Welcome to issue 60 A very happy and successful 2008. Please let the editors Jim Fisher or Peter Hall have your comments and responses at any time. Also please aim to send in any contributions for the next edition by February 26th. Your colleagues can also register free to receive this e-update through the Staffordshire Learning Net (SLN). Go to: http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/ and click on the e-updates icon in the right hand margin for details. +++++ Promotional leaflet for MFL at "options" time DCSF has published a leaflet for Parents: "Talking Prospects? Why taking a language at KS4 can be good for your child's future". You can download (6-page PDF) from http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMode=publications&Prod uctId=DCSF-00885-2007 +++++ CiLT has moved location In case the details have not reached you by any other means, CiLT is now located at: 3rd Floor, 111 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HR Tel: 020 7379 5101 Fax: 020 7379 5082 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org +++++ Update from QCA on a range of MFL issues, January 2008 A 2-page word document summarising the "state of play" in a number of important MFL developments nationally is stored on our web-site: go to http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/Subjectareas/ModernForeignLanguages/ and click on Reference Shelf, then E-update Papers to find the link. (MFL within Diplomas) Currently QCA is carrying out a consultation on what the future languages element might be post 2008 and asking for opinions on a proposed new qualification. The QCA online survey can be accessed at http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_15591.aspx. This is an important chance to add your voice to the discussion. The consultation is open until 15 February. +++++ Primary Languages guide SoWs from QCA The full 24-unit sets (in each of Fr, Gm, Sp) are now complete, published and available to download (PDF or RTF) at http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_11752.aspx . Alternatively, they are stored on our own website at http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/Subjectareas/ModernForeignLanguages (see below) +++++ Staffordshire's own specialist MFL website - changes In order to comply with new requirements and legislation, our MFL site has had to be moved and rebuilt. The former site at sln.org.uk is no more, R.I.P. If you accidentally go to the old site, it should automaatically re-route you without having to do anything extra - but just in case, why not go straight to the new site now and add it to your "favourites" list? The new site is now live at this address: http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/Subjectareas/ModernForeignLanguages/ This location is part of the County Council's corporate "Staffordshire Learning Net", which is where you went to subscribe to this e-update (which means you must already know your username and password). Some parts of our new site will be password protected and available only to colleagues who have an account with the Staffordshire Learning Net, so spread the word amongst colleagues. Please remember that for it to be of use to you in supporting your work, it needs you to interact and to contribute (suggestions, ideas, actual content, etc). Don't hesitate to use the "feedback" facility on the site. +++++ CiLT publishes new Languages Work Activity Guide The new guide provides comprehensive support for anyone using the suite of Languages Work resources to inspire students to think seriously about careers in languages. Written for use by teachers, careers advisers, foreign language assistants, language student ‘ambassadors’, or external industry representatives, it comprises ideas for presentations and activities suitable for use in various contexts, including assemblies, options evenings, classes, large or small groups, and also suggestions for activities that students can do themselves. The full range of Languages Work resources includes the website, activity and fact sheets, postcards, posters, PowerPoint presentations and CD-ROM. The Activity guide contains photocopiable materials that can be used together with the Languages Work range, along with suggestions for activities and advice on setting up and running sessions for users who are not education professionals. For further information see: http://www.languageswork.org.uk/resources/guide.htm +++++ ALL Language World Conference 2008 (11-12 April, Oxford) A dedicated and very informative website is now online for everyone interested in applying: http://www.languageworld.org.uk/home/ +++++ Support for German teaching in secondary schools; an authentic human resource We have received a request for a temporary placement in a secondary school for a young German student of English. This may be an ideal opportunity for a school to offer FLA type support at virtually no cost! Details are given in Joost's (the student) letter copied below. If you are interested and would like