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How to develop your Languages Teaching

Susanne Wilson —
PLN Podcast

Susanne Wilson is the training coordinator at PLN and helps develops teachers ability to coordinate and teach languages more effectively at their schools. Her insights in languages are incredible and she has an ability to breakdown complex ideas into simple and fun ways of sharing them. 

In this podcast Susanne, first of all, tells her story of her passion for learning languages and then moves on to some troubleshooting for potential scenarios for MFL coordinators and teachers alike

Furthermore, she will be speaking at the conference on June 27th- More info found here

More info about Primary Languages Network training courses found here

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PLN Podcasts: # 1-#6

Bringing together experts in the field of primary languages, whether the experts are in the classroom , members of SLT , language consultants or advisers, we want to share with you a wide range of experience and knowledge that can only help broaden your own horizons of the wonderful opportunities in teaching

We started these recording in late November 2018 and now there are 6 podcasts from which to select .An opportunity to sit back with a coffee and listen to one or more of these podcasts between our roving teacher reporter Will (and non-specialist in primary language)s with experts in the field of Primary Languages.

Use this URL to subscribe - https://primarylanguages.podbean.com/feed.xml

Primary Languages Podcast #1

A child only gets one chance at being an 8 year old -”learning a language in primary school and the role of all teachers, specialist linguists or non-specialist linguists ”: the big picture. ( Interview with Janet Lloyd)

Primary Languages Podcast #2

Meet the team .Honest observations on the role of the PPA French primary teacher and the also role of the native speaker in the classroom. (Interview with Emilie Woodroffe)

Primary Languages Podcast #3

Wisdom, reflections on years of experience, and the whys and the wherefores for primary languages” from a true expert in the field: ( Interview with Therese Comfort)

Primary Languages Podcast #4

Revitalising languages, making purposeful links between KS2 and KS3 MFL and taking a look at the role of senior leadership (Interview with Suzanne O’Farrell- MFL Lead ASCL)

Primary Languages Podcast #5

Time out in coffee shop to consider the role and power of global links in the primary and secondary classroom. (Interview with John Rolfe MBE - British Council Adviser and Wendy de Corte- Global Links Consultant)

Primary Languages Podcast #6

How to showcase primary languages and to encourage all staff to engage with the learning and promotion of primary languages in your own schools and settings. (Interview with Paul Philips DHT, Our Lady of the Star and the Sea Catholic Primary School)



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Simply put, Paul Phillips is a wizard when it comes to exhibiting languages at this school in Whitby. He is a man of invaluable knowledge in regards to practicality, simplicity and whole school engagement, and in this podcast, he provides you with some great ideas whether you are an NQT or more experienced teacher. He also has managed to master using all his resources available to him to create an exciting and engaging language learning experience for children for example school grounds, cross-curricular activities and the PLN online resources

Listen to how he has planned a Spanish style easter parade through Ellesmere Port, which was done today (17th April)

Furthermore, He will be speaking at the conference on June 27th- More info found here

More info about Primary Languages Network found here

Use this URL to subscribe - https://primarylanguages.podbean.com/feed.xml

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This is a great chat with John Rolfe MBE and Wendy de Corte, covering all things about how to get involved with the British Council, creating links with schools outside the UK, and of course, John receiving his MBE for his service!

for more info about linking your school go to www.britishcouncil.org

for enquiries about membership and resources go to our website www.primarylanguages.network

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Inspiration! Today, listening to David Crystal OBE, triggered so many fantastic ideas to share the languages spoken in our own communities and speak up for languages and their value in our communities.. Links between languages, celebrating languages, links between languages and literacy, sharing our languages…. the list goes on.

I had the great fortune today at ALL Language World 2019 to attend the Mary Glasgow Plenary Presentation, “Twenty five years of not (yet) having a House of Languages”. Intriguing title ! His vision is for a museum of “living “ languages to “speak up for languages” and to share the importance and relevance of languages in everyone’s lives.

During the presentation I was inspired to tweet possible ways that we in all our primary schools, clusters and MATs icould contribute to a nationwide interconnected “House of Languages”.

Here are the tweets in order of inspiration.Hope that may inspire some of you who read this to perhaps investigate further the suggestions and create “Planet Words” in yoour own communities and schools.

Alphabet sculptures……Great languages, literacy, home languages and Art links here.

Celebrating 10 years of alphabet sculptures. Endangered alphabets. Mentioned by ⁦@davcr⁩ during Mary Glasgow Plenary ⁦@ALL4language⁩ Language World. Must find out more. Great link for literacy and languages in primary. https://t.co/KJZnHLaXux

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

Voice analysis- just what might your voice sound like on 10,20,30 years? Drama,science and language learning links here

Wonderful way of playing with sound and voices and how you may sound in 10 years. Possible great drama / science and primary languages activity #CLIL2019 inspired by David Crystal’s description of scientific boice analysis booths @ALL4language conference. Got my thinking hat on!

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

Celebrating all languages in our schools. Bringing home languages and primary foreign languages together.Celebrate and collate all the languages we use and hear in our learning communities.

Potential of “All languages of the World” arenas in primary schools. Links between literacy, languages,promoting the fantastic EAL resource in our own schools. Would make great Languages festival event in schools or MATs etc. Got my thinking hat on again! @ALL4language #CLIL2019

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

Exploring the “mundo lingua” space in Paris via this website link.Use this as a platform to design your own “mundo lingua” spaces in schools.

