Modern foreign languages in the primary and secondary school: Teaching the new National Curriculum

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The University of Reading are delighted to be able to offer free and extensive CPD for primary and secondary school language teachers through funding from the DfE, co-delivered by experienced local teachers and University tutors.

The programme will begin with a whole day of input and activities, followed by monthly twilight sessions and will end with a half-day event. French language upskilling sessions will be provided for primary teachers in addition, each month.

DfE funding allows us to be able to make a substantial contribution to supply costs for teachers attending the first and last event plus a minimum of three twilight sessions.

The programme will be of benefit for all those teaching languages, especially colleagues leading languages provision in schools, as well as those new to delivering primary languages. The language of focus for primary colleagues will be French; for secondary colleagues, sessions will include examples in French, German and Spanish.

Sessions will include:

  •   Creating a joined up KS2-3 curriculum for languages
  •   Developing core oral skills, including accurate pronunciation and spontaneous oral interaction
  •   Literacy skills in the foreign language – including reading for comprehension, appreciation and vocabulary development
  •   Developing grammatical competence across Key Stage 2 and 3
  •   Developing learners’ listening skills
  •   Assessment
  •   Primary-secondary transition

Session 1: Whole day, Friday 10 October, 09.30-15.30, Institute of Education: The new National Curriculum across Key Stages 2-3 and principles of effective teaching and learning; developing learners’ listening skills; assessment and evaluation; transition issues.

Further details of subsequent sessions can be found overleaf.

As well as gaining a wealth of practical ideas, participants on the programme will also enhance their understanding of the principles that underpin effective language learning. On-line support activities for use between sessions will be available.

Toreserveyourplace,pleasegotothefollowinglink: Further information will be emailed to you a week before the first event. orphone01183782612

Twilight Sessions
Session 2 (Speaking): 16.30-18.30, Thursday 6 November, The Willink School RG7 3XJ
Session 3 (Speaking): 16.30-18.30, Wednesday 3 December, The Willink School RG7 3XJ Session 4 (Reading): 16.30-18.30, Thursday 15 January, The Piggott School RG10 8DS
Session 5 (Reading/writing): 16.30-18.30, Wednesday 4 February, The Piggott School RG10 8DS Session 6 (Grammar): 16.30-18.30, Thursday 5 March, The Piggott School RG10 8DS

Session 7 (Sharing practice; transition): Half day, Wednesday 25 March, 13.30-16.30, IoE
Additional French language tuition will be offered on the following dates for primary teachers, with all

sessions held at the University:
Thursday, 23 October, 17.00-19.00
Thursday, 20 November, 17.00-19.00 Thursday, 11 December, 17.00-19.00 Thursday, 22 January, 17.00-19.00
Thursday, 12 or 19 February (TBC), 17.00-19.00

We will pay for one day’s supply cover for teachers who attend the first and last event plus a minimum of three twilight sessions, with schools asked to fund the remaining half-day. There are no further costs for the CPD. Further details will be emailed out with joining instructions before the first event.

This CPD is being delivered as a consortium led by the University of Reading and involves the following partners:

  •   Bartholomew School, Eynsham
  •   Cherwell School, Oxford
  •   Fair Oak Junior School
  •   Keep Hatch Primary School
  •   Oxford University Department of Education
  •   Radstock Primary School
  •   The Willink School, Burghfield Common
  •   Wellington College Teaching School Partnership
  •   Wokingham Secondary Federation