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1 PGCE F/T 2012 A rationale for primary languages, patterns of provision, support for teachers and the KS2 Framework for Languages Primary Languages: an introduction Session 1 Semester 2

2 PGCE F/T 2012 Learning Intentions To explore our own views and experiences of foreign language learning To critically analyse recent research which provides a rationale for primary foreign language teaching and learning and to situate this within the context of the recent Primary Review To consider how schools are approaching the implementation of primary languages and the decisions and challenges they face in doing so To consider the aims and rationale of the KS2 Framework for Languages. To become familiar with the structure and layout of the Framework and to begin to develop an understanding of the 5 key strands which underpin this document To consider the resources which are available to support the non- specialist

3 PGCE F/T 2012 A rationale What do you see as the benefits of early language learning (ELL)? Think, pair, share

4 PGCE F/T 2012 The National Languages Strategy: Languages for all, languages for life “Languages are a lifelong skill – to be used in business and for pleasure, to open up avenues of communication and exploration, and to promote, encourage and instil a broader cultural understanding…In the knowledge society of the 21 st century, language competence and intercultural understanding are not optional extras, they are an essential part of being a citizen.” (page 5) DfES 2002: Languages For All: Languages for Life - A Strategy for England. DfES Publications

5 PGCE F/T 2012 Martin, C. (2008) Primary Languages: Effective Learning and Teaching, Exeter, Learning Matters “Learning a language is a valuable and worthwhile enterprise at any age because it provides the possibility of practical communication; it is also a source of valuable intellectual stimulation and enjoyment; it cultivates broader perspectives and insights into other cultures and enables people to gain insights into their own culture and language through contrast” (Driscoll, 1999, p2) “The primary curriculum provides a wealth of opportunities for the foreign language to be exploited within other primary topics and the memorisation of stock phrases can be connected to the pupils’ experience through story telling, songs and play activities which help to generate an enjoyable and motivating environment for foreign language learning…pupils can develop confidence in the family atmosphere and caring culture of the primary school with fellow classmates they know well and with whom they have learnt all manner of basic skills over the years.” (Driscoll, 1999, p12)

6 PGCE F/T 2012 Making the case – governors, parents and headteachers talk about the learning and teaching of languages in primary schools

7 PGCE F/T 2012 Six main aims of primary language teaching To exploit the linguistic and cognitive flexibility of young children To exploit the attitudinal and motivational flexibility of primary age children To raise levels of achievement through learning languages for longer To exploit the opportunities presented by the particular circumstances of the context of primary schooling for promoting language awareness To provide young children with an enriching and important experience which will better equip them to understand the realities of life related to European and global citizenship To equip the next generation with the knowledge, skills and understanding which will enable them to function effectively in international contexts (Sharpe: 2001: 32)

8 PGCE F/T 2012 Where were we? “Because language is a tool for communication – comprising speaking, listening, reading and writing – learning a new language strengthens a child’s command of their mother tongue. Given appropriate opportunities, they will make explicit links between the two” “…the knowledge, skills and understanding we want children to acquire in languages should be situated within the understanding English, communications and languages programme of learning in order to best exploit the links between English and the chosen language(s).” (Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum : Final Report April 2009 - Chapter 5 – Introducing Languages at Key Stage 2 pp100-108) Recommendation that languages become a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 from 2011.

9 PGCE F/T 2012 Where are we now? “…… we recommend that: modern foreign languages should be a foundation subject at Key Stages 2 – 4” 4.12 “ the optimum age at which to introduce modern foreign language teaching remains a contested matter …. However, we do believe because of its importance that it should be included in the National Curriculum at upper Key Stage 2……… 4.13 Department for Education, (2011). The Framework for the National Curriculum. A report by the Expert Panel for the National Curriculum review. (London: Department for Education).

10 PGCE F/T 2012 Implementing Primary Languages What have been your own observations of language teaching and learning in school?  How was this organised?  Who taught the lessons?  How much time was dedicated to it? What were the teachers’ / pupils’ / parents’ responses and views regarding this aspect of the curriculum? What were your views?

