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Amy-Jo Fairbairn, Travel & Tourism student

My name is Amy-Jo Fairbairn. I'm a second year HND Travel & Tourism student at City of Glasgow College.Which languages do you speak?I did French a...

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Gail Leslie, Business Studies student

My name is Gail Leslie and I initially completed HND Travel & Tourism at  the City of Glasgow College.I am now about to start a degree in Bus...

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Selected Events from August 2016

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Summary reminder of upcoming seminars and conferences.

Downloadable articles from other academic journals

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Free-to-download articles from other language journals.

Selected abstracts and weblinks to language related publications

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Abstracts from and weblinks to some of the most recent publications relating to language learning.

Mother Tongue Other Tongue multilingual project for schools: Add your voice to the Poet-Tree

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Bilingualism, languages, culture, multilingualism, identity

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The Use of iTunes U with Advanced Higher French Learners: Impact on the Development of Independent Learning Skills

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Skills, Independent learning, Metacognition, Training, Reflective Logs, iTunes U

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My thoughts on language learning and teaching: Interdisciplinary Project Report for the Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages

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motivation, fluency, language learning techniques, language teaching methodology

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Cultural capital, habitus and capabilities in modern language learning

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language learning, inclusion, Nussbaum, Bourdieu, ethnography

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Modern languages and inclusion in the context of Scotland's 1+2 language policy

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ASN, modern languages, entitlement, inclusion, Scotland, Corseford School

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Modern Language Assistants (MLA) projects 2015-16

Every year British Council Modern Language Assistants (MLAs) make languages really come alive for young people in Scotland's schools. Their innovative...

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Euan Kerr, Aero-Mechanical Engineering Student

My name is Euan and I’m an aero-mechanical engineering student about to enter my honours year at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. What langua...

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L3 audit tools for use in primary and secondary contexts

These tools are aimed at primary and secondary practitioners and will help practitioners to gauge whether their proposals fulfil the criteria to provi...

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1+2 languages: progress from first to second level

This is a suite of advice, frameworks and resources to support primary teachers to plan for depth and progression in modern language learning experien...

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LANGS Agenda - June 2016

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The agenda from the LANGS meeting held at the University of Dundee on 10 June 2016.

Rosemary Graham, Tour Guide

I am a tour guide who guides mainly German speaking tourists in Scotland and Ireland. A member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, I have been...

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LANGS Minutes - June 2016

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Minutes of the LANGS meeting held at the University of Dundee on 10 June 2016.

LANGS Chair update - June 2016

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Update from Ann Robertson, Chair of LANGS, shared at the meeting held at the University of Dundee on 10 June 2016.

LANGS Scottish Government update - June 2016

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Update given by the Scottish Government at the LANGS meeting held at the University of Dundee on 10 June 2016.

LANGS Education Scotland update - June 2016

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An update presented by Education Scotland at the LANGS meeting held at the University of Dundee on 10 June 2016.

LANGS SCILT/CISS update - June 2016

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Update provided by SCILT/CISS at the LANGS meeting held at the University of Dundee on 10 June 2016.

LANGS ADES 1+2 report presentation

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Presentation of progress on the ADES 1+2 report shared at the LANGS meeting held at the University of Dundee on 10 June 2016.You can read the full ADE...

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LANGS 1+2 evaluation

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Evaluation of 1+2 progress shared by Fiona Pate and Louise Glen at the LANGS meeting held on 10 June 2016 at the University of Dundee.

Falkirk Council

This session has seen Falkirk Council extend its CLPL training programme at both cluster and authority level, offering a variety of CLPL opportunities...

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North Ayrshire Council

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North Ayrshire 1+2 development officers send regular email newsletters to colleagues to support them in the implementation of the 1+2 Approach. The la...

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Dundee City Council

In Dundee City, we are in the process of revising our local training events to cater for our teachers’ needs and to give them the best tools possible ...

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Argyll and Bute Primary Language Learning resource packs

Argyll and Bute Council has recently developed Primary Language Learning classroom resource packs. These packs have been designed to promote active le...

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Argyll and Bute 1+2 engagement day

On 1 March 2016, language leaders, lead teachers and class teachers gathered in Inverary for a day of engagement with the 1+2 Approach. The event was ...

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Aberdeen City Council

During the spring term, a group of primary school teachers have been attending language classes to train in L2 French and Chinese. The classes are del...

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Scotland’s universities and the 1+2 Approach: Update

Much has happened since University Council for Modern Languages Scotland (UCMLS) and SCILT held their joint national conference in May 2015. We establ...

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Updates from LFEE Europe

We are getting near the end of another busy and exciting year! In June, we still have a bit of team teaching to do in primary schools around the count...

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Hands-on help to deliver the 1+2 Approach

For Scottish schools looking to effectively deliver the 1+2 Approach, hosting a language assistant provides an ideal solution and shows a real commitm...

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Goethe-Institut: Successful Martina Schwarz tour June 2016

The German singer/songwriter Martina Schwarz, whose work many German teachers know from her “Learn German with songs” books, toured Scottish primary s...

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Education Scotland update

The value of languages Representatives of the four UK governments met in Cambridge in October 2015 to share school-based language policy information....

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Goethe-Institut: Positive feedback about the “Deutsch mit Felix und Franzi” teaching materials

On 19 March 2016, 20 primary teachers, secondary teachers and development officers, involved in training primary teachers to deliver German as L2 or L...

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Consider Russian as L3

Russian could be an excellent L3 (or an additional L3). It’s a European language, so builds on European languages your pupils already know, but intere...

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Language Linking, Global Thinking

Language Linking, Global Thinking (LLGT) is a project that links a student on their year abroad to a class in a school in Scotland. The project has th...

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Inclusion short-life working group to address Recommendation 9

Recommendation 9 of Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach states that “language learning be recognised as an entitlement for all young people ...

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Building a sustainable framework for British Sign Language teaching in Scotland’s schools - seminar series

Recently, the third and final event in this series of seminars took place in Victoria Quay in Edinburgh. The events brought together a variety of stak...

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Accreditation is GO!

Train the Trainer (TTT) is an extended professional learning programme run by SCILT and Education Scotland which was accredited with “Professional rec...

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Andrew Parrott, Councillor and former Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army

I served for 37 years in the Army and retired in 2012 as a Lieutenant Colonel. For four years, from 2005 to 2009, I was the staff officer responsible ...

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COALA Agenda - January 2016

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Agenda for the COALA meeting held at the University of Strathclyde on 29 January 2016.

