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 Should I Begin to Offer Language Learning in KS1 and KS2?

How Should I Begin to Offer Language Learning in KS1 and KS2?

Chapter objectives

  • To explore how we might start to teach a language by reflecting on languages in the community, how languages are learned and how to include aspects of culture from the beginning.
  • To suggest appropriate activities for language learning in the first year and to note any differences between ML in KS1 or at the start of KS2.
  • To establish throughout the strategies that are likely to make children successful learners of a new language.
  • To offer some sample activities.
  • To look from a teacher’s perspective at how to plan ML into the curriculum.

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Teachers’ standards

A teacher must:


Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils


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