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School trips cited as good practice when teaching modern languages

Thu, 13 March 2014

School trips cited as good practice when teaching modern languages


In a recent written answer, Elizabeth Truss MP, the parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education, cited school trips as one example of good practice found where language teaching is outstanding.

Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative): To ask the secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the differences in the teaching of modern languages in state-funded comprehensive schools and in mainstream independent secondary schools.

Elizabeth Truss: No formal research has been conducted into this issue. However, informal analysis suggests that the key features of good practice in languages teaching in independent schools and in state schools with outstanding languages teaching are the same. Common features include high levels of teacher subject knowledge, teaching being supported by strong extra-curricular activities including school trips, and strong support from school leaders.

The new curriculum for foreign languages at key stage 2 (ages 7-11) and the more demanding curriculum for modern foreign languages at key stage 3 (ages 11-14), which come into force from September 2014, will raise the quality of language teaching in state schools. The inclusion of a modern or ancient language in the English Baccalaureate is already encouraging more young people to take a language at GCSE level. The numbers sitting a language GCSE are now at a five-year-high.

Give your students a taste of French culture and language in Paris; familiarise yourself with the city on a visit to Paris Story, soak up the atmosphere in one of the bustling markets and take part in a Drama workshop for a practical hands-on approach to language learning. Through our carefully chosen visits and excursions, your students will be able to practise their language skills and experience french culture.

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