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24 October 2018

The National Gujarati Teachers’ Conference 2018 – Treasuring, innovating and inspiring language learning

Earlier this year, I was very pleased to meet the national Gujarati Co-ordinator for the BAPS Gujarati schools, for the first time. At that time, I must confess to not knowing much at all about the Gujarati language and how it is being taught around the country. I listened keenly to the work being done […]

02 October 2018

European Day of Languages – A Reflection

On 26 September, we celebrated the European Day of Languages. The European Day of Languages was first established in 2001, by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, during the European Year of Languages. The general aim of the day, which has been celebrated by people all over Europe ever since, is to highlight […]

29 August 2018

Cuban – Westminster Academic Exchange: Exploring and sharing current developments in language teaching

The University of Westminster recently hosted three teacher educators from Cuba, as a part of an academic exchange and scholarship programme and longstanding link between the university and the Havana Medical Schools and Verona Pedagogical University. Since 2003, 35 Cuban colleagues have benefitted from completing Masters and Summer Courses at the university, whilst Westminster colleagues […]

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 […]