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18 July 2018

European Language Resources from Europe

You probably already know European Schoolbooks Ltd, or their bookshops in London – the European Bookshop and the Italian Bookshop, both in Gloucester Road, in South Kensington.  If you do, you will know that they work on behalf of European publishers of language-teaching materials.  Their principal languages are French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Portuguese.  […]

05 June 2018

LANGUAGE MAGICIAN Final Conference, University of Westminster – 19 May 2018

As a newcomer to this Erasmus-funded project, I went with some curiosity to this event at the University of Westminster on Saturday 19 May, to find out more. Although labelled it’s “Final” conference, I felt nonetheless embraced by its adherents, captivated by its simplicity and wowed by the rigour of the resource! There were magicians’ […]

24 May 2018

CLIL – A Way Forward for Languages….

Learning a foreign language is often perceived as difficult and can be a de-motivating experience for learners, owing to pupils being required to talk about subjects, which are not age-appropriate, or of little interest to them. Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) enables pupils to learn a content subject via a foreign language and also […]

17 April 2018

The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN goes live!

THE LANGUAGE MAGICIAN online game was officially launched at Language World UK, the annual conference of the Association for Language Learning (ALL), in March 2018. Teachers attending the conference were treated to a major talk about the game, a linked session on Assessment, a Game workshop session and the launch event itself. The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN, […]

16 March 2018

Reflective Practice Workshops

The Reflective Practice Workshops build on the work accomplished during the London Schools Excellence Fund and Legacy (Professional Language Networks) Projects. Teachers involved in those projects were encouraged to pick a focus question/area each term and reflect on their practice throughout the process, documenting their observations and thought processes in a reflective log. Project Mentors […]

21 February 2018

International Mother Language Day – Promoting multilingualism and linguistic & cultural diversity

One language disappears on average every two weeks, taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage, according to UNESCO. Roughly, a third of languages are endangered and sadly, many people all over the world are being denied the opportunity to maintain, develop and enjoy their mother language. The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day […]

09 January 2018

Subject Knowledge Hubs Programme – Supporting excellent teaching and learning in London schools

A group of London modern foreign language primary teachers involved in the University of Westminster’s London Schools Excellence Legacy Project, ‘Professional Language Networks,’ were recognised for their hard work and contributions, at a Celebration Event at City Hall, which took place on Monday 11 December 2017. The  teachers received a Certificate of Recognition for their […]

27 October 2017

The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN French pilot gets off to a flying start

In October 2017, the piloting of the French version of the LANGUAGE MAGICIAN online game got off to a flying start. The LANGUAGE MAGICIAN, in case you missed it, is a computer game that can be used as an assessment tool in schools. The game is fun for children, builds on their language and IT-skills […]

13 July 2017

Taking part in the Legacy Project has directly impacted all our staff

As a school we have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the London Schools Excellence Legacy Project, ‘Professional Language Networks Hub’. We have benefited greatly from the support offered and have attended four MFL local hub meetings in Wandsworth since last summer and the Network for Languages MFL conferences in November and June. These events have allowed […]

11 July 2017

CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) at Sheffield Hallam University 30th June – 1st July 2017

  “Want to increase motivation, confidence and attainment in your MFL students?” (Who doesn’t?) Well this was the strap line for last week’s CLIL conference in Sheffield Hallam and it didn’t disappoint. Well organised over two jam -packed days, many of the National and International Leaders in CLIL were there, including Professors Do Coyle and […]