11 PGCE F/T 2012 Primary Languages in action – what does it look like? A school’s approach will depend on a variety of factors including: Available teacher expertise and staff training needs Timetabling and the way in which their curriculum is currently organised Size and context of school

12 PGCE F/T 2012 Which Language(s)……? Schools are free to choose the language they teach. This choice is influenced by: Staff expertise Support and training available Decisions made in clusters / networks Languages offered by local secondary schools Local community needs

13 PGCE F/T 2012 Some Statistics In 2008 The DCSF commissioned research into language learning at KS2 and found that: French was the most commonly taught (88% of schools) Spanish next (25% of schools) German (10% of schools) A small number of schools (about 3%) offered Italian, Japanese and Urdu

14 PGCE F/T 2012 Timing The Framework makes clear the expectation that schools will plan for no less than 60 minutes per week of dedicated language time. This might be divided into relatively short sessions e.g. 15 minutes per day 3 x 20 minutes 2 x 30 minutes plus one shorter session of 10 minutes Additional time can also be found by integrating languages across the curriculum.

15 PGCE F/T 2012 Staffing Models Schools are implementing a wide variety of staffing models when it comes to teaching languages. These include: An existing primary class teacher with a specialist background in languages An existing non-specialist primary class teacher who undertakes professional development in order to deliver language teaching A language specialist who might only work at one school or may be shared between schools Support from a teacher from a linked Specialist Language College or other secondary school Support from a Local Authority advisory teacher or Advanced Skills Teacher A Foreign Language Assistant working with the class teacher Another adult with strong language skills e.g. parent, teaching assistant

16 PGCE F/T 2012 The Generalist The generalist is able “ to draw upon a thorough working knowledge of the pupils’ cognitive development, they also know about the pupils’ personalities and their patterns of behaviour. As a language learner they are more able to understand the difficulties the children may encounter…” (Driscoll et al: 1999: 46) They also: Are able to adapt to changes and can be flexible in their approach to timetabling. This enables teachers to integrate the language into the pupils whole school experience which can then be used as a real means of communication throughout the day. Are able to draw on a wealth of effective primary pedagogic experience which they can adapt to the teaching of the foreign language Have positive relationships with the children in their class, one which fosters trust, risk-taking and positive behaviour management

17 PGCE F/T 2012 “A teacher does not need to be an expert linguist to create an appropriate context that facilitates language learning.” (Macrory: 2008: 96)

18 PGCE F/T 2012 Framework – 5 strands Oracy (O) Knowledge about language (KAL) Literacy (L) Intercultural understanding (IU) Language learning strategies (LLS)

19 PGCE F/T 2012 Introducing the Framework

20 PGCE F/T 2012 Support for teachers in implementing Primary Languages

21 PGCE F/T 2012 Language Support CD course to brush up. Free podcast courses in many languages Language Cafés Online

22 PGCE F/T 2012 Planning Support QCA units: French, German & Spanish in pdf format / hemes3/subjects/primary_mff/ ?view=get

23 PGCE F/T 2012 Published Resources Support

24 PGCE F/T 2012 24 Free resources support

25 PGCE F/T 2012 Languages online m m Australian site Free online activities eg. ton animal mange quoi?ton animal mange quoi? Free printable worksheets Songs Topic based

26 PGCE F/T 2012

27 PGCE F/T 2012 Support for Intercultural Understanding Sister sites for Italian, Spanish & German Lots of linguistic support and Intercultural Understanding Site for teacher use rather than students. French, Spanish and Italian Interesting facts, festivals, cooking etc

28 PGCE F/T 2012 General Support Forum to network & ask questions Free teacher-made resources & plans Free mini-blog.

29 PGCE F/T 2012 Regional Support

30 PGCE F/T 2012 Independent Study Task Read Chapter 8 of Sharpe, K. (2001) Modern Foreign Languages in the primary school the what, why and how of early MFL teaching Oxon, Taylor and Francis Be ready to feed back key learning points next session

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