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.

How Might I Structure Language Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

How Might I Structure Language Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

Chapter objectives

  • To summarise how children of three–five years learn.
  • To explore how children can best access another language.
  • To establish what makes them successful learners of the new language.
  • To offer some sample activities for each area of learning.
  • To look from a teacher’s perspective at how to plan ML into a stimulating curriculum.

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Teachers’ standards

A teacher must:


Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils


Establish a safe and stimulating environment for pupils, rooted in mutual respect


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


demonstrate consistently the positive attitudes, values and behaviour which are expected of pupils


Adapt teaching to respond ...

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