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 Research Tell Us About the Integration of Languages into the Curriculum?

What does Research Tell Us About the Integration of Languages into the Curriculum?

Chapter objectives

  • To outline the major elements of communicative language teaching and task-based language teaching and to relate these to a primary context.
  • To offer a definition of content and language integrated learning (CLIL) and show how research has evaluated it.
  • To offer a framework for CLIL curriculum design, drawing on Coyle’s (2006) 4Cs curriculum and categories of language and learning and on the Cummins matrix (1984).

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Teachers’ standards

A teacher must:


Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge


have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas, foster and maintain pupils’ interest in the subject, and address misunderstandings


demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in ...

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