Educational Conference

On Friday, February 26, Bordesley Green Girls’ School is hosting an Educational Conference focussing on CPD at primary and secondary level where CLaRA member Prof Urszula Clark will be the keynote speaker and will also present a session and a workshop on Language Based Pedagogy.

For more detailed information about the programme, please go to the website.

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CPD event: Teaching Languages through Poetry


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Show and Tell for Language Practitioners at Aston University


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How to be OUTSTANDING in the Secondary MFL Classroom

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Twilight CPD session: How to be OUTSTANDING in the Secondary MFL Classroom at Aston University 10th June 2014

Due to the successful event held on 11th February 2014, CLERA ran a repeat session aimed at Secondary school Modern Foreign Language (MFL) practitioners. The course was attended by Class Teachers, MFL Co-ordinators and Heads of department from across the West Midlands and even as far as Essex.

The aim of the event was to help practitioners to think about what an OUTSTANDING lesson in MFL is and how it is achieved. Gemma Riley, Assistant Principal at Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry, delivered this practical session with her colleague, Andy Compton who gave some suggestions on how to use iPads in the MFL classroom. Their school was recently awarded ‘Outstanding’. They shared resources, lesson plans and ideas with the delegates.

Many thanks go to Gemma Riley, Andy Compton and to the delegates for making this CPD session such another great success.




CPD: How to be OUTSTANDING in the Secondary MFL Classroom


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CPD: How to be OUTSTANDING in the MFL Classroom


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CPD: How to be OUTSTANDING in the MFL Classroom


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Using twitter to engage with students: Tweetchat about the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Social Media increasingly gain ground as useful tools in education. They can be especially effective to open MFL classrooms up to the wider world by allowing students to engage with native speakers for language practice, or to research specialised cultural, historical or social fields of knowledge through access to experts.

TweetChatClaudia Gremler, Lecturer in German at Aston University, recently engaged in a tweet chat about the effects of the Fall of the Berlin Wall with A2 students from Tile Hill Wood School in Coventy. (You can follow their exchange on Storify.)

This allowed students to practice their German in a relaxed, undaunting
environment where exchanges were limited to 140 signs and gave them the
opportunity to ask questions and exchange views with an expert in the field. The
teacher who organised the chat, Bertram Richter (MFL Curriculum Leader at Tile
Hill Wood), gave a presentation about Twitter in the MFL classroom at #ILILC3, the ICT and Languages Conference in Southampton 2013, citing this chat as a successful example.


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