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The “New” Key Stage 3 National Curriculum

OK so you can’t say it has changed drastically if you just look at the Level descriptors…  But actually i’m quite excited to be involved as a Regional Subject Adviser for the Association for Language Learning in talking to Heads of Department about how they might best implement the new curriculum from September 2008.  A couple of years ago I was moaning on here about how KS3 no longer followed on from KS2 languages, and how KS4 is even less relevant now.  Well here is an opportunity to do what we know works this time, especially making language-learning exciting and fun for as many of our students as possible.  The “Big Picture” of the new curriculum certainly sets out to create the kind of students we know we want, and Languages can play a big role in that as our subject cuts across all the others and we can now help pupils to discover the amazing links that exist, to see the “big picture” of their learning!  In my school’s Languages department we had a whole INSET day dedicated to talking about this.  We talked about the kind of mini-linguists we want to create, the skills students need to progress and the order in which they need to develop them. We also compiled a “wish list” of ideas and activities we want to see happening in our Languages lessons, and then how we can make these an integral part of the learning in our new schemes of work.  The most important thing is what works for students, what turns them into fluent, confident linguists (ideally) and enriches their experience of MFL at school.  I really hope that other Heads of Subject will feel compelled to lead their teachers down a similar path, really making the most of the opportunity this change has brought.  I made a card-sort activity to support this, but it’s even more effective if the teachers come up with the “ingredients” themselves!

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January 13, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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