Being a Languages Subject Leader
This blog post is all about being the Languages subject leader at your primary school.
Being a languages subject leader or coordinator can be quite a Something that is difficult to achieve.. Many teachers are Something that makes us feel nervous or uneasy. speaking another language. It’s your Paid work carried out on a regular basis., tant pis, to support and motivate your colleagues to teach a foreign language and encourage them to identify opportunities To support or be in agreement with an idea. language learning multiple times a week to To make a structure or material stronger, especially by adding another material or element to it…. vocabulary or useful phrases.
You may be a language specialist or you may have picked up the A particular job you do as part of a larger task. as leader for another A cause or explanation for doing something.. Whatever your situation, our free primary languages toolkit and Kapow Primary’s language resources can support you to engage your colleagues and get children in your school A feeling of great joy when something good happens or is going to happen…. about learning a new language.
Languages Subject Leader Toolkit
As a subject leader, you may be asked to explain and justify how your school teaches languages. You may also be asked how you can know that your pupils are making progress in languages. It is easiest to commit your The various things we think about every day., findings and strategies to writing at the planning stage. It is then much quicker and less stressful to answer these questions when required.
This toolkit is designed to help you:
- Populate your subject leader folder.
- Make links between subjects.
- Explain c how children progress through the different year groups.
- Be a brilliant subject leader.
The toolkit includes:
Teacher Subject Knowledge Audit
The first step towards great language learning is to develop your own subject knowledge and identify areas where your colleagues may need support. The subject knowledge audit gives you a clear picture of teachers’ Things we are particularly good at. and weaknesses so that you are better placed to provide them with the support they need, ensuring it’s tailored for them. For example, a busy teacher who needs a refresher on conjugating French verbs could be directed to this lesson pack and free bite-sized video.
There are lots of different resources that can support language learning in (or outside) the classroom. What’s imperative for teachers is that they know where they can be found when they need them. As the subject coordinator, you should know what is available in the school to prevent waste from ordering duplicates. A resources audit will also highlight where staff teach need additional resources and help with To set an amount of money that can be used for something or for a project and then making sure that you record what you spend and don’t spend more than the amount that you set…. planning.
The folder guidance shows what information it’s useful to gather as part of your role. It helps you keep track of how the subject is being taught within school so that you are best placed to create and implement an action A detailed proposal that helps us work out how we are going to achieving something…. to improve it. Having all of the useful and relevant information to hand also makes it that bit easier to talk about your subject and to illustrate what To do what is necessary to reach a goal. are being taken to support staff in providing effective teaching and learning.
Languages Curriculum Overview
This overview gives you:
- At-a-glance confidence in full curriculum coverage.
- A demonstration of the progression of knowledge and skills in languages right the way through KS2.
The topics are full of fresh ideas and plenty of cross curricular links to make learning more meaningful.
There are a great number of useful language learning strategies that are great to have up your sleeve. To give you and your staff lots of helpful tips and tricks, this presentation covers some of the key elements to support vocabulary building, listening, reading and understanding as well as pronunciation. Also, it includes a handy language learning quiz to help break the ice at your staff meeting!
Cross Curricular Links
There are a great number of cognates (words that are similar in both English and French) in science, making this a useful context for learning another language. In fact, learning languages through the context of other subjects leads to much more practical and meaningful subject knowledge development.
Languages are so much more than matching words with their counterparts. It leads to a better understanding of English grammar and shades of meaning as well as their concept of how language began and how it continues to evolve.