COALA Minutes - January 2016

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Minutes of the COALA meeting held at the University of Strathclyde on 29 January 2016.

UCMLS / SCILT update

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Update given by UCMLS and SCILT about the Cross‐Sector Regional Meetings at the COALA meeting held at the University of Strathclyde on 29 January 2016...

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Scottish Government update

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Update given by the Scottish Government at the COALA meeting held at the University of Strathclyde on 29 January 2016.

Inter-authority partnership working update

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Update given on the inter-authority partnership working on 1+2 the world and you at the COALA meeting held at the University of Strathclyde on 29 Janu...

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Ross Noble, Conference Interpreter

My name is Ross Noble and my current role is as a Conference Interpreter working for the European Commission.  The qualifications I hold are a MA...

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Gone International 2016: The value of mobility

Key messagesImproved outcomes for mobile students compared to their non-mobile peers:Unemployment rates among mobile students were lower across almost...

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Amanda Attfield, Exploration Geologist

My name is Amanda, I graduated last year with a degree in BSc Geology and have since been travelling between Finland and Scotland as part of my job as...

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North Ayrshire Council

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North Ayrshire 1+2 development officers send regular email newsletters to colleagues to support them in the implementation of the 1+2 approach. The la...

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Glasgow City Council

After a big push on primary language learning over the session, we've just finished training two full cohorts of primary French and primary Spanish te...

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East Renfrewshire Council

As we march towards spring, here’s what’s been going on in East Renfrewshire (while we dodged the rain!) L2 in all 22 East Renfrewshire primary schoo...

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East Dunbartonshire Council

Training and implementation of policy East Dunbartonshire Council’s implementation model has evolved through the delivery of an extensive training pr...

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East Ayrshire Council

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East Ayrshire languages development officers send regular email newsletters to teaching colleagues to support them in the implementation of the 1+2 ap...

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City of Edinburgh

In Edinburgh there continues to be lots of exciting progress with the 1+2 approach to language learning. We have been able to offer a variety of langu...

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Aberdeenshire: Emerging practice at Daviot Primary

Class teacher, Lynda Suthe is a beginner learner of Chinese and recounts her experiences introducing the language to P5. Where we began All stages b...

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Aberdeenshire: Developing one plus two languages

We have seen momentum gaining in the strategic planning for and implementation of ‘Language learning in Scotland: A 1+2 approach’ in Aberdeenshire ove...

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Updates from LFEE Europe

Our team of teachers has been busy travelling around the country to support schools with the learning and teaching of various languages as L2 or L3 in...

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University of West of Scotland supports 1+2

The languages team of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has established a successful collaboration with Renfrewshire Council for the delive...

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Update from Scottish Government to EEAC

Scottish Government provided an update to the European and External Affairs Committee (EEAC) at their meeting on 25 February 2016. The update will be ...

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Institut français d’Ecosse supports 1+2

New training catalogue Institut français d’Ecosse offers a full range of workshops for teachers: ‘Autour d’un livre’, introducing French children’s b...

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Hands-on help to deliver the 1+2 approach to language learning

For Scottish schools looking to effectively deliver the 1+2 approach, hosting a language assistant provides an ideal solution and shows a real commitm...

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Goethe-Institut supports 1+2

‘Deutsch mit Karla und Kai’: new teaching materials for the third and fourth year of primary German on the way The teaching materials for German in pr...

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Education Scotland update

Progression in primary language learning Education Scotland’s modern languages team has created a working group consisting of primary and secondary p...

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Research supporting the implementation of the 1+2 approach

Recent articles related to the implementation of the 1+2 approach to language learning, written by practitioners and development officers, feature in ...

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1+2 Train the Trainer summer school

SAVE THE DATE! Train the Trainer summer school will be taking place from Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July 2016 at the University of Strathclyde city ce...

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Adam Williams, Spacecraft Operations Engineer, European Space Agency

My name is Adam Williams. I am a Spacecraft Operations Engineer working for the European Space Agency on the ExoMars mission, whose goal is to send a ...

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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey: Attitudes towards language learning in schools in Scotland

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Susan Brown, Blue Badge Scottish Tourist Guide

My name is Susan Brown and I am a self-employed Blue Badge qualified Scottish Tourist Guide. I run tours of Scotland in French and English, split fair...

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1 + 2 approach to language learning 'PanTayside'

At the halfway mark of the implementation period, this video showcases the 'PanTayside' approach to implementing the 1+2 Approach to language learning...

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Andrew Muir, Animator

My name is Andrew and I work in London as a Character Animator on a children's TV series. I grew up in the Scottish Borders and studied for 4 years in...

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Selected events from January 2016

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Summary reminder of upcoming seminars and conferences.

Downloadable articles from other academic journals

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Free-to-download articles from other language journals.

Selected abstracts and weblinks to language related publications

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Abstracts from and weblinks to some of the most recent publications relating to language learning.

Self- and Peer-Assessment

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self-assessment; peer-assessment, co-operative learning, language skills, learning intentions, success criteria

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French at Early Level: A Pilot Study

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French, early language learning, pedagogy

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Reflections on the Modern Languages Excellence Report of 2011: Increasing Classroom Language as a First Step towards Communicative Competence

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modern language learning, target language, classroom language, motivation

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Community Outreach in an International School: The Chaoyang English Project

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community outreach, international schools, co-teaching, team-teaching, professional development, observation and feedback

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Learner Uptake and Attainment in Scotland: A Response Focusing on Gaelic and Urdu

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Scotland, heritage languages, community languages, lesser-used languages, language statistics

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Student perspectives on going international

Key messages:Developing independence and intercultural understanding, and an increased likelihood of working abroad long term were the most commonly r...

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COALA Minutes - November 2015

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Minutes from the meeting of COALA held on 6 November 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

‘Choose a Classic!’ Latin or Classical Greek as an L3 opportunity

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The Iris Project is currently providing volunteers to teach Latin as an L3 in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife. These volunteers are undergraduate or postg...

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North Ayrshire

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North Ayrshire 1+2 development officers send regular email newsletters to primary colleagues to support them in the implementation of the 1+2 approach...

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Pan Tayside

The Pan Tayside approach involves three authorities: Dundee City Council, Angus Council and Perth and Kinross Council, working together to implement l...

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Edinburgh City Council Higher Spanish for teachers

In an innovative take on CLPL, a group of City of Edinburgh teachers have this year embarked on a Higher Spanish course. The Higher Spanish class is m...

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Edinburgh City Council Volunteer Language Assistants

The City of Edinburgh 1+2 team has been working in partnership with Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) to help support language learning ...

