Policy Language

UK, The Language Trends Survey for Secondary Schools 2011

CfBT Education Trust in association with the All-Party Parliamentary Group, Indendent Schools Modern Languages Association (ISMLA) and Association for Language Learning (ALL) have released the long awaited research on Language Trends in Secondary Schools.

The annual publication of findings from the Language Trends survey shows that 40% of maintained schools reported changes to their language provision since the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

USA: Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades - A Handbook of Resources and Best Practices for Mandarin Immersion

Are you looking for best practise and resources for teaching early years Mandarin Chinese teaching?

The Asia Society has released an excellent new book (available as a free download): Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades based on US Mandarin immersion programmes.

Speak to the Future: The Campaign for Languages – Let’s boost Language Learning in the UK (including Mandarin Chinese)!

What is the Campaign?   Speak to the Future is a new campaign with the support of over 30 organisations to address the UK’s flagging achievement in language learning. The campaign calls for urgent action on policy to safeguard and revitalise language learning across all phases of education in order to boost educational and career opportunities for young people and the UK’s ability to compete in the global economy. Campaigners have united to send a powerful public message highlighting the vital national importance of foreign language capacity in today’s global world.  The Speak to the future campaign is supported by the British Academy, the Chartered Institute of Linguists and a range of other organisations.

UK: First to best and next practice In Mandarin Chinese teaching and learning

Want to know how Mandarin has evolved from first practice to next practice?  What will future Mandarin practice look like?

Why not look at Dr Jill Shepherd’s (The Chinese Staffroom) presentation that she gave at Brighton College Chinese Conference below.   The matrix/table from the group exercise can be downloaded at the bottom of this page as a Word file.

English Ofsted (Quality Inspection) Report on Language Teaching: Our view – what is yours?

Have you read, thought about and acted upon the latest Ofsted  (England's Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) report on language teaching published this year, to think through the implications for teaching Chinese in primary and secondary schools? Even if you do not teach in England it might be worth reading to prompt you to wonder about how to improve your own teaching

The Tiger Primary Chinese integrated Free School: Is this Confucius Classroom Next Practice in the UK?

New Line Learning Academy  are developing the next generation of school teaching Chinese in the UK- The Tiger Primary School.

- It co-teaches Mandarin and English from young?

- Integrates elements of Chinese approach to numeracy and music

- Allows for good transition into KS3 and KS4 Chinese at the academies New Line Learning and Cornwalls

- Makes the most of the schools Chinese teaching faculty available in the other academies and through HanBan funding?


SSAT’s 2nd Annual Chinese Lecture (UK) – 1st March 2011 – The reaction of The Chinese Staffroom

The SSAT held a prestigious 2nd Annual Chinese lecture on the 1st March at the Barbican. The speaker was the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP. The Chinese Staffroom identified 3 key themes, each of which are reported below along with informative relevant links:

Why Language Matters - The US Perspective

Interested in national language policy?

This short video from the Asia Society highlights the case for United States to improved foreign language and cultural understanding capacity.   Parallels to be drawn with the UK perhaps?

A new US Congress Bill called ‘The Excellence and Innovation in Language Learning Act’ was introduced to congress in August. The proposed legislation could potentially overhawl when and how languages are learnt in the US particularly from early childhood. 
To read the article please visit the following link.
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