to discuss this further please get in touch with jim fisher. Dear Sir or Madam, My name is Joost Becker-Adam and I am a German student of English and History. I am aiming at the Master of Education. It is absolutely necessary for me to improve my English. Within the studies we need to have an 8 week stay in an English speaking country. We are not only supposed to stay, but to work there. So I thought: what would be more appropriate than a school?! My idea would be to assist the German lessons (similar to an assistant teacher) but for a shorter period of time. I am very interested in exchanging knowledge of language between native tongues.Stefan Rinke (en:former FLA in Staffs. & GTP graduate) one of my former lecturers gave me the recommendation and the address of Jim Fisher who kindly transmitted the information to you. Of course I am not expecting any kind of remuneration but I would be very happy if there would be any possibility to accommodate me somewhere around for an affordable price. The semester break begins on the 10th of February. So the internship would concern the time between the 15th of February and the 11th of April. +++++ Next issue (61) This is scheduled for the end of February. Please send contributions by Feb 26th to Jim Fisher or Peter Hall. Welcome to issue 61 Please let the editors Jim Fisher or Peter Hall have your comments and responses at any time. Your colleagues can also register free to receive this e-update through the Staffordshire Learning Net (SLN). Go to: http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/ and click on the e-updates icon in the right hand margin for details. +++++ Using digital video in the languages classroom A resource which is definitely worth exploring. The use of "digi blue" cameras is prevalent in primary schools and the recent CILT publication entitled 'Lights, camera, action: Digital video in the languages classroom', explores approaches to integrating digital video work into the curriculum. It may be just the tool to support "New Secondary Curriculum" projects. +++++ Feb 20 - subject leaders' network meeting (secondary) At the session, colleagues asked if they could obtain electronic versions of some of the papers and presentations. These are now stored on our MFL (new) website at http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/Subjectareas/ModernForeignLanguages/ReferenceLibrary/EUpd ate/ +++++ 2008 - International Year of Languages UNESCO has declared this year as significant. To quote from their Director General recently: "We must act now as a matter of urgency. How? By encouraging and developing language policies that enable each linguistic community to use its first language, or mother tongue, as widely and as often as possible, including in education, while also mastering a national or regional language and an international language. Also by encouraging speakers of a dominant language to master another national or regional language and one or two international languages. Only if multilingualism is fully accepted can all languages find their place in our globalized world." +++++ ALL - supporting the new secondary curriculum in MFL Most colleagues will know that ALL is currently contracted by CfBT/DCSF to provide some additional support for development of the NSC in relation to languages. They have created a dedicated website where papers, case- studies and sundry support materials will be located as time progresses. There's also a discussion forum for folks to swap ideas. Go to: http://www.all-nsc.org.uk/nsc/ and visit it periodically to see what's new. +++++ The Global Dimension in Action QCA have recently published this planning guide for schools. It contains ideas, information, guidance and case- studies which may well be of direct interest to MFL colleagues (Global Dimension is one of the 7 statutory cross- curricular elements of the new secondary curriculum, as you probably know). It's a PDF file (48pp), and can be downloaded from the QCA site at http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_15333.aspx . +++++ Reminder re your new Staffordshire MFL website The county's dedicated MFL website has moved. The new address is: http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/Subjectareas/ModernForeignLanguages/ It is there for everyone to use - please visit it periodically to keep up to date. One main use is as a "store" for all sorts of documents and files to help you in your work: often the regular eMFL -updates (such as this one!) will include hyperlinks to such files. Most of the site is available to everyone, but some parts are password-protected and viewable only by colleagues who have a username and password for the Staffordshire Learning Net (a dialogue box appears on-screen and you have to enter your details to have access to that part of the site). But don't worry, because if you have received this e-update it means that you already have such a username and password (you needed it originally to sign-up to receive e-updates). If, for some reason, you