British Council’s new innovation & MFL project

19 Feb 2015

S2F is delighted to support the British Council’s new “Think Differently!” project which aims to encourage schools to try out innovative ways of teaching MFL.

The project is launching with a free seminar on Wednesday 11 March (6-9pm) at the British Council’s HQ in London. It is also possible to attend the event through online streaming.

It will be a great opportunity to hear from successful innovative projects in MFL and other subjects. The British Council’s information on the event is below – bookings can be made through

Think differently! Try something new!
Creating a climate for innovation in language learning
11 March 2015, 18.00 – 21.00 GMT 

Join the innovation in language learning workshop in person or live online

“If we always do what we always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got!”

More than ever the world needs young people who are internationally-minded and able to participate positively in an interconnected and interdependent world. This means promoting a step change in our approach to multilingualism and cultural awareness.

We would like to invite you to participate in a workshop to explore what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning.

At the event we will launch our new ‘Think differently’ project. The British Council will be inviting teachers to join an international network of incubator schools engaging in a series of micro-projects to explore new approaches to language learning. It will be a great opportunity to ‘Try something new!’

At the workshop we will be looking at examples of innovative teaching from around the world. Presentations will be followed by group discussions and opportunities for networking. At this special event we aim to bring together people from different fields, including informal educators, technologists and change leaders, as well as teachers, to share perspectives and experiences.

For ‘Think Differently” in 2015 we intend to begin by exploring three themes.

  • Approaches to immersive learning
  • Harnessing technology and gaming.
  • The motivational impact of pupil choice and autonomy

To succeed the ‘Think Differently’ project needs enthusiastic, thoughtful and open-minded people to join us. We would welcome your participation.

Speakers will include:

Approaches to immersive learning
Outstanding results from a totally immersive school learning environment
Duncan Bathgate, Headteacher, Bealings Primary School (TBC)
Content & language integrated learning in French, Spanish and Mandarin
Neil Strowger, Headteacher, Bohunt School

The motivational impact of pupil choice and autonomy
Putting young people in control of their language learning
Bernadette Clinton, Language Futures project manager, and Catherine Jenkinson-Dix, Headteacher, Ely College
Connecting and challenging gifted and talented pupils to push their learning in a safe and supported environment
Adam Boddison, Director, Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick: IGGY project (TBC)

Harnessing technology and gaming
From school clubs to statutory: introducing a new subject to schools with success & enthusiasm
Rik Cross, Head of Education & Sophie Deen, International Development, Code Club
Plan Ceibal Uruguay – teaching English through online distance learning
Graham Stanley, Project Manager Plan Ceibal, British Council

You can participate in two ways: either in person at the British Council office in Trafalgar Square in London, or by participating live online.

For more information or to book a place, please visit


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