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Edinburgh City Council French immersion weekend

In March, 45 primary school teachers from across Edinburgh took part in City of Edinburgh’s first ever French immersion weekend hosted at the Institut...

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Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Council Education and Children Services Directorate opted for a strategic approach to implementing the 1+2 approach. The choice of L2 wa...

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East Ayrshire (November 2015 meeting)

An overview of East Ayrshire's current work to implement the 1+2 approach. All primary schools in East Ayrshire will be implementing French as L2, ex...

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Glasgow City Council (August 2015 meeting)

It’s been a busy session so far in Glasgow for language learning and teaching. We are currently running Primary Language Learning French, Spanish, Ita...

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SIG business sub group

The big messages of Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 approach are really about the kind of children and young people we are developing in our scho...

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School visits with ‘Felix und Franzi’, the Germany play rug and the German outdoors workshop

The free course materials ‘Deutsch mit Felix und Franzi’ are proving very popular with primary children and their teachers. The cute hand puppets have...

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German language upskilling courses for primary teachers

In October 2015 specialist teachers of German attended a Train the Trainer seminar at the Goethe-Institut in preparation for their tutoring roles in a...

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Updates from LFEE Europe

LFEE Europe is supporting the implementation of 'Language learning in Scotland: A 1+2 approach' in Scottish schools through a range of professional le...

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Education Scotland update

In 2015 Education Scotland produced further guidance on L3; Experiences and Outcomes at first level and senior phase case studies (linking the 1+2 app...

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Research supporting the implementation of the 1+2 approach

Are you aware that in addition to our termly newsletter we also publish peer-reviewed articles in our online journal, the Scottish Languages Review? T...

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SCILT publishes two new leaflets to promote language learning

Two new leaflets from SCILT will be powerful tools for language teachers, Support for Learning colleagues and senior management, and they will equip y...

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SCILT publishes case study on language learning at Corseford School

Recommendation nine in Language learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach states that, 'language learning be recognised as an entitlement for all youn...

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Languages and Employability

To understand the relationship between language knowledge and employment status, data from the Adult Education Survey 2011 for 24 European Member Stat...

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COALA Agenda - November 2015

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Agenda for the COALA meeting held on 6 November 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

Institut français update

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Update from the Institut français d'Écosse shared at the COALA meeting held on 6 November 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

Goethe-Institut update

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Update shared by the Goethe-Institut at the COALA meeting held on 6 November 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

LFEE update

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Update on immersion courses being run by LFEE in France and Spain during 2016-17, shared at the COALA meeting held on 6 November 2015 at the Universit...

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East Ayrshire update

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Update from East Ayrshire authority shared at the COALA meeting held on 6 November 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

UCMLS update

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Update given by UCMLS at the COALA meeting held on 6 November 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

Catherine McNicol, PhD Researcher at the University of Exeter

I come from very un-exotic roots, having been brought up by Scottish parents in the Scottish Borders. I am now a PhD researcher at the University of E...

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Sylvain Diez, Rugby Development Officer

My name is Sylvain Peyo Diez. I’m French born in Bayonne and used to live in Castres in the south of France. I moved to Scotland in 2010. I have been ...

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Dylan Kelly, Marketing Manager, Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

I'm Dylan Kelly and I feel very lucky to market one of the leading resorts on the planet. My role promotes award winning golf, spa, food and drink, al...

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COALA Agenda - August 2015

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Agenda for the COALA meeting held on 14 August 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

COALA Minutes - August 2015

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Minutes of the COALA meeting held on 14 August 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

Sharz Din, Creative Director, Vidal Sassoon

I am Sharz Din, Senior Creative Director of Vidal Sassoon in Glasgow. My role involves training and upholding the Sassoon standards. I also represent ...

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Ken Lindsay, International Brand Ambassador, Chivas Brothers Ltd

My name is Ken Lindsay, and I am the International Brand Ambassador for Chivas Brothers Ltd, the premium scotch whisky and gin company of Pernod Ricar...

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Goethe-Institut update

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Presentation from the Goethe-Institut, shared at the COALA meeting held on 14 August 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

Institut français d'Écosse update

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Presentation from the Institut français d'Écosse, shared at the COALA meeting held on 14 August 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

Education Scotland update

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Presentation on First Level Es and Os, shared by Education Scotland at the COALA meeting held on 14 August 2015 at the University of Strathclyde.

Education and skills survey 2015: Inspiring growth

Key messages on language skills:The proportion of businesses saying they have a need for foreign language skills among their employees has risen sharp...

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Selected events June – December 2015

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Summary reminder of upcoming seminars and conferences.

Downloadable articles from other academic journals

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Free-to-download articles from other language journals.

Selected abstracts and weblinks to language related publications

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Abstracts from and weblinks to some of the most recent publications relating to language learning.

Languages Curriculum in Victoria and Australia

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language learning, language policy, Australia

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The Provision of European Languages in Anglophone Contexts: Aotearoa/New Zealand in Focus

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European languages; language study; language policy and planning; New Zealand education

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(Turning Our) Back to the Future? Cross-sector Perspectives on Language Learning

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modern languages in the primary school, transition, cross-sector links, Curriculum for Excellence, 1+2 language policy

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Modern Languages in Scotland: Learner Uptake and Attainment 1996-2014

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language statistics, language policy, language initiatives, governance, Scotland

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Pupils’ Language Competence in the Primary School: A Literature Review

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Pupil Language Competence, Pupil Language Skills, Primary School, Modern Languages

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Modern Languages Experiences and Outcomes at First Level

These First Level Experiences and Outcomes will allow practitioners delivering languages as part of the Scottish Government 1+2 policy to benchmark le...

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Stuart Broomfield, Hotel Manager, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

My name is Stuart Broomfield and I'm the Hotel Manager at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh. I have been employed in the hospitality industry...

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A 1+2 approach to language learning - Further guidance on L3 within the 1+2 policy

This document provides guidance on the second additional language (L3) to be introduced by P5 by the latest, as a key element of the 1+2 policy. Learn...

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Caroline McManus, teacher of English in Spain and former cabin crew

My name is Caroline McManus.  I currently live in Barcelona teaching English, but have previously worked as airline cabin crew, travelling the wo...

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Sophie Williams, Lecturer in Conservation Science

I'm Sophie Williams, a lecturer in Conservation Science at Bangor University and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden Course Director for Plant ...

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Peter Cawston, GP

My name is Peter Cawston and I'm a medical doctor who works in a housing estate with a lot of social and economic problems. My work as a GP involves w...

