Language Teacher of the Year

Do you know a very special language teacher or a student language ambassador? A teacher who inspires pupils through superb teaching and supports colleagues by sharing their expertise and ideas? Or a student language ambassador who motivates young learners, showing them that learning languages is exciting, cool and contributes to their future success?

If you do, then why not nominate them for a Routes into Languages / Association for Language Learning Award?

Find out more about the Language Teacher of the Year and the Student Language Ambassador of the Year Awards.

Download the background information and judging criteria.

Nominations are open from 01-30 October 2015.

If you have any further questions please contact the Awards team by email to award@all-languages.org.uk.

Economic benefits of modern language learning

In an article published on July 14, City AM’s William Railton discusses the economic benefits of language learning:

German Jobs in the UK

CPD: Assessment and the New National Curriculum for MFL

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Midlands German Network (MGN) launched in January 2015

Connecting Local Schools, Universities and Businesses

MGN logoGraduates with German language skills are highly sought-after on the British and international labour markets. The Midlands German Network (MGN) is a university-led initiative which fosters cooperation between local schools, universities and businesses. Its aim is to make young people aware of the manifold opportunities, increase the uptake of German, and support recruitment for local employers.

The Midlands German Network will be officially launched at Aston University on January 21, 2015. This launch event will be an opportunity for networking across all three levels. Organisations represented include the German Embassy, the Goethe Institute, and UK-German Connection.

For: Secondary and Primary school teachers, pupils from Year 9 onwards; local businesses and universities, including students; anyone interested in German culture and language.

To find out more about the launch and to register for the event, please click here. Please forward details of the event to interested parties.

Registration deadline: 10 December 2014, although later registration is possible by contacting midlandsgermannetwork@aston.ac.uk. Any questions or comments should be addressed to this email address.

Deutsch International! at Aston University

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Wednesday 19th March 2014 was Deutsch International! This was the final in a series of Routes into Languages cultural events in collaboration with Network for Languages and the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston University (CLERA).

The event was for Year 8 pupils of German and featured three workshops from Aston students and native speakers from German speaking countries around the world. The countries covered were Belgium, Austria and Germany.

The aim of the event was to show German as a world language and inspire pupils to continue studying German at school and beyond.

We were very fortunate to have Alex Pickering, the Special Projects Advisor from the Goethe Institut in London,who kindly came to talk to the teachers while the students worked in their groups. Alex was also responsible for judging the best poster created by the pupils and the best speakers of German. On this occasion, the winning country was Belgium. Congratulations to them on such a wonderful team effort!

The event was a great success: sixty pupils and eight teachers from local schools turned up on the day.

Many thanks to Jenny Price and Elpiniki Lamproglou for leading the event; to Alex Pickering for his time, wonderful CPD inputand professionalism;to the student ambassadors for running the workshops and of course to all the pupils and teachers who made the effort to come and make this event worthwhile.

¡Una Fiesta Hispánica at Aston University!

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Wednesday 12th March 2014 was the second in a series of Routes into Languages cultural events in collaboration with Networks for Languages and the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston University (CLERA).

The event was for Year 8 pupils and featured three workshops from final year students and native speakers from Spanish speaking countries around the world. The countries covered were Chile, Peru and Colombia.

The aim of the event was to show Spanish as a world language and inspire pupils to continue studying Spanish at school and beyond.

We were very fortunate to have Natalio Ormeño Villajos, the Education Advisor from the Spanish Embassy Education Office who travelled from Manchester to talk to the teachers while the students worked in their groups. Natalio was also responsible for judging the best poster created by the pupils and the best speakers of Spanish.

The event was a great success: sixty-two pupils and eight teachers from local schools turned up on the day.

Many thanks to Jenny Price and Elpiniki Lamproglou for leading the event; to Natalio Ormeño Villajos for his time, generosity and professionalism; to the student ambassadors for running the workshops and of course to all the pupils and teachers who made the effort to come and make this event worthwhile.

Jour de la Francophonie! at Aston University

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Wednesday 5th March 2014 was the first in a series of Routes into Languages cultural events in collaboration with Networks for Languages and the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston University (CLERA).

The event was for Year 8 pupils and featured three workshops from final year students and native speakers from French speaking countries around the world. The countries covered were Belgium, Congo and Martinique.

The aim of the event was to show French as a world language and inspire pupils to continue studying French at school and beyond.

We were fortunate to have Yves Letournel who came from the Cultural department of the French Embassy to talk to the teachers while the students were enjoying their workshops. Yves was also responsible for judging the best poster created by the pupils and award prizes.

The event was a great success: sixty pupils and ten teachers from local schools turned up on the day.

Many thanks to Jenny Price and Elpiniki Lamproglou for leading the event; to Yves Letournel for his time, generosity and dynamism for the teachers; to the student ambassadors for running the workshops and of course to all the pupils and teachers who made the effort to come.

We hope to repeat the event next year.

CPD: How to be OUTSTANDING in the MFL Classroom

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Modern languages in the news: UK skills shortage

In the past week, numerous news outlets have reported on the alarming shortage in language skills in the UK which is predicted to jeopardize the UK economy, according to a new report by the British Council.

To read some of the news stories on the new findings, follow these links:

SKY News: Poor Language Skills ‘Hampering UK Economy

The Guardian: Shortfall in the languages the UK needs the most

BBC: ‘Alarming Shortage’ of foreign language skills in UK

 

No Island Is An Island: European Perspectives on Language Learning in Britain

“Only 30% of English native speakers in the UK can have a conversation in a foreign language, compared to an EU average of 54%.”
European Survey on Language Competences 2012

No Island conferenceAlongside this year’s Language Show Live 2013 (18-20 October) in London, the European Commission’s conference ‘No Island Is An Island: European Perspectives on Language Learning in Britain’ will take place on Friday 18 October. The event will focus on the social, economic and political significance of languages in Britain.

The list of speakers includes

  • Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for Education, Youth, Sport, and Multilingualism
  • Baroness Garden Government Spokesperson: Higher Education and Skills, Government Whip and Spokesperson: Education and Defence
  • Kristina Cunningham, Head of Sector, Multilingualism policy, European Commission
  • Lid King The Languages Company
  • Marco Benedetti, Director General DG Interpretation, European Commission

More information about the conference is available on the conference website (click Register to access the full programme.)