Absolutely fantastic little museum of interactive language memorabilia, resources Paris. Great inspiration for virtual tour with primary children. Why not create own school mundo lingual spaces? Inspired again by David Crystal ⁦@ALL4languagehttps://t.co/6arMI3Lphv

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

Enage with the wider local community.Create library spaces in shared areas to share books from all the languages spoken and written in our communities.

Let’s create small multi lingual lending / library spaces in our communities. One more phenomenons idea for our primary children and parents as so many languages alive and kicking in our schools. ⁦@davcr⁩ ⁦@ALL4languagehttps://t.co/qtf6igoS8i

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

Take this further and create multi-lending spaces in empty spaces and shops in our local hgh streets.

Pop up language museums and libraries in some of our empty high street spaces. Suggestion by David Crystal @ALL4language . Happy to help with this in North West @NP_Partnership

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

Set your children a challenge.Design language museum spaces of the future.Be inspired by the internatioanl architecture competition to design suitable spaces with interactive devices to share the excitement and diversity of languages.

Great DT/ EAL/ primary languages competition in https://t.co/idPhRz52nX museum of languages. Encourage children to incorporate APPs etc in designs. select one,make it come real. Thanks David Crystal for link to competition below ⁦@ALL4languagehttps://t.co/XrddaU9dbY

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

Celebrate “English” and its origins.Find out more about the Winchester project.Become experts in your own schools and look at the origins of the English language. Great literacy, languages, history and geography investigations here.

Literacy and language links.Winchester English Project. Ideal links with history of languages.Think King Alfred and origins of English language.Great way to get children thinking that English is a language alongside other languages.⁦@ALL4languagehttps://t.co/WhgLdTJ2j4

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

Explore “Planet Word” and find out about this interactive language museum in America is taking shape. Take inspiration from this and build a speaking wall or a languages walk of your own in school , to celebrate “Planet Word” in your own school.

Celebrating languages. Look at this museum. Could we celebrate its opening? https://t.co/NiQbGurYkZ

— Janet Lloyd (@JanetLloydnet) March 23, 2019

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This is the March edition of the podcast, all things to do with the conference, CPD, premium dashboard and local network meetings

for CPD enquiries contact susanne@primarylanguages.network

for LNM enquiries contact coordinator@primarylanguages.network

to ask about the new dashboard contact will@primarylanguages.network

to try out all our resources go to www.primarylanguages.network/tryitnow 

Any other enquiries go to www.primarylanguages.network

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Welcome to Hope Primary in Huyton,Knowsley, Liverpool. Let’s celebrate their success in the implementation of primary Spanish as a successful and integral part of the curriculum. Spanish is taught across KS2 by class teachers and children in KS1 also have Spanish learning opportunities.

This blog post is a delight to write and to share the vision,commitment and excellent progress that the staff,,children and the wider school community have made in their goal to ensure effective and purposeful primary Spanish language learning in school for all their children.

Debbie McConnell, Assistant Head, along with SLT , school MFL Coordinators’ Caitlin and Helen and all the class teachers and school staff have invested time and commitment in exploring, developing and now establishing a Spanish curriculum that enriches the lives of all their pupils. As a traded support service, Primary Languages Network , has been able to support them on this journey since 2014. The school achieved the enhancing Primary Languages Development Award in 2017 and are now well on their way to working toward their “Outstanding” award..



We have supported the school with staff Spanish upskilling , pedagogy CPD and have held some of our local network meetings at the school (open to all teachers in the area who may be interested in primary languages). Debbie took on the role of MFL Coordinator and planned the development of teaching and learning of Spanish , working alongside the PLDA mentor Catherine Simms from Primary Languages Network.

Take a look here. The schools follows the PLN Ready Made Spanish SOW and plans for progress in across the four core skills, grammar and language learning skills:

Staff and children explore Spanish in a very primary and fun way and make sure that the wider Spanish World comes to school, so that all children have the opportunity to explore language learning and culture.From making cultural comparisons around festival times:

and enjoying PE in Spanish with their class teachers and the PE coaches who come in to school:

to Spanish yoga days with Irene, our PLN native speaker primary teacher and yoga coach.

The school takes every opportunity to explore literacy and links between languages and literacy in their Spanish language learning lessons:

They share their success in Spanish with the whole school and the wider community at community assemblies:

and hold Spanish Super Days where the children, wider community of school staff get involved and native speakers are invited in to deliver Super Day activites:

And because the school aims to support their children to beieve in their own future success and to respect others’ knowledge and achievements , Spanish is thriving as a whole school learning project which they are even happy to share with their feeder high school too! Well done Hope CP!


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#4 Suzanne O’Farrell

Revitalising Secondary MFL

This podcast is a conversation with Suzanne O'Farrell, responsible for the revival of education in secondary schools in her role for ASCL and an experienced Head Teacher and MFL teacher, she offers great insights into her previous roles and future ambitions in regards to education

Overall Suzanne is a bubbly and enthusiastic leader in our sector and somebody (after listening to this podcast) in which we can put our trust in, to continue to maintain and improve standards in regards to modern foreign languages in primary and secondary schools

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