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Employ a Language Assistant in Scottish schools

Watch the full story of how a Language Assistant can benefit your school and why Edinburgh City Council feels British Council Language Assistants were...

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COALA Agenda - January 2015

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Agenda for the meeting held at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow on Friday 23 January 2015.

COALA Minutes - January 2015

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Minutes of the COALA meeting held at the University of Strathclyde on 23 January 2015.

Atta Yaqub, Scottish Actor

This resource is for use in the classroom to promote the value and importance of languages to learners who may be about to make course choices. It can...

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Amy Baxter, Product Marketing Manager at Rolls-Royce

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Education Scotland L3 update

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Presentation by Fiona Pate on L3, shared at the COALA meeting on 23 January 2015.

LFEE update

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Update from LFEE, shared at the COALA meeting held on 23 January 2015.

Institut français update

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Update by the Institut français, shared at the COALA meeting held on 23 January 2015.

Consejería de Educación update

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Update from the Consejería de Educación, shared at the COALA meeting held on 23 January 2015.

Goethe-Institut update

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Update from the Goethe-Institut, shared at the COALA meeting held on 23 January 2015.

Competitions for schools

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Information from Gerry Toner, AMOPA, on 'Parlons français', the French speaking competition and 'Mathématiques sans Frontières', s...

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SQA update

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Update from the SQA, shared at the COALA meeting held on 23 January 2015.

Education Scotland Senior Phase update

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Update on effective practice in the Senior Phase from Education Scotland, shared at the COALA meeting held on 23 January 2015.

Verena Gräfin von Roedern, Head of the German Consulate General in Edinburgh

Where did you grow up and what languages did you come across at school? I grew up in a small town called Erbach, about an hour south of Frankfurt am M...

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Alan Miller - Reverend

Which languages did you come across in school? Was that your first taste of other languages? At High School in Edinburgh I studied French, Latin and, ...

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Downloadable Articles from Other Academic Journals

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Free-to-download articles from other language journals.

Selected abstracts and weblinks to language related publications

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Abstracts from and weblinks to some of the most recent publications relating to language learning.

Selected Events January – December 2015

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Summary reminder of upcoming seminars and conferences.

SLR Issue 28 - complete issue

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Download the complete Issue 28 of the Scottish Languages Review.
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L’Enseignement du Français aux Enfants Ecossais – A Research Study by Year 3 Students of French

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French; modern language teaching; cross-sector perspectives; higher education; secondary education; project-based learning

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Scottish Trainee Teachers in a French Primary School: Getting Ready for 1+2

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1+ 2 language policy; language learning through immersion; language teaching pedagogy; cultural awareness; primary school

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Heloise Allan, Head of Education, Project Trust

My name is Heloise Allan and I'm Head of Education on the Isle of Coll in the Hebrides.How did you become involved with Project Trust? I first became ...

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Bilingualism in children with and without additional support needs – a parent’s view

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bilingualism; cultural learning; inclusion

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1+2 in Practice

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1+2 language policy; early language acquisition; cultural learning; modern language teaching

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Language Training for Child Development Officers: A Case Study

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early years, language learning, language policy, staff development, Scotland

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Introducing British Sign Language in a Scottish Secondary School

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British Sign Language, community language, inclusion, language learning, language policy, Scotland

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Chris Cusack, Venue Manager, BLOC

Can you give a brief outline of who you are and the job that you do? I am Chris Cusack. I have a number of roles around my current job as Venue Manage...

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Martin Peterson, Credit Team Manager for Shell

Who are you and what do you do?I'm Martin Peterson and I'm a Credit Team Manager for Shell.  I grew up in Denmark and Greenland, but moved to Sco...

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Website of the month (secondary) - October 2014

FluentUOn the FluentU website learners and teachers can sign up for a free account. It gives them access to a range of video clips, organised by level...

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Website of the month (primary) - October 2014

World Stories'World Stories' is our nomination for October's primary website of the month.  'World Stories' is a growing collection of stories fr...

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The Erasmus Impact Study: Effects of mobility on the skills and employability of students and the internationalisation of higher education institutions

Key messages:More than 90% of the students reported an improvement in their soft skills, such as knowledge of other countries, their ability to intera...

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Residence Abroad: A modular approach to support students and document their progress

Key messages:This study demonstrates how students form graduate attributes whilst abroad:Academic – Critical self-evaluation and goal setting.Intercul...

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Valuing the year abroad

Key messages:The international experience of a year abroad has been shown to contribute both to students’ individual experience and employability with...

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Assessing the Work Placement Abroad

Key messages:Students not only strengthen their speaking and listening skills whilst working abroad, but also gain enriched knowledge and understandin...

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Youth on the Move

Key messages:The three most important benefits students say they derived from mobility:Foreign language skillsImproved awareness of another cultureGre...

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COALA Agenda

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Agenda items for the COALA meeting held at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow on Friday 24 October 2014.

COALA Minutes

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Minutes from the meeting held at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow on 24 October 2014.

British Council update

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Update on the British Council's programme for schools presented at the COALA meeting held on 24 October 2014 at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow.

Consejería de Educación update

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Presentation from the Consejería de Educación on their Action Plan for Scotland 2014 – 2015, shared at the COALA meeting held at the Goethe-Institut G...

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Goethe-Institut update

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Presentation on new opportunities offered by the Goethe-Institut, shared at the COALA meeting on 24 October 2014.

Institut Français update

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Update on the programmes provided by the Institut Français to support Fremch language teaching and learning, shared at the COALA meeting held at the G...

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LFEE update

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Scottish Government update

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Update from the Scottish Government on the Curriculum budget for next year; the work going on around the Language Assistants’ Programme; GLOW&nbs...

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Susan Young, Freelance Outdoor Pursuits Instructor

My name is Susan Young, and this is my office! I am incredibly fortunate that I have managed to make my passion in life into my job. I am based in Sti...

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Paul Belmonte, BSL / English Interpreter

What is your name and for whom do you work? My name is Paul Belmonte and I work as a BSL/English interpreter for Deaf Action in Edinburgh. Why do you ...

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Website of the month (secondary) - September 2014

'Lyrics Training' The site we are recommending this month for secondary learners, Lyrics Training, contains interactive music videos in Spanish, Portu...

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Website of the month (primary) - September 2014

'Language of the Month' Our recommendation for primary website of the month is this site from Newbury Park Primary School. Here you can access free in...

