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 Does Language Learning Offer a Primary School?

What Does Language Learning Offer a Primary School?

Chapter objectives

  • To explore the nature of language learning at the primary stage.
  • To suggest ways in which language learning can benefit children.
  • To suggest ways in which teaching a language can benefit a school.
  • To make links between Primary Framework English and language learning.
  • To make links between approaches to English as an additional language (EAL) and approaches to language teaching.

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Teachers’ standards

A teacher must:


Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils


set goals that stretch and challenge pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions


Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils


be aware of pupils’ capabilities and their prior knowledge, and plan teaching to build on these


Fulfil wider professional responsibilities


make a positive contribution to the ...

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