To make your lesson planning easier, we have produced a chart to show how our French, Spanish, German and Italian resources fit the new National Curriculum.
The final draft of the 2014 National Curriculum for England was published last Wednesday. As expected, there were few changes from the July version and none (as far as I can see) for foreign languages. To see the full document, click here.
For the first time, foreign languages will be a statutory part of the primary curriculum from September 2014. Schools may teach any modern or ancient language, and should focus on just one language. The focus of study should be on practical communication, both spoken and written.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- Listen attentively to spoken language
- Explore the patterns and sounds of language
- Engage in conversations
- Speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language
- Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation
- Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
- Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing
- Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes
- Broaden their vocabulary
- Write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly
- Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
- Understand basic grammar
So now we know what needs to be taught, how do you go about ensuring you have the resources to do so?
Well, first of all, I’d recommend that you take an audit of the language skills of your staff. This might determine what language is best for you to focus on.
If you have a skills shortage, are there training courses your staff could go on? If none of your staff know how to speak a foreign language, perhaps you could look at bringing in a language specialist. Have you considered approaching your local secondary school? They might be able to help.
Secondly, you will need to take an audit of the foreign language resources you already have in the school.
If your staff are unconfident about teaching a foreign language, the quality of the resources you use becomes even more important. All of Brilliant Publications’ foreign language resources are designed to support non-specialist teachers.
To make your planning easier, we have produced a chart to show how our French, Spanish, German and Italian resources fit the new National Curriculum. To download the chart, click here.
We have over 70 titles for teaching French, Spanish, German and Italian, making our list the ideal place to go when looking for new foreign language resources. Here are just a few of our best-sellers:
- Whatever language you are teaching, you will find 100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom and More Fun Ideas for Advancing Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom invaluable sources of ideas and tips
- Physical French Phonics is ideal for helping pupils to develop accurate French pronunciation
- Chantez Plus Fort, Vamos a Cantar and Singt mit uns will not only help pupils appreciate songs, they will also help them to develop vocabulary and sentence structures and explore the patterns and sounds of language.
Our new catalogue for foreign languages is now available. If you’d like a copy, simply fill in your details here and I will send you one.