Aston University hosts first Links into Languages workshop

Links into Languages
Fiona Cotton & Satu Raitala at the launch workshop

2nd November, 2009

Aston University was the location for the first Links into Languages one-day workshop last month looking at strategic leadership for languages in primary schools.

The University acts as Links’ Regional Centre for the West Midlands offering a nationally co-ordinated network of support centres. Training, meetings, networking and access to resources will all be located at Aston University, helping to bring together all those working with languages in the region.

The course, aimed at head teachers and subject coordinators, consisted of two modules. The morning module looked at curriculum delivery and explored the role of the subject coordinator; teachers were given assistance in activity ideas and planning. The afternoon module addressed self evaluation in developing primary languages and what Ofsted is looking for in terms of expectations and achievement.

Noemi Martinez Ramos, Languages Community Coordinator at Rugby High School was one of the attendees, “This has been a great networking opportunity for all of us. The University has a fantastic new languages block and the course has been very useful with great ideas for me to take back to my school.”

Satu Raitala, Regional Manager for Links into Languages commented, “The programme aims to offer continuous professional development for teachers. We want to try and bring academic expertise and teachers closer together, and offer teachers opportunities for networking and this first workshop has been a great success.”

For further information on Links into Languages please log onto http://www.linksintolanguages.ac.uk/.


For further press information, please contact Munira Jasat on (0121) 204 4547.

Notes to editor

  1. The course was run by Fiona Cotton – she has twenty years experience in language teaching and learning and now acts as the Solihull Local Authority consultant for languages and has had a consultative role in the new KS2 and KS3 frameworks.
  2. Links into Languages is managed by a consortium led by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS), in partnership with the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT). The programme is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

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