Getting Started with French – Niveau bleu event at Aston University

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On Tuesday 26th November, Catherine Cheater (trainer and author), on behalf of the Primary French Project Partnership, comprising the French Embassy, the Association for Language Learning and Network for Languages, delivered a one-day course which provided classroom teaching resources and support for Primary practitioners who wish to start teaching French in Key Stage 2.

The course is based on teaching materials, which are fully aligned with the new Programme of Study for Languages in Key Stage 2. Participants were encouraged to use the materials to teach French in school, thereby extending their training and enhancing their subject knowledge.

This first training event focussed on Niveau bleu, which is aimed at children in Year 3, or children in their first year of learning French in Key Stage 2.  There are further courses to cover materials for teaching other school years. Further training events will take place at Aston University, a regional centre for Network for Languages, in the near future.

The training course was attended by Class Teachers, MFL Co-ordinators and Trainers from across the West Midlands.

Further information about the Primary French Project can be found at:

Many thanks go to Catherine Cheater and to the participants for making this event such a great success.

If you are interested in attending one of our events, please contact Jacquie Harding at

CPD event: Getting Started with French – Niveau bleu


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CPD event: Action research as a professional tool in MFL teaching


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To register, please go to the event website.

CLERA Researcher of the Month: Elena Xeni

CLERA has a broad range of researchers and research candidates working in many different areas of language education. Each month, we feature one of our researchers to learn more about them, their work and their interests.

Elena XeniOur Researcher of the Month for June is postgraduate researcher Elena Xeni. Elena has been teaching language education at the Department of Education, University of Cyprus since 2004 and language arts at the BPSE programme, University of Luxembourg as an
adjunct teacher since 2007. Her teaching and research interests focus on good practice in language and literature teaching and learning. Additionally, her research interests encompass children’s literature translation, translation process research, translation norms and strategies and translation competence.

Click here to read her profile.

CPD event: PowerPoint & Video Editing Skills for MFL Teachers


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HEA seminar: Mobile Language Learning

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Thursday 25 April 2013, Manchester

Despite the potential for mobile learning to support, even transform, teaching practice, some educationalists remain sceptical of the benefits of mobile learning in its current form. Kukulska-Hulme (2009), for example, calls for us to give more consideration to ‘how mobility, accompanied by digital, location-aware technologies, changes learning’.

This one-day Blackboard-sponsored seminar will explore mobile learning in the context of foreign language teaching in higher education, providing a forum to:

  • share teaching practice with, and network with, colleagues from a range of institutions teaching and/or supporting foreign languages;
  • meet representatives from Blackboard Mobile, and better understand the ways in which such organisations can support the development of mobile learning;
  • discuss opportunities for, and barriers to, mobile language learning in higher education.

The seminar will be of interest to academic staff, including junior staff and new teachers as well as support staff, especially learning technologists.

Full details, including the final schedule and confirmed venue, will be circulated approximately one week before the event.

There will be a poster session during lunch. If you would like to present your work on mobile language learning during the poster session, please contact James Wilson at the email address below.

To book a place on, or to enquire about, this event please contact James Wilson at

Please note that places are limited and early booking is therefore advisable.

CLERA Lunchtime Talk “Principles and practices, ideals and images: Language teacher education”


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CPD Workshop: Teaching Grammar at Key Stage 2

CPDPart of CLERA’s remit is to organise and host events, workshops and related activities aimed at teachers of languages in the primary, secondary and further/higher education sectors as part of their Continuing Professional Development.

CLERA’s next CPD event is:

Teaching Grammar at Key Stage 2
Tuesday 26 March 2013 or Thursday 18 April 2013
This workshop event covers the ground you need to teach pupils in order for them to understand the grammar and grammatical terminology required by the Key Stage 2 grammar test. Through practical, group based exercises, you will gain a grounding in modern approaches to the study of grammar.
Price: £75.00
Target audience:
Teachers of Key Stage 2 & Primary Literacy
Click here for more information and to register.

Newsletter: International Research Foundation for English Language Education

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The January 2013 edition of the International Research Foundation for English Language Education’s newsletter TIRF Today has just been published (click here: TIRF_Newsletter_2013_January).

In it, the President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) shares the story behind Discover Languages® Month, Andrzej Cirocki, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University, shares information about a new journal in the field of applied linguistics, and there is information about the Eighth International Conference on Language Teacher Education: Preparing Language Teacher Educators to Meet National and Global Needs, to be held at George Washington University from May 30 to June 1, 2013.


Professor Mitch Legutke on integrating school-based experience in teacher training

This year’s CLERA Distinguished Lecturer was Prof Michael Legutke who, in his talk, emphasised the crucial role of classroom-based experience in teacher training, including previous learning experiences which inevitably influence the theories and perceptions that student teachers bring with them. He then explained some basic principles for designing teacher education programmes and gave examples from his own work with trainee EFL teachers in Germany.

To find out more about the Lecture, go to the CLERA website.