Modern Languages Courses

Modern Languages in the Primary School – a Curriculum for Excellence Context

Modern Language teaching in the Primary School has undergone many changes since its inception. With the advent of Curriculum for Excellence the emphasis is no longer placed on simply learning lists of vocabulary. It’s about giving ‘depth’ to learning and using it as cross-curricular tool to demonstrate the inter-connected nature of languages. This series of short will demonstrate methods of teaching that embody all experiences and outcomes while using the modern language to support Talking, Listening, Reading and Writing in English language.

Course Content

  • To make the strands of MFL learning – Talking, Listening, Reading and Writing – including Assessment and Grammar come alive in the classroom
  • To develop strategies to help pupils manipulate language and make reading and writing fun
  • To encourage transfer of quality MFL teaching practices to other areas of the curriculum and vice versa
  • To discuss MFL versatility through a variety of approaches including the use of ICT
  • To accelerate Language learning through a multi-intelligence approach to teaching

Suitable for

  • Primary teachers
  • Secondary teacher support
  • Probationer teachers
  • Students

Teaching Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary School – Kickstart 1

Teachers with little or some degree of foreign language competence will benefit from this series of short courses. Our highly interactive training programme will equip delegates with the competencies to engage pupils in the whole process of language learning.

Sessions will

  • Develop teachers’ ability to introduce Modern Languages at all stages of primary
  • Provide practical methods and innovative activities to teach core vocabulary and embody experiences and outcomes
  • Enable delegates to confidently deliver all four skills; Talking, Listening, Reading and Writing including Assessment and Grammar
  • Demonstrate versatile strategies which allow pupils to manipulate a foreign language naturally
  • Encourage the transfer of good teaching practices from other areas of the curriculum to the delivery of Modern Languages and vice versa
  • Demonstrate how learning is accelerated through consideration of a multi-intelligence approach to teaching
  • Investigate links to other areas of the curriculum
  • Support understanding of the place of Modern Languages within Curriculum for Excellence guidelines

Suitable for

  • Primary teachers
  • Probationer teachers
  • Students

Modern Foreign Languages – Encouraging Pupil Interest and Uptake

Foreign language learning appears to be in decline in our schools and yet with an increasingly global economy never has there been a better time for pupils to opt to study one. Yet apathy appears to be on the increase. How do we go about turning things around? This series of short courses will not only explore a wide variety of strategies that will encourage pupils to choose to study a foreign language but look at ways to keep those who already are continuously motivated and go on to achieve even greater exam success.

Course Content

  • Inspiring pupils to choose foreign languages
  • Why the turn off and what can we do to halt the decline?
  • Teaching strategies to support Curriculum for Excellence
  • Assessment – a tool to maximize teaching and learning
  • Exam success. Making a difficult subject less challenging

Suitable for

  • Secondary teachers
  • Probationer teachers
  • Students