Every language an asset

Date(s): 21st May 2014
Location: British Academy, London

LanguagesThis is a seminar for community groups, schools, universities and learned association. We will be sharing examples of good practice in initial teacher training and providing information on access to routes to accreditation as well as considering issues of quality of teaching and learning and the availability of relevant continuing professional development. We will also be promoting the British Academy Schools Language Awards and explaining how supplementary schools can take full advantage of this excellent award to celebrate the achievements and aspirations of their pupils.

To receive an invitation, please contact info@speaktothefuture.org


Every Language an Asset: Supporting & celebrating home languages

10.00                 Coffee and registration

10.00– 11.15   Introduction: Update on current legislation

  • Opportunities for a fresh approach to language learning in the curriculum
  • Inspiring practice: examples of  creative language learning in the classroom

Fatima Khaled

Translation Nation: Sam Holmes, Robina Pelham Burn, Sarah Ardizzone

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee and networking

11.30 – 12.15 Personal stories:  Three narratives of the journey into language teaching:

  • Eshan Imrit
  • Fatima Khaled
  • Jenny Mao

From these stories, we will draw out the problems of accessing appropriate training and support and make recommendations for the kind of support and training that is most beneficial.  We will benefit from a strategic insight provided by Catalina Brook, Former President UKFCS.

12.15 – 13.00 Discussion: Identifying campaign priorities for S2F in supporting Initial Teacher Education/Qualifying to teach and Continuing Professional Development for home languages

Presentation on the EAL Nexus project: Caroline Drummond, British Council

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30  Raising the profile of home languages

  • The Languages Landscape – Sandy Ritchie presents an exciting new online initiative
  • Strictly 1000 words – national competition to produce short video performances to be screened at the London Language Show October 18th 2014 at Olympia
  • BASLAs (British Academy Schools Language Awards) 2014 – How to win £4000 for your language learning projects in your school or class

15.30 – 16.00  Question time and next steps

16.00 Close of seminar

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