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What learning a language says about me

In a nutshell, having the ability to understand and speak a foreign language is a genuine asset to anyone regardless of age, background, gender or race. The skill promotes a lifetime of effective communication as language is the most important part of our very being. To learn other forms of…

Revision – The Good, The Bad and The Downright Useful.

‘Revision’ is the dreaded word that not many particularly look forward to. The connotations of revision, for most of us, are almost always negative. However, we all know that it is a necessary evil. What we want to do, is show you, that by taking a different approach to revision,…

Primary Languages – What a Fine Mess You Got Us into Now DfE.

The Flaws: Currently, Modern Foreign Languages are non-compulsory at Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2/ages 5-6). My question is, why is this acceptable when so many studies have shown that the best and most effective ages to begin language learning is from birth up to 5 years old? Why…

MFL GCSE 9-1 – What’s it all about?

The most challenging GCSE yet: In my 10 years of teaching, this is the 3rd GCSE I have seen and quite frankly the most challenging yet, but then again, that has been the aim from Ofqual. Apparently the aim is to better differentiate between different abilities. What astounds me is…

Languages for Adults – Is it too late?

Quite simply, NO! As adults, we are both blessed and plagued with having life experience. We go through life enduring and solving problems, making the best of bad situations, learning from mistakes (hopefully) and using our knowledge to be better people and live a better existence. What we also do,…

Languages for Early Years – Friend or foe?

‘Every child deserves the best start in life’. As parents, we would all agree that each and every one of our children deserve nothing less. Thankfully, this is backed up by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage[1]. Learning, or being exposed to a foreign language at this…