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.

Where to Next? How Can I Embed Language into the School Day and the Wider Curriculum?

Where to Next? How Can I Embed Language into the School Day and the Wider Curriculum?

Chapter objectives

  • To consider briefly what psychology research says about the relative roles of ability and aptitude, motivation, attitudes, task setting and learning styles.
  • To address the issues of differentiation and personalisation.
  • To explore a range of different aspects of progression through examples from practice from both KS1 and KS2.
  • To explore a model of progression through four levels of cross-curricular integration.

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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


Plan and teach well-structured lessons


contribute to the design and provision of an engaging ...

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