Modern Foreign Languages 5-11 : A guide for teachers book cover
3rd Edition

Modern Foreign Languages 5-11
A guide for teachers

ISBN 9781138645677
Published November 30, 2016 by Routledge
192 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The need to introduce pupils to learning languages at an early stage has been widely acknowledged, with MFL now a core part of the primary curriculum. Fully updated to support busy schools and teachers in planning, teaching and delivering the new primary MFL entitlement for all primary pupils, this user-friendly guide covers significant pedagogical issues and is a key point of reference for all MFL work in the primary classroom.

Now fully updated to include substantive writing about planning and introducing the new assessment scale, this book contains:

  • comprehensive coverage of resources and planning;
  • valuable new cross-curricular links;
  • ready-to-use activities that are anchored in research;
  • advice on assessment, SEN and the use of technology;
  • a development of the broader issues of leadership, learning strategies and continuing professional development.

Modern Foreign Languages 5–11 will help practitioners to teach MFL as a dynamic, stand-alone subject while retaining a cross-curricular focus. It builds upon core principles of cultural learning, differentiation, language awareness and transferable skills by providing practical strategies that can be easily implemented in your setting. Offering comprehensive guidance on the pedagogy that underpins language teaching and covering everything you’ll need to teach effectively, this book delivers a range of practical ideas and examples of best practice to help integrate effective language learning, teaching and assessment into the curriculum.

Written to support the needs of trainees, practising teachers and school leaders as they develop their foreign language provision, this guide is key reading for those seeking to enhance their professional practice in primary MFL pedagogy.

Table of Contents

Introduction – developments in primary MFL learning 1. Starting early – what do younger language learners do better? 2. Leading the way – the importance of a shared leadership approach 3. Planning and use of resources – doing the groundwork 4. Teaching the four skills – practical ideas and activities 5. Teaching approaches – differentiation, motivation and learning across the curriculum6. Learner strategies and preferences – overcoming the ‘tricky bits’ 7. Assessment and monitoring progress: How am I doing? What have I achieved? How can I progress? 8. ICT and language learning 9. Cultural learning – opening the classroom door and broadening horizons 10. Transition from primary to secondary – continuity, cohesion and progression 11. Training and professional development – establishing a community of learning and practice

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Jane Jones is Senior Lecturer in Modern Foreign Languages Education at King’s College London.

Simon Coffey is Senior Lecturer in Modern Foreign Languages Education at King’s College London.