May 2017
MFL Training

‘Developing Effective Pedagogy in Languages’ 

Twelve teachers from across eight different secondary schools (Hayfield, McAuley, Ridgewood, Campsmount, Outwood, Hallcross, Sir Thomas Wharton and Hungerhill) came together on the 27th April for session one on ‘Developing Effective Pedagogy in Languages’ led by Martine Pillette. Colleagues were given time to digest recent research from Bristol University, whilst considering the implications in relation to the new GCSE specification and the KS3 curriculum. Discussions then centred around a three stage approach to planning effective language lessons, to include the creation of a ‘Non Negotiable Pedagogy List’ of strategies which would feature in all lessons across departments.

Key questions for the day focused on:

 - What does a competent linguist look like at the end of Year 7? (Learning not just doing)

- What are the features of progression in languages for Year 7?

- What are the challenges and potential solutions for teaching languages in Year 7?

- How do we use grammar for communication?

- How do we motivate students and help them become more independent learners in languages?

- What is the difference between training and testing in languages?