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Teaching Languages in the Primary School

Teaching Languages in the Primary School

Second Edition
  • Philip Hood - University of Nottingham, UK
  • Kristina Tobutt - Primary teacher and associate consultant Nottinghamshire Local Authority

January 2015 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Languages are now a more important part of primary education than ever before, and all successful primary teachers need to understand the principles that support good language teaching and learning.

This second edition provides a coherent overview of teaching and learning languages, combining practical strategies for use in the classroom with engaging coverage of how to teach, informed by academic research and theory.

 Key features of this new edition: 

  • Fully updated coverage of policy and curriculum developments, including the 2014 National Curriculum and the Teachers’ Standards
  • A new chapter on curriculum, planning and assessment for KS2
  • Expanded coverage of the transition from primary to secondary school and the implications for teaching
  • More examples of creative teaching and learning throughout.

This is essential reading for all students studying primary languages on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, School Direct, SCITT), and also NQTs.

What is the background to primary language learning?
What does language learning offer a primary school?
How might I structure language learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?
How should I begin to offer language learning in KS1 and KS2?
Where to next? How can I embed the language into the school day and the wider curriculum?
How do I make sure I really challenge the older learners?
How do I develop progression in the new National Curriculum?
How do I know if the children are learning? How can I help them to progress smoothly to KS3?
What does research tell us about the integration of languages into the curriculum?

This is a useful book for teachers and students alike.  The extensive reference to good practice gives the reader opportunities to develop understanding and skills.  There are ideas a-plenty to engage and excite children about learning languages. The de-construction of the CLIL approach gives primary teachers an insight of how to use a methodology which has hitherto been viewed as ‘for experts only.’ Particularly useful is the guidance on how to implement languages at KS1.

Sally Maynard
York St John University

This very accessible text weaves theory and practice together well, offering readers opportunities to reflect on important key issues related to teaching and learning languages in the primary school context. It provides very useful guidance for students with only emerging knowledge and confidence in this area of the curriculum as well as offering chapters for more experienced practitioners. 

Marnie Seymour
Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester

Useful background for secondary MFL teachers who may become involved in teaching in primaries. Great ideas for integrating MFL into the wider curriculum and advice on progression and challenge.

Mrs Lisa Clare Madden
PGCE Secondary, Leeds Trinity University
April 15, 2016

Clear, useful resource

Miss Deborah Boekestein
Division of Education, London South Bank University
August 26, 2015

An excellent resource which will be of value to beginning teachers and experienced colleagues alike.

Dr Katherine Richardson
School of Education, Nottingham University
March 20, 2015

Helpful book, I particularly liked the reflection points.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Dept Of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
February 6, 2015

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