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  • Graham Davies

    We are saddened to hear of the death of Graham Davies who was a great inspiration to many of us. His amazing knowledge in the field of languages and ICT and his generosity in sharing his knowledge with anyone interested will be greatly missed. Our s...
  • Launch of Lingu@net Worldwide

    The new Lingu@net Worldwide website was launched at the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid last week. The new website offers a wealth of catalogued online resources for language learners and teachers with guidance and support for adult language learners. Th...
  • The National Languages Strategy for England

    'In the knowledge society of the 21st century, language competence and intercultural understanding are not optional extras, they are an essential part of being a citizen' In 2011 the new Government withdrew support from the National Languages Strategy. ...
  • The Wolf report on Vocational Education published

    The Wolf report on Vocational Education was published on March 3, 2011. It considers how vocational education for 14- to 19-year-olds can be improved in order to promote successful progression into the labour market and into higher level education and tra...
  • New inquiry announced into E-Bac

    The Commons Select Committee on Education has announced an inquiry and call for evidence into the English Baccalaureate. The Committee has asked for written submissions by noon on Tuesday 8 March 2011 on the following areas: the purpose and benefits of...
  • Launch of National Curriculum Review

    The Secretary of State for Education has announced the Government's intention to carry out a review of the National Curriculum for 5-16 year olds in England. He has also announced the appointment of an Advisory Committee to guide the review and an Expert ...
  • Ofsted report on Languages published – Improvements in Primary butcontinuing weaknesses in Secondary schools

    Ofsted has published its latest report on Languages, entitled Modern languages: Achievement and challenge 2007-2011.The report outlines the good progress that has been made in primary languages and notes in particular that senior leaders are very committe...
  • Primary Languages Funding devolved to schools

    On 13 December 2010 the Department for Education announced the details of the school funding settlement for 2011-12. This was updated on 4 January. This statement includes details of the local authority Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) allocations and the ...
  • Year Abroad – Recruitment of English Language Assistants Open

    In early November many Universities expressed concern that recruitment by the British Council for the assistantship year abroad had been suspended. This  was originally a result of the general marketing freeze imposed upon the DfE as other government dep...
  • Schools White Paper and Curriculum Review

    The Schools White Paper – The Importance of Teaching - was published in late November. It probably caused no great surprise since much of what it contains was trailed in advance, and it is very much in line with the new Government’s stated educational...
  • ERIC HAWKINS (1915-2010)

    It is with great sadness that we report the death of Eric Hawkins, one of the most important figures in languages teaching that this country has known.  From his first experience of the “strange alluring song” of another language in 1924 when he was ...
  • Professional ELP

    The Professional European Language Portfolio is now available online. ...
  • London Language Show 2010 - 15-17 October, Earls Court, London

    The Language Show is the UK's biggest event for language learners, teachers, linguists and anyone with a passion for languages. Dr Lid King will be speaking in The Piazza at 2.45pm on Saturday, but visit our stand to try out the online Professional Europe...
  • ON LINE CONSULTATION ON LANGUAGES

    As part of the LETPP project, The Languages Company and LSE are organizing an online consultation across Europe.  Where should policies about languages be going. How will they impact on our lives by 2020.  To contribute to the debate  please click HERE...
  • The Government underlines the importance of Primary Languages Thursday 26 August

    Despite the decision not to proceed with the new primary curriculum which would have included languages as statutory in Key Stage 2, the new Government has confirmed its commitment to the importance of primary languages.  It believes that languages are i...
  • Disappointing fall in GCSE languages entries. French and German down but Spanish up.

    Despite last year’s stabilization, there has been a further small decline in languages take up at GCSE this year. Although nothing like as dramatic as the falls suggested in the press, there has been an overall decline in the number of languages awards...
  • A level results show small decline – Spanish up but French, German and Chinese down

    The provisional results for 2010 were published today. The overall figure for languages shows a small decline, but with some significant variations between languages.In England there were 31685 awards in total (compared to 32547 in 2009 – a difference o...
  • PRIMARY LANGUAGES UPSKILLING

    Following the successful launch of the Languages Upskilling Specification last autumn 9 regional briefings sessions were held in Links Centres for Local Authorities and potential training providers in Higher and Adult Education. The response was extremel...
  • The New Government and Languages

    The new government took office on May 11 and on May 12 the Department for Education was formed, to replace the DCSF. Both Parties in the coalition have stated their support for languages and language learning. However no assumptions about the future sh...
  • Teachernet - language teaching pages updated

    The MFL pages on Teachernet have been re-written by TLC and now include up-to-date information on the National Languages Strategy, the Languages Ladder, the Diploma, the primary and secondary curriculum and much more. Go to www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachinga...
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