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Philip Hoggan, Chair of Theoretical Chemistry, Professor of Chemistry and Surface Physics at the Institut Pascal, Clermont University, France

Where has your journey in languages taken you?Having grown up in Aberystwyth with Scottish and French parents, I left Penglais school for Trinity Coll...

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Focus on foreign languages (Analytical highlight)

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Key messages:Globalisation is likely to increase the demand for foreign language skills in European labour markets in the short- to medium-term.Englis...

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Website of the month (secondary) - June 2014

Speechy Project Speechy Project brands itself as ‘A pedagogical approach to technology in language teaching’ . The site hosts a growing collectio...

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Website of the month (primary) - June 2014

French GamesOur recommendation for June's primary website of the month is French Games. It is a free website for kids and young adults learn...

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Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+2 Approach - Working within the recommendations

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1+2 clarification and recommendations for schools and EAs. July 2014 update.

Languages: a 1+2 Approach - Building your strategy

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The report Language learning in Scotland: a 1+2 Approach tasks local authorities and schools with ensuring that all children learn two languages in a...

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Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+2 Approach - Further guidance on continuity of learning from P7 into S1

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This paper provides an amendment to Recommendation 8 of the 1+2 report on continuity of L2 and L3 from P5-P7 into S1.

Education and skills survey 2014: Gateway to growth

Key messages on language skills:Only around one third of businesses have no need at all for foreign language skills in their employees – and this is l...

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Scotland's Future Workforce - “Keeping Pace in the Global Skills Race?”

Key messages on language skills:Language skills were cited by young people as one of the top barriers to working and studying abroad.28% of employers ...

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1 + 2 Approach to language delivery from P1 to P7

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This document provides further guidance for practitioners who are planning learning and teaching from P1 to P7. It includes suggested approaches to le...

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COALA Agenda

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Agenda from the COALA meeting held at the British Council, Edinburgh on 5 June 2014.
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COALA Minutes

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Minutes from the COALA meeting held at the British Council, Edinburgh on 5 June 2014.
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Scotland's Universities and the 1+2 Languages Strategy

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Presentation given by Mary Fischer from UCMLS on the position of Scotland's universities in respect of the 1+2 languages strategy at the COALA meeting...

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Consejería de Educación update

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Presentation from the Consejería de Educación on Supporting 1+2 Languages in Scottish Primary Schools, shared at the COALA meeting held at the British...

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Goethe-Institut update

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Presentation from the Goethe-Institut on German for the Primary: Rolling out the 1+2 Language Model, shared at the COALA meeting held at the Brit...

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Institut français update

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Update from the Institut français presented at the COALA meeting held at the British Council, Edinburgh on 5 June 2014.
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LFEE update

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Update from Le Français en Ecosse, shared at the COALA meeting held at the British Council, Edinburgh on 5 June 2014.
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FLA update

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Presentation by the British Council on the Foreign Language Assistant programme and projects carried out during 2013-14, shared at the COALA meeting a...

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Renfrewshire Council: Response to 1+2

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Presentation from Renfrewshire Council on how the Authority is addressing the 1+2 languages strategy, shared at the COALA meeting held at the British ...

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SEET presentation

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Presentation from the Scottish European Educational Trust on the work being done to encourage language learning and promote education about Europe to ...

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Website of the month (primary) - May 2014

Light Bulb LanguagesOur recommendation for May’s primary website of the month is Light Bulb Languages. The website, formerly known as MFLSunderland, h...

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Website of the month (secondary) - May 2014

Linguacast A joint initiative by Routes North East and Newcastle University, the site contains a section on revision materials for those coming up to ...

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Why raise children multilingual

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Multilingual Families has selected nine reasons why it is a good idea to support your children with more than one language:Creativity - Multilingualis...

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Talk the Talk: Guide to Maximising Your Prospects Using Languages

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A guide to maximising your prospects using languages.Talk the Talk brings the excitement of languages to life and demonstrates how perseverance with t...

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Step ahead with languages

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This is an exciting resource that will point you in the right direction towards a successful career. Each of the careers below looks at how your langu...

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Arnaud Desbiez, Conservation and Research Officer, Latin America

My name is Arnaud Desbiez and I am a conservation biologist. I work for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland as their regional conservation a...

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Website of the month (primary) - March 2014

Primary Language Learning Today This month’s recommendation for primary is ‘Primary Language Learning Today’. Janet Lloyd is a consultant and tra...

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Website of the month (secondary) - March 2014

Lingro A cool dictionary, which allows you to view any webpage in its original language, but click on any word you don't know and it will give yo...

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FLA Case Study: City of Edinburgh invest in Language Assistants to support innovative Scottish Government legislation

Schools in Edinburgh are implementing the Scottish government’s new education policy with the support of Language Assistants in the classroom. With th...

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Melville Petrie, Director of PAI Ltd

What languages did you study at school or university, if any?I studied French up to Higher level and used to groan about it, but I haven’t forgotten h...

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Website of the month (secondary) - February 2014

The Film Space recognises the key role that teachers play in introducing children and young people to a wide variety of moving images both as an art f...

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Website of the month (primary) - February 2014

BBC Knowledge and Learning - Modern Languages An extensive archive of short clips related to culture and language – available to support primary ...

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Getting started with Chinese in the Primary School

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This is a PowerPoint which can be used to introduce Chinese to pupils, parents or colleagues. It provides a snapshot of what Chinese looks like from P...

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Jasmine Flower song

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This PowerPoint by a P7 class presents the well-known song, ‘Molihua’. The simple twigs with jasmine flowers might be suitable for Early Years. This a...

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Introduction to Chinese - PowerPoint 3

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This PowerPoint includes words such as sometimes, never, often, black, white, blue, yellow, red, orange, brown, purple, silver and red. This is to all...

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Introduction to Chinese - PowerPoint2

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Below is a PowerPoint which explores some simple characters such as mountain, water, river, continent, door, morning, afternoon, evening, red, green, ...

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Introduction to Chinese - PowerPoint1

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Please find below a PowerPoint to support the learning and teaching of some characters in Chinese. These are flashcards to complement the characters i...

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Joshua Abbott, Strategy Consultant Intern

My name is Joshua Abbott and I am currently an intern at a strategy consulting firm in Brisbane, Australia whilst concurrently finishing my studies at...

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Prospering Wisely: How the humanities and social sciences enrich our lives

Prospering Wisely aims to kick-start a national conversation about the place of humanities and social science research in our society. It argues ...

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SLR Issue 27 - complete issue

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Download the complete Issue 27 of the Scottish Languages Review.
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Downloadable Articles from Academic Journals

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Free-to-download articles from other language journals.