have forgotten your unique username, contact Ann Harford on 01785 278666, or email her at email@example.com. Remember that any website is more useful if you use it interactively: make your suggestions for amendments, additions and developments using the easy "feedback" facility at any time. +++++ A very warm welcome .. ... to a new member of the Staffordshire MFL subject leaders' network: Selina Cowans, who has taken up the reins at Abbot Beyne School in Burton. +++++ Next issue This is anticipated before the Easter break - March 20th. Welcome to issue 62 Please let the editors Jim Fisher or Peter Hall have your comments and responses at any time. Your colleagues can also register free to receive this e-update through the Staffordshire Learning Net (SLN). Go to: http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/ and click on the e-updates icon in the right hand margin for details. +++++ KS3 - new "nugget" published to support development Nugget number 15 is now live on-line. If you are directly involved with SLN work at the moment, you may know all about this. It's the latest in a series of support material focusing on developing and improving MFL in Key Stage 3; part of the National Secondary Strategy. This latest nugget is entitled "Motivation & Participation", and contains loads of activities for you to undertake on your own or as part of a group. There are nearly 40 different video-clips to view and respond to. It really is worth a look. Go to this site: http://www.nationalstrategiescpd.org.uk/course/view.php?id=6 If you want to learn more about your local KS3 MFL Strategic Learning Network (SLN), contact firstname.lastname@example.org or consult this webpage on our MFL site: http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/Subjectareas/ModernForeignLanguages/ContactsNetworks/Loc alNetworks.htm +++++ New MFL GCSEs There have been two debates going on very recently where QCA have now published a report: • the possibility of replacing the GCSE single terminal "speaking test" with some form of controlled teacher-assessment • whether there's a built in extra-difficulty factor in MFL GCSEs compared to other subjects. You can read the two recent QCA reports by downloading from our SLN website: go to the "e-update papers" channel at http://education.staffordshire.govuk/Curriculum/Subjectareas/ModernForeignLanguages/ReferenceLibrary/ In summary - QCA are saying there's no evidence to warrant changing the current grading patterns for MFL; and they make a series of recommendations (to exam providers, mainly) about what the new ways of assessing speaking for GCSE might look like, and what the implications might be. Over the next couple of months exam providers will be drafting specs ready for first teaching in Sept 09. +++++ New Secondary Curriculum If you haven't yet visited it, you perhaps should! What? - The specific ALL website dedicated to swapping and developing ideas about the new secondary curriculum as it relates to MFL. There are already a number of interesting articles, documents and case-studies available (these will be added to). The site is part of the QCA/DCSF sponsored support for foundation subjects, being "delivered" under the auspices of CfBT working with the Association for Language Learning (ALL). There is also a discussion forum facility for you to browse and contribute to. The site is at: http://www.all-nsc.org.uk/nsc/ Have a look! +++++ Local CPD sessions - Summer term (secondary MFL) • 30th April MLN23503, Special Schools MFL Network. View details here • 13th June MLB30101, Middle Schools Seminar/Network. View details here • 2nd July MLN30201, Hosting an FLA (free - required attendance if you're hosting 08-09). View details here +++++ BBC Languages - monthly e-newsletter If you don't already subscribe to this, we recommend you consider it. The email is usually packed with items of interest. You can sign up for it easily by visiting this web-page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/newsletter/ +++++ e-Learning Credits - final phase This particular scheme for purchasing ICT-based resources (ELCs) comes to an end in August 2008. If you have access to these in your school, you need to plan to "spend up" during next term. The online guide to the scheme, plus the large searchable data-base of approved subject-specific materials and resources, is at this web address: http://www.curriculumonline.gov.uk/Subjects/MFL/Subject.htm . Check it out, colleagues! +++++ International Links - local Staffs website The local site is now live in its new version. As with our MFL site, there's been a migration to a new address and a new format (moving into the main Staffordshire Learning Net fold, so to speak). Colleagues are recommended to visit this new site and save it as a "favourite": http://education.staffordshire.gov.uk/Curriculum/ThemesandInitiatives/InternationLinks/ +++++ Happy Easter break Next issue - at the end of April. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org at any time with comments and contributions.