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


Teaching Grammar Through Reading: CPD workshops at Aston


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CPD event: Getting Started with French – Niveau bleu


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Primary French Project Partnership launched by ALL, IF and NfL

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A high-profile partnership that aims to support primary schools throughout England has been formally launched in London on 14 March 2013. The Primary French Project Partnership brings together three organisations:

  • Institut français du Royaume Uni (IFRU)
  • ALL – The Association for Language Learning
  • Network for Languages

They have come together for the purpose of supporting primary schools wishing to teach French as part of the new statutory curriculum from September 2014. The support will include the development of teaching resources to exemplify the Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages (French), outreach to as many primary schools as possible, the development of training courses for teachers, and professional development opportunities.

To find out more about the project and who to contact, please read the following press release: Press ReleasePrimaryFrenchPartnership

CPD: Teaching Grammar at KS2, 18 April 2013


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For more information, please email Jacquie Harding at or go to

Teaching Grammar at Key Stage 2 – CPD Workshop at Aston University

The first ‘Teaching Grammar at Key Stage 2’ workshop was held on Tuesday 26th March.  The workshop was run by Dr Urszula Clark who is a Reader in English at Aston University. She also has many years’ experience in teaching English grammar.

The aim of this event was to help Primary school teachers prepare their pupils for the Key Stage 2 Grammar test that will be taken by year 6 pupils across the country in May. Through practical, group-based exercises, attendees gained a grounding in modern approaches to the study of grammar.

Delegates from five different schools in the West Midlands braved the sub-zero temperatures to attend the workshop. One teacher said, ‘Fantastic CPD – thank you! The session really stretched me. I learnt a lot!’ Another teacher commented on how the session was adapted to individual needs and that the level of subject knowledge was great, ‘It gave me the confidence to ask my own questions and confirm my own understanding.’

Many thanks go to Dr Urszula Clark for making this workshop such a great success.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, there will be a repeat session on Thursday 18th April. For more information and to register, go to

We look forward to seeing you there!

Free seminar: EN ESPAÑOL – ¿POR QUÉ NO? – Delivering the curriculum through Spanish

The Consejería de Educación en el Reino Unido e Irlanda and Liverpool City Council are inviting interested parties to attend the Consejeria’s Annual Seminar “En español, ¿por qué no? – Delivering the curriculum through Spanish” which will take place on November 30th at Hall 12, Arena and Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP.

The Seminar is free of charge, funded by the Consejería. At the event, experts and professionals from Spanish Sections in schools in Liverpool and Cumbria will review and debate the integrated learning of Spanish through curriculum content.

Follow this link to view the programme: Programa del Seminario Liverpool
Click here to view the event website and to book a place.

Professional development programme from Network for Languages

Network for Languages London have presented their programme timetable for Autumn 2012, offering professional development courses for primary and secondary language teachers. They run events throughout the year and offer bespoke training at schools.

Their autumn programme includes:

Thursday, 18 October, 10-4pm: Terrific teaching, long lasting learning at A-level – practical and creative strategies for different languages and topic areas

Wednesday, 24 October, 10-4pm: Talking Target Language: Developing spontaneity in the classroom – practical ideas for using the target language French in primary classrooms

Tuesday, 6 November, 4-6pm: Differentiation revisited: How to facilitate personalized learning at Key Stages 3 and 4 – meeting learner needs in ability sets or mixed ability classes through personalised learning

Tuesday, 13 November, 10-4pm: Accelerating language learning using phonics – what is meant by phonics and the sound-spelling link, phonics resources and ideas for use in class

Thursday, 15 November, 10-4pm: Leading Primary Languages – preparing for the government’s plan to introduce languages as a compulsary part of the primary curriculum at Key Stage 2

To view the whole programme and for more information, go to

Languages in the news

Michael Gove’s statement about primary language education has sparked a lively debate in the media about the value of language learning and the best time to start language development in children. Here are some examples:

Reactions to Gove’s announcement in the Guardian letters page

A BBC report with hundreds of comments: New curriculum ‘to make languages compulsory from seven’

The Independent: Britain’s children left behind in languages by the time they’re three

And the Telegraph published an article about the urgend language needs of diplomats: Language skills are being lost in translation

À propos: In October, Sue Garton and Fiona Copland responded to first reports of Gove’s intentions regarding early language provision in a letter to the Guardian which sparked a similarly heated comments page:

Foreign languages to be taught from age 7

Michael Gove is to announce details of the coming overhaul of the national curriculum later this week. One item currently making waves is his announcement that languages will become compulsory in primary education:


In common with high-performing schools in this country and other high-performing jurisdictions, I want to add breadth to the primary curriculum by requiring all schools to teach a foreign language at Key Stage 2, from Year 3 to Year 6.

The new foreign languages Programme of Study will require an appropriate balance of spoken and written language. Pupils must learn to speak in sentences, with appropriate pronunciation. They will have to express simple ideas with clarity. Pupils should also learn to write phrases and short sentences from memory. They should develop an understanding of basic grammar. And they should become acquainted with songs and poems in the language studied. Teaching should focus on making substantial progress in one language.

Numerous news outlets and language organisations (BBCIndependent, Network for Languages, to name a few) have reported this story, and the accompanying comments pages show a wide range of reactions, from ecstatic to furious. Feel free to weigh in on the matter by leaving a comment here!