Integrating Primary Languages into the Curriculum
A Practical Guide
Routledge – 2011 – 224 pages
The prospect of Modern Languages becoming a compulsory part of the Primary Curriculum in 2011 represents both an exciting opportunity and a huge challenge to all trainee and practising teachers. Integrating MFL into the Primary Curriculum: A Practical Guide provides sensible advice, combined with tried and tested methods grounded in theory. The chapters combine to provide a clear picture of primary languages and the issue of progression. Each stage of implementation from the beginnings to ensuring progression and the transition to secondary school are covered by each chapter, providing real case studies and practical means of moving policy forward in school.
The authors move away from simplistic ideas of introducing nouns using simple activities to show how primary languages may look in real terms in a primary classroom and how language can be integrated into everyday classroom work, providing age appropriate language for real purpose.
Primary language learning can be difficult to initiate without clear direction, direction that is embedded in good theory and realistic experience. As experienced primary language teachers the authors have a clear sense of what schools need, and more importantly know how to provide good examples of what should be taught in the primary language curriculum. This book will show schools how to get started in MFL, how they can sustain and maintain their provision and how they can take primary languages forward.
This indispensable book:
1. Why MFL? What do you really want? 2. Second Language acquisition and the potential for learning 3. The use of technology to enhance learning 4. The multilingual classroom 5. Planning for progression 6. Integrating Language into the curriculum - The core subjects 7. Integrating Language into the curriculum – The Foundation subjects 8. Do we really want to assess? 9. Developing Intercultural Understanding 10. So what next? beyond implementation and towards full integration
Joanne Mimnagh and Sarah Lister are both Senior Lecturers teaching on the Primary PGCE and the MFL primary project at Manchester Metropolitan University and have been directly involved in training primary teachers with specific language specialisms.
The authors are currently being funded by the TDA to establish and test a Scheme of Work for history and French/German/Spanish at primary level working extensively within local primary schools and have just written units for the Masters in Language Teaching qualification in CLIL and drama and MFL at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Both authors have extensive experience of primary level teaching prior to building academic careers.