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Learning and teaching primary foreign languages: why are we here?

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Charlotte Garbutt

on 7 April 2016

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Transcript of Learning and teaching primary foreign languages: why are we here?

to consider the reasons for teaching languages
to explore how using songs & games can help teach a language
Why are we here?
‘Every child should have the opportunity throughout KS2 to study a foreign language & develop their interest in the culture of other nations. ....By age 11 they should have the opportunity to reach a recognised level of competence … and for that achievement to recognised through a national scheme.... The KS2 language learning programme must … be delivered at least in part in class time.’
DfES 2002
Why are we here?
The current National Curriculum for modern foreign languages, where they are statutory at key stage 3 but not at key stage 2, will remain in force until 2014. The Government continues to believe that language skills are important to the social and economic future of the country. Given its importance, primary schools that are teaching languages should continue
to do so.
Why are we here?
learning styles
starter/ice-breaker for scene-setting /
for introducing new vocab
revising a topic / in a plenary
learning styles
fruit salad
Simon says
pass the parcel
Kim's game
Os & Xs
les mois de l'année
1 Set high expectations which inspire,
motivate and challenge pupils
3 Demonstrate good subject &
curriculum knowledge
Create a number game.
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.
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