New course supports primary language learning

Links into Languages
Links into Languages

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Language Networks of Excellence (LNE) is hosting a Links into Languages course Integrating languages across the curriculum in their newly appointed local centre at the University of Wolverhampton’s Science park on Thursday, 11th February. The course will bring together primary teachers to explore ways they can use their strong primary methodologies in language teaching.

Links into Languages is a DCSF funded project and offers support to all primary schools that are looking at ways to implement languages in primary education. From 2011, each pupil in England will have the statutory right to learn a language and start their language journey at an earlier age. This will hopefully have a positive impact in later years, where the interest in languages will reflect the numbers of pupils choosing it at GCSE. However, currently most primary school teachers are new to teaching languages and Links into Languages and LNE offers a comprehensive programme of continuous professional development to support teachers as they develop their language teaching skills.

Satu Raitala, who is the Regional Manager for Links into Languages, said: ‘One of the main barriers to introducing languages in primary schools is finding curriculum time. Building an integrated approach to languages teaching with other curriculum areas solves this problem and allows teachers and pupils to explore learning in an innovative, creative and challenging way. It also gives pupils real purpose for their learning.

‘The course is delivered by Pippa Jacobs, a primary school teacher, language specialist and Links trainer from Oxfordshire. She is also an associated tutor at Oxford Brookes University. Pippa has many years of experience in tying in languages with other curriculum areas to bring make the learning experience more relevant to the pupils. Participants on the course will have the chance to evaluate the methods that best suit their school and discuss different ways of teaching with colleagues. The course explores why the primary teacher is in a better position to deliver languages than a specialist teacher, and we hope that it will enpower those teachers who feel that their own language skills are not yet up-to-speed.’

Links into Languages offers regional support to the languages community through nine regional centres. The West Midlands hub is situated in Birmingham at Aston University. The aim is to reach all the teachers in the region, and therefore Links has nominated Languages Networks for Excellence as one of its local centres to deliver training on its behalf. All trainers are nationally accredited and the courses support the National Languages Strategies.

Further information about the course is available at www.linksintolanguages.ac.uk/events/692


For further press inquiries please contact Sally Finn on 0121 204 4552 or email s.l.finn1@aston.ac.uk.

Notes to editors:

· Every pupil in England currently has an entitlement to language learning, and the subject will become statutory in primary education in 2011. Schools will have a transfer period but by 2014 all schools will need to have implemented languages throughout Y3-Y6.

· Links into languages is a government funded project, working in conjunction with the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the SSAT (Specialist schools and academies trust). It is run by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies from the University of Southampton. Its remit is to deliver good quality and coherent training for language teachers and professionals in nine regions throughout England.

· Language Networks for Excellence sits within Education Partnership at the University of Wolverhampton, operating on a local, national and international level to support language teachers and language learners of all ages. LNE offers a wide range of training, events, resources, advice, research and dissemination support and consultancy, which all aim to meet the needs of educational practitioners and learners.


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