life in post-Brexit Britain

11:PM 23:00 Greenwich Mean Time on Friday, 31st January 2020 marks the moment when the United Kingdom formally ends its membership of the European Union, severing a relationship that has been in place for 47 years. The historic significance of this event and its ongoing ramifications will affect everyone in every part of the country, irrespective of affiliations to either side of the Brexit debate, which continues to divide public opinion in all four corners of the UK. As educators, and linguists, now more than ever, we must ask ourselves how we can best prepare younger learners for life in post-Brexit Britain, and question the role of languages within that remit.

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The revised new Curriculum for Wales

The revised Curriculum for Wales guidance has just been published following positive and constructive engagement and feedback last year.

Also published is the updated National Literacy and Numeracy Framework and Digital Competence Framework on Hwb, to support the cross-curricular skills which are integrated into the new curriculum.

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