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Free Online Primary FL Teacher Education

Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Schools: Putting Research into Practice

Starts from 5th October

Course location:

  • MOOC on Futurelearn

Course facilitators:

  • Alison Porter, University of Southampton
  • Florence Myles, University of Essex
  • Suzanne Graham, University of Reading

Target group:

  • This course is primarily designed for primary school teachers who teach children foreign languages. However, it will also provide useful content for language teacher educators, as well as school subject leads and leadership teams.
  • The course will also be of interest to parents, private language school practitioners and those who run after-school language clubs, including private tutors.

Course objectives – By the end of the course Participants will be able to:

  • Synthesise and discuss empirical evidence regarding young language learner motivation, progression and literacy learning
  • Evaluate language learning resources and practice against language learning theory and evidence
  • Explain the importance of classroom and teacher factors in young learners’ progression and outcomes
  • Experiment with existing practice or novel resources and record reflections on their effectiveness in terms of linguistic outcomes, cognitive and emotional engagement

Online register form: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teaching-languages-in-primary-schools-putting-research-into-practice

For further information please click here 

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CLIL International Conference – Linz-Austria-2020

CLILing the European classrooms – How can practitioners and researchers learn from each other to maximise learning in multilingual classrooms?

Since the launching of CLIL in the early 90s its central tenet of teaching a school subject through a target language in an integrative approach has been enthusiastically embraced by teachers throughout Europe. In officially German-speaking countries the approach of “sprachsensibler Unterricht”, which is inspired by the concepts of language awareness and languages across the curriculum as teaching approaches for all subjects is gaining more and more interest.

However, this diversity of contexts and communities in subject-related language teaching, and a treacherous perception of “just do it”, seems to let theoreticians and practitioners drift apart. CLIL practitioners appear to mainly draw on their experiential classroom knowledge and theoreticians seem to mostly focus on broader conceptual issues.

This conference, therefore, aims at providing a space for CLIL researchers and practitioners of all languages and contexts to share their studies and opinions on what works, why and how, in the CLIL classroom. Based on the premise that practice serves as the supreme judge of theory, practitioners and theoreticians are invited to present and discuss their experiences, beliefs, findings and theories of CLIL and language sensitive teaching in the context of migration-related multilingualism to advance their teaching and teacher education.

Being mindful of increased research and classroom activities on translingual knowledge transfer, this conference also invites contributions of multilingual and multimodal teaching practices and research.

The official conference languages are German and English.

Date:
27th to 29th February 2020

Venue:
Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich
Kaplanhofstraße 40
4020 Linz, Austria

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Phil Ball
  • Monika Angela Budde
  • Christiane Dalton-Puffer
  • Keith Kelly
  • Oliver Meyer
  • Magdalena Michalak
  • Ursula Neumann
  • Ute Smit

Confirmed Workshops Leaders

  • Brigitte Gottinger
  • Marie-Theres Gruber
  • Petra Pargfrieder
  • Andrea Partsch
  • Isabel Perez-Torres
  • Verena Plutzar
  • Rosie Tanner
  • Bilge Yörenç

Deadline: 10 January 2020

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2019 2nd International Conference: Cross-curricular Language Learning

21-22 June 2019

Sheffield Institute of Education, Association for Language Learning

Our biannual conference welcomes researchers, teachers and trainee teachers and teacher educators interested in using cross curricular language learning techniques to increase motivation, confidence and attainment.

The 2019 conference seeks to move the development of cross curricular learning in Anglophone countries forward by bringing together expert researchers and practitioners to share and discuss good practice, practical ideas for the classroom and effective ways of working, in order to increase the motivation, confidence and progress of our learners. In response to the growing linguistic diversification and plurilingualism of an expanding Europe and in an increasingly globalised society, most European countries have successfully developed Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) as part of their national curriculum policy. The UK’s progress in developing CLIL has been slower than in many other European countries, and we have much to learn from Europe and from other Anglophone countries. This is a good timing for our conference, as UK practitioners’ interest in developing CLIL in other subjects and in EAL has been increasing, and when used in our schools it has led to high levels of concentration, effort, enjoyment and progress, and as a result has increased learner motivation. We look forward to welcoming you to our conference.

Venue:
Sheffield, UK. Sheffield Institute of Education, Charles Street Building, Sheffield Hallam University (5 minute walk from train station

Early Bird:
£150 with £120 sponsored rates for teachers

Keynote Speakers

• Professor Do Coyle, University of Edinburgh

• Associate Professor Russell Cross, University of Melbourne

• Dr Kim Bower, Sheffield Hallam University

• Dr Yvonne Foley, The University of Edinburgh, EAL and CLIL pedagogy

• Kevin Schuck, The Netherlands, 4D lesson planning

• Main talks/workshops led by practitioners from successful CLIL and immersion projects including Bordesley Green Girls’ School & Sixth Form

• Show and tell from language teachers

• workshops primary and secondary by practitioners

If you would like to submit a paper or to offer a workshop or presentation for the conference further information can be found here (https://drive.google.com/file/d/19OY3S7QFwrGXMqLumcEImyO6DBpPBr0S/view), along with a submission form deadline 31 January

Events

The Birmingham CLIL hub for Learning through Languages UK.

Welcome to the MFL Hub 2018!

Primary and Secondary Teachers

Commonwealth Games Project :putting Birmingham and many different languages on the world map

Why not bring a subject specialist with you as we have an exciting project to link MFL practitioners  with subject practitioners. The need to speak a language is not essential as subject expertise is also important .

We hope that term has started well for you. We would like to invite you to our first meeting of the year, to be held at Bordesley Green Girls’ School, on  Thursday 18th October from 4.00-5.00.

We will be looking at opportunities to be involved in an exciting CLIL resource development project for the Commonwealth Games, as well as developments relating to CLIL in the Apprenticeship world. If you would like to add any ideas to the agenda or bring resources to share, please let me know.

All are welcome – MFL and other subject teachers, curriculum leaders, academics,   teacher trainees, students. We look forward to seeing you. Refreshments will be provided!

Updates on the new Learning Through Languages UK centre and the collaboration between BCC/ Aston University and BGGS.

Latest News

Manchester Metropolitan University: Sarah Lister writes:

We have had a successful Erasmus+ KA2 bid accepted which has a CLIL focus. Work begins with our European partners later this academic term.  We are also looking to trial a MOOC developed by colleagues in Italy focusing on supporting/developing CLIL teachers. The training modules are free and any teachers completing the modules will receive a certificate.  We’re also exploring possible opportunities to develop an Anglo-Italian training programme but discussions are very much in the early stages.   

Events

Aston University

Ana Llinares (last week of January TBC) and Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe (end of April TBC) will be visiting Aston University in the spring and delivering research talks, public talks and CPD as part of the University’s Distinguished visitor scheme. Details to follow