Selected Events January – December 2014

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Summary reminder of upcoming seminars and conferences.

Selected abstracts and weblinks to language related publications

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Abstracts from and weblinks to some of the most recent publications relating to language learning.

Social capital and modern language initiatives in times of policy uncertainty

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modern languages, cross-sector collaboration, higher education, secondary education, social capital, England, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Residence Abroad: A modular approach to support students and document their progress

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Internationalisation, Study Abroad, Year Abroad, Residence Abroad, Graduate Attributes, Student Support

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Implementing action research in the modern language classroom

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action research, teachers as researchers, classroom practice, reflection on teaching and learning

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Teaching and Learning Mandarin Tones in an English Secondary School

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Mandarin Chinese, tones, procedural knowledge, declarative knowledge

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Artistic expression in modern languages: skills improvement and self-actualisation

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Foreign Language Assistants; artistic expression, cross-curricular activities, collaborative learning; self-actualisation

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Website of the Month - November 2013

Digital DialectsFrom Afrikaans to Zazaki and almost every language in between we nominate Digital Dialects as our ‘Website of the Month’ for November....

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Education and skills survey 2013: Changing the pace

Key messages on language skills:Effective communication with potential suppliers, customers and those regulating markets is an essential part of achie...

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COALA Agenda

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Agenda of the COALA meeting held at the Institut français in Edinburgh on 24 January 2014.

COALA Minutes

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Minutes from the meeting of COALA held on 24 January 2014 at the Institut français d'Ecosse in Edinburgh.

Institut français d'Écosse presentation

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Update on activities and resources offered by the Institut français d'Écosse in support of language teaching in Scotland's schools, shared at the COAL...

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LFEE Immersion Courses - France and Spain 2014-15

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Information on the LFEE immersion courses available in France and Spain for 2014-15, presented at COALA on 24 January 2014.

Goethe-Institut presentation

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Presentation of the German resources available to support the new exam specifications, shared at COALA on 24 January 2014.

British Council presentation - Erasmus+

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Presentation on the new Erasmus+ programme, shared by British Council at the COALA meeting on 24 January 2014.

Euan Johnston, Marketing Manager at Bellcom Worldwide

Bellcom Worldwide is an award-winning multilingual outsourcing provider for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Samsung, Dell, Xerox, Virgin...

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Ian Fyfe, Human Resources Director

My name is Ian Fyfe. I work as Human Resources Director for INEOS Group – INEOS is the world’s third largest chemical manufacturing company and my job...

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A 1+2 approach to language learning: Guidance from P1

This online guidance features a zip file at the bottom of the landing page which includes a document outlining first steps to embedding additional lan...

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COALA Agenda

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Agenda for the meeting of COALA held on 1 November 2013 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

COALA Minutes

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Minutes of the meeting held on 1 November 2013 at the University of Strathclyde.

Education Scotland Presentation

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Slide presentation from Education Scotland, shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

1+2 Pilot Project in East Dunbartonshire

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Slide presentation on the 1+2 Pilot Project in East Dunbartonshire, shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

LFEE Summer Immersion Courses for 2014

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Information on summer 2014 immersion courses in France and Spain, shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

LFEE ICT Training for MFL Teachers

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Information from Le français en Ecosse on their ICT training for MFL teachers, shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

Consejería de Educación Action Plan for Scotland 2013-14

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The updated action plan for 2013-14 from the Spanish Consejería de Educación, shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

Consejería de Educación Action Plan 2013-14 Presentation

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Slide presentation of the Consejería de Educación Action Plan 2013-14, shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

Stationenspiel - German Language Adventure

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Presentation from Goethe-Institut on Stationenspiel, shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

Scotland-Russia Forum Presentation

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Slide presentation from the SRF shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

Institut français d'Ecosse Support for 1+2

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Presentation from the Institut français outlining their support for the 1+2 model, shared at COALA on 1 November 2013.

AMOPA French Speaking Competition

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Information about the AMOPA Speaking competition open to all students of AH French, shared by the Alliance Française at the COALA meeting on 1 No...

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Website of the month - October

Sparklebox (primary)This site has a collection of free primary teaching resources and printables in a variety of languages, including French, Ger...

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Sean Sproull, International Relations Student

I'm Sean Sproull. I spent my gap year teaching in the south of Vietnam, an experience that had a big effect on me. It ignited an interest in East Asia...

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Website of the month - September

Languages OnlineThe site has all sorts of freely accessible interactive activities for secondary learners of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Lati...

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List of useful websites about Chinese culture

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SCILT/CISS have compiled the following list of useful websites for teaching Chinese culture, including which levels, activities and topics each site w...

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List of useful websites about Chinese culture

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SCILT/CISS have compiled the following list of useful websites for teaching Chinese culture, including which levels, activities and topics each site w...

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Website of the month - August 2013

IC LanguageYou can teach five languages free at iclanguage.com: French, Spanish, German, English ESL and Welsh. For each language there are both 50+ p...

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Amy Baxter, Product Marketing Manager at Rolls-Royce

I am a Product Marketing Manager in the marine services division of Rolls-Royce plc. My focus is business development and marketing of product upgrade...

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Website of the month - June 2013

Alien Language The Alien Language website reinforces parts of the body in a fun way. The games can be played in English, French, German and Spani...

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Tony Meechan, Head of Business Development

Can you give a brief outline of who you are and the job that you do?I am the Head of Business Development for a company specialising in business proce...

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COALA Agenda

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Agenda for the COALA meeting held on 7 June 2013 at Goethe-Institut, Glasgow.
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Strategic Implementation Group - Languages 1+2 Policy

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Draft remit and recommendations of the Strategic Implementation Group shared with COALA on 7 June 2013.
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Goethe-Institut Activities

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Consejería de Educación Action Plan

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Update on the Consejería de Educación 2012-13 action plan, shared with COALA on 7 June 2013.
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Institut français support for the 1+2 model

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Presentation from the Institut français on their contribution to the 1+2 model in Scotland, shared at COALA on 7 June 2013.
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AMOPA French speaking competition

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Report on the AMOPA French speaking competition for Advanced Higher students, shared at COALA on 7 June 2013.
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What SCILT can do for you...outreach overview

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Presentation on SCILT's outreach activities in 2012-13, shared with COALA on 7 June 2013.
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Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning Modern Languages in the Primary School

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Website of the month: May 2013

Hwb Hwb now includes all the content from the NGfL Wales website and hosts a resources section, 'find and use', including materials for language ...

