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Beyond Words: Designing a Primary Languages Curriculum for the 21st Century

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage, Robertson House, Six Hills Way
Course Tutors
Yvonne Kennedy
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Target Audience
Classroom Teachers / Subject Leaders
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Course Types
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Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Conference / Modern Foreign Languages
Event Description
‘Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures’. The opening statement from the programme of study sets out a vision of language learning that is ‘beyond words’. This conference will reflect on what constitutes a principled and considered approach to curriculum planning and design for primary languages. Using the three ‘i’s of the curriculum to interrogate practice, it will seek to ask important questions about what a ‘high-quality languages education’ should look like, and identify practical approaches to deal with the challenges faced by schools. It will also debate issues such as cross-curricularity versus subject integrity, the importance of inter-cultural understanding and why/how/if the study of a language should ‘deepen' [children's] understanding of the world.
Training objectives
Learning outcomes
The aims of the conference are to:

  • develop teachers’ skills in reviewing and adapting their curriculum planning for added impact

  • support schools in raising standards in language teaching and learning

  • improve levels of pupil engagement, motivation and progress in language learning

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Start Date
Friday 5 July 2019
End Date
Friday 5 July 2019
Closing Date
Thursday 4 July 2019
09:00 - 16:00
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