Launched on 1st April 2011, Network for Languages is committed to promoting and supporting excellence in language learning and teaching in all educational settings, sectors and stages. Network for Languages, led by nine universities, one in each region, aims to build on the success of Links into Languages, its predecessor. Links was launched as a government funded project to support teachers by offering high quality CPD across England, but the programme came to the end of its period of funding in March 2011. Network for Languages will take forward the considerable achievements of Links.
Network for Languages West Midlands
Network for Languages West Midlands is led by Aston University with Professor Pam Moores OBE as director. Our aim is to establish links with local schools and colleges, universities, educational organisations and businesses. We intend to maintain our strong links with affiliated Local Centres across the West Midlands which were established under the Links into Languages programme and to build on these partnerships. We also invite new schools to get in touch to see how we can strengthen existing networks and clusters across the region.
Our strengths build on excellent research in language learning and teaching at Aston University, led by the research centre CLERA, the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston, as well as the high quality resources and the CPD offer developed through Links over the last two years. All our courses and trainers are quality assured. We support delivery of the existing curricula, examination structures and Key Stage Frameworks, and are particularly interested in innovative practice and action research.
Aims and Objectives
Network for Languages will:
Maintain and develop relevant and innovative continuous professional development programmes for language teachers
Support language teachers and other language professionals within the changing policy landscape
Disseminate good practice and research around language learning and teaching
Explore opportunities for collaboration
Inform and influence policy in order to put the benefits of language learning at the forefront of the national agenda