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Creativity in Action in MLPS

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Professional Recognition, Creativity, MLPS, French

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Investigating the Views of Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties about their Experience of Learning French

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inclusion, modern language learning, primary school, pupil perspectives

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Language Use at the United Nations: Interdisciplinary Project of the Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages

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Scottish Baccalaureate, United Nations, European Union, Interpreting, Translation

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Continually Expanding Horizons

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Advanced Higher, ERASMUS, languages at university, specialised language services

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Employer Demand for Languages Graduates in Scotland: a Case Study in the Financial Services Sector

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In the context of recent surveys of business and employer attitudes to the economy’s need for language skills, this study aims to contribute to the de...

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Selected abstracts from academic journals and recent publications

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Selected events April 2013 – August 2014

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INNLAC 2013 - Draft Programme

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Draft programme for the INNLAC conference, June 2013.
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James Brodie, China-Britain Business Council

James Brodie is Manager & CBA Scotland of China-Britain Business Council. We asked him to share with us why he decided to study Chinese, how he h...

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Iain Valentine, Director of Animal Conservation and Research

I am currently the Director of Giant Panda Project and Strategic Innovations at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Between the ages of 9 and 12...

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Julianna Dunn, Licensing Executive with Harper Collins

I’m Julianna Dunn and I am a Licensing Executive with Harper Collins the book publishers. I am in charge of our print business – I negotiate translati...

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Website of the month: April 2013 (secondary)

Mary Glasgow Mary Glasgow produce a range of resources to support teachers and learners of French, German and Spanish in the Secondary school. Resourc...

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Website of the month: April 2013 (primary)

Teaching Ideas Access a variety of games and activities for use in the primary MFL classroom. There are a good selection of ideas and subject are...

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Primary Chinese - lesson 6

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Chinese to support 1+2 in the Primary. A course of 6 lessons.

Primary Chinese - lesson 3

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Primary Chinese - lesson 2

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Primary Chinese - lesson 1

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Chinese to support 1+2 in the Primary. A course of 6 lessons.

Website of the Month - March 2013

The mystery of the golden starsDownload a story book for pupils and an activity guide for teachers to introduce some aspects of what the European Unio...

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John Somers, First Secretary for Scottish Affairs, Beijing

In January this year I took up post as the First Secretary for Scottish Affairs in Beijing.  The post and the office are fully funded by the Scot...

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Scott Morrison - Technology Analyst

My name is Scott Morrison and I am married with three kids.  I work for a technology analyst company.  My company makes predictions about te...

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Jim Fleeting - SFA

I work for the Scottish Football association as Director of Football Development, a position I have held for the last six years.  In brief, my jo...

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Campbell Price - Museum Curator

My name is Campbell Price and I’m the curator for Egypt and Sudan at the Manchester Museum. I became interested in languages other than English when I...

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Anne Morrison - Pharmaceutical Industry

Website of the Month - February 2013

Looking for a resource to support a challenging IDL transition project incorporating French?  "Passeport pour la Francophonie" c'est parfait...

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Culture at work: the value of intercultural skills in the workplace

Key messages on language skills:The research shows that there is real business value in employing staff who have the ability to work effectively with ...

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Sluttrapport - to år med fremmedspråk1 (Final report - two years of foreign language in the upper primary)

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The final report evaluating a pilot project intorducing foreign language teaching in the upper primary level in Norwegian schools. This pilo...

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Languages: The State of the Nation

Key messages:The British Academy commissioned a review of empirical data from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales seeking baseline data on t...

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Talking the talk, so that Scotland can walk the walk: A rapid review of the evidence of impact on Scottish business of a monolingual workforce

The purpose of this report was to report findings to the Languages Working Group of the cost to Scotland of a monolingual workforce in order to suppor...

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Study of the impact of eTwinning on participating pupils, teachers and schools

The European Commission has just published an independent study on the impact of the EU's eTwinning scheme. The study found that teachers who had part...

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The benefits of language learning

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Presentation that SCILT has used at a promotional event to make the case for languages to parents. Suitable for use at parents evenings and at options...

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Say 'yes' to languages!

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1+2: you can too!

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COALA Minutes of Meeting - 25 January 2013

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Minutes of the COALA meeting held at the University of Strathclyde on 25 January 2013.

COALA Agenda

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Agenda for the COALA meeting held on 25 January 2013 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

German: events and services

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Website of the month - January 2013

January 2013This month we would like to highlight two websites:Newshound (Linguascope)Linguascope has gathered together five fantastic feeds of curren...

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Action Plan for Scotland 2012 – 2013

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An update from the Consejería de Educación on their Action Plan for Scotland 2012-13 along with information on a variety of Spanish courses available ...

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French education services

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Services offered by the Institut Français d'Écosse in support of French language learning along with information and entry criteria for "Vive la Franc...

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LFEE forthcoming activities

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People and Verbs Flashcards

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Use these flashcards to learn the vocabulary related to people and verbs.

Household items Flashcards

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Use these flashcards to help learn vocabulary related to the home and household items.

Illness Flashcards

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Use these flashcards to learn words related to illnesses.

Snake activity

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2013 - The year of the Water Snake

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Find out more about the Snake and the Chinese Zodiac as a starting point for celebrating 2013 - The year of the Water Snake.

Facts abouts snakes

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These facts about snakes are a great starting point to look at environmental topics surrounding 2013 - The Year of the Water Snake.

Website of the month - December 2012

December 2012This month we would like to highlight a list of our favourite Christmas websites for teachers to use in class. These websites cover Chris...

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Good practice in early language learning

Good practice guidelines from the European Commission.Creating meaningful contexts. Storytelling provides children with a perfect framework for listen...

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Supermarket Flashcards

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Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for things you might buy in the supermarket.

Colours Flashcards

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Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different colours.

Animal Flashcards

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Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different animals.

Weather Flashcards

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Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different types of weather.

Occupations Flashcards

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Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different kinds of occupations.

Food Flashcards

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Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different kinds of food.

Family Flashcards

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Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different members of the family. 

Clothes Flashcards

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Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different kinds of clothes.

The Dao or Tao

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The art of Chinese calligraphy

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A detailed introduction into the art of Chinese calligraphy.

Countries of South Asia

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A factfile on the countries of South Asia. This resource could be used for cross-curricular work with Modern Studies.

Chinese traditions

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An introduction to the many Chinese traditions.

Chinese Calligraphy

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A basic introduction to Chinese calligraphy.

Planning grid for thematic teaching for 1 year - example 2

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Planning grid for thematic teaching for 1 year - example 1

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Example of how to use the blank thematic planning grid for 1 year.

