"[T]he book addresses an impressive range of relevant issues regarding what effective practice involves and how it can be fostered. The authors wisely position their discussion of these issues in the context of overall school improvement efforts, the changes that are occurring in the primary curriculum, and overall national policies, not least the Every Child Matters agenda"
Professor Mel Ainscow, University of Manchester, UK
"An excellent introduction that is comprehensive, clear and very readable. It successfully combines theory and practice, interweaving helpful examples with thoughtful discussion of key issues. It should be very valuable to both beginning and more experienced primary language practitioners"
Dr Gee Macrory, Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
This timely, practical guide will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to be an effective primary languages practitioner.
Ideal for those responsible for implementing the National Languages Strategy’s recommendation that each KS2 pupil is taught a language by 2010, the authors offer advice for putting in to practice the statutory requirements and effecting curriculum reform. Both new and experienced teachers will benefit from the coverage of professional learning and reflective practice in school-based and international contexts.
Written in a friendly style, the authors offer guidance on embedding languages across the curriculum, planning, teaching and assessment. Theory is related directly to classroom practice using a whole range of features, including:
- Sample lesson plans and observation reports
- Questions for reflection and practical activities
- 'Teachers talking' - snap shots of effective school practice
- 'Pupils' perspectives' and sample pupil work
This book is essential reading for trainee teachers on specialist primary languages training programmes as well as general primary PGCE programmes. It also provides valuable insights for primary teachers, trainers, LA Advisors, and Headteachers.