Planning grid for thematic teaching for 5-8 weeks - example

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An example of how to use the blank planning grid.

Planning grid for thematic teaching for 1-4 weeks - example

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Blank planning grid for thematic teaching for 1 year

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Use this grid to plan your lessons by theme for 1 year.

Blank planning grid for thematic teaching for 4 weeks

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Use this grid to plan your teaching by theme for 4 weeks.

Architecture in China

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Use this powerpoint to describe different architecture styles in China.
Posted in: CISS, CISS stages, P7

Kites

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Use this PowerPoint to look at kites in China with P5 pupils. Includes the opportunity to look at characters written on kites.
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Let's go to a restaurant

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PowerPoint to use with P7 pupils learning Chinese. A trip to a restaurant.
Posted in: CISS, P7

Chinese characters

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This PowerPoint is suitable for use with beginners and looks at Chinese characters.

Context for learning

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Suggested themes to use with P7 pupils studying Chinese.
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Website of the Month - November

Radicals

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This document is suitable for introducing radicals to beginners.

P6 - P7 Curriculum based on the Silk Road Theme

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Ideas for a P6/P7 curriculum based on the Silk Road. Could also be used for transition to Secondary.
Posted in: CISS, P6, P7

Chinese characters

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This PowerPoint is suitable for use with beginners and looks at Chinese characters.

Radicals

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This document is suitable for introducing radicals to beginners.

Chinese characters

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This PowerPoint is suitable for use with beginners and looks at Chinese characters.

Context for learning (P5)

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Themes for introducing Chinese language in P5.
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Radicals

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Context for learning (P4)

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Chinese characters

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The benefits of language learning

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Bookmark: A little language goes a long, long way…

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Parent leaflet: Inspiring Scotland’s young people to embrace language learning

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Europeans and their languages

Key messages:In accordance with the EU population, the most widely spoken mother tongue is German (16%), followed by Italian and English (13% each), F...

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First European survey on language competences

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Key messages:Almost nine out of ten EU citizens believe that the ability to speak foreign languages is very useful and 98% say that mastering language...

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Lessons from abroad: International review of primary languages

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National survey of modern language provision in Scottish schools (August 2011)

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Edinburgh International City of Learning - Modern Languages Pilot 2012: Evaluative report

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FLA Projects 2011-2012

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Since November 2010 The British Council Scotland and SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages, have worked collaboratively to improve the exper...

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China: a land of contrasts

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COALA - Minutes of meeting 26/10/12

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Tones for pandas

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Access 3 materials - Mandarin

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Introduction to China

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Chinese food

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Discover China's regional delicacies and the cultural and medicinal importance of food.

Chinese calligraphy

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Learn about the ancient Chinese art of calligraphy and practise writing the characters.

Chinese characters

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Autism and French – a work in progress

A summary of working with primary school aged learners with a communication disorder in a modern foreign language, and methods of building community t...

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Corta, pega, pinta. Content and language integrated learning

In this workshop we will show how arts and crafts content and the Spanish language can be integrated in a motivating learning experience within the Pr...

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Cross-curricular projects: Mandarin

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The Spanish-speaking world (topic plan)

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Primary 4/5 - Second Level Learning Experiences and Outcomes from Curriculum for Excellence.

SALT Conference 2012: Seminar Timetable

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Timetable detailing the SALT 2012 seminars and speakers.

SALT Annual Conference 2012: Excellence in Practice Brochure

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Brochure detailing the SALT 2012 event programme and seminars.

Keynote address - Modern Languages in Scotland – past, present and future

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Modern Languages key aspects of achievement

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Key indicators of achievement over a range of evidence at second and third levels.

Es and Os Overview

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Strategies and resources for improving listening skills in Higher French

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French in Early years Education

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The Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages

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Supporting children and young people with English as an Additional Language in Glasgow

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Activities and resources in French for secondary school teachers

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Planning learning and assessment using the Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes

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Modern Languages in Scottish Primary and Secondary Schools 2011

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Contextualised Learning of the Spanish Language in the Primary School

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1+2: What’s in it for you?

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'Our Europe' film making competition

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German Film CPD Seminar - 19 January 2013

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Action Plan 2012 - Institut français d'Ecosse

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Action Plan for Scotland 2012-13

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COALA Agenda - 26 October 2012

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Evaluation of the FLA project initiative 2011-2012

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Assessing first year language students at university: breaking the mould?

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Modern Languages: new qualifications

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LFEE – France & Spain, Summer 2013

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International Partner Schools Project

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Selected forthcoming events October 2012 – October 2013

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Selected abstracts from academic journals and recent publications

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The Experience of the Scottish Baccalaureate in Language

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Working together to train tomorrow’s teachers of Chinese

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The Chaoyang English Project

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Assessing the Work Placement Abroad

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Listening Strategy Instruction in a Higher French Class

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Inter-Cultural Meetings – how intercultural learning supports the communicative competencies of language learners

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Website of the Month - October (2012)

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Sharing the Standard - 4th level

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Sharing the Standard - 3rd level

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Sharing the Standard - 2nd level

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MLPS: Working towards excellence

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Modern Languages Experiences and Outcomes

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Inspection Curriculum advice note

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Key data on teaching languages at school in Europe

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Bilingualism in Sardinia and Scotland: Exploring the cognitive benefits of speaking a ‘minority’ language

A study investigating the cognitive benefits of bilingualism in children who speak the minority languages of Sardinian and Scottish Gaelic in addition...

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One brain, two languages, many advantages

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Language learning in Scotland: a 1+2 approach

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Lessons from abroad: International review of primary languages

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Statement by Minister for Skills and Learning

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Modern Languages Excellence Report

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Excellence Groups were established to consider what makes for excellence in subjects, and in skills development, across learning. The Groups met a num...

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Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition

This article outlines aspects of bilingualism and the development of first and additional languages which can inform teachers' approaches to bilingual...

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Early Language Learning in Europe - public report

ELLiE is a study of the introduction of second language learning in primary school classrooms in seven European countries. The study was set up in res...

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Building the curriculum 3: A framework for learning and teaching

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Modern Languages Principles and Practice

Key message on entitlement There are no specific input requirements in terms of time allocations. The emphasis in modern languages is on ensuring tha...

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Early Language Learning in Europe Facts & Figures and FAQs

An overview of early language learning in Europe and answers some of the questions most frequently asked on language learning in the early years. Scro...

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Learning in 2 (+) languages

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Conclusions of the European Council Meeting, Barcelona

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