The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Educational Engagement team work to support teachers and students of languages in secondary schools. We organise a range of on-campus and off-campus activities designed to encourage students of all three secondary Key Stages to study languages, and to work with teachers to aid teaching of specific areas of the curricula.
We facilitate an MFL Teachers Network which brings together teachers from schools locally and regionally three times a year to discuss topical issues in the field of language teaching and enjoy professional development sessions. If you would be interested in joining this group, which meets in schools across Leeds, please contact Esther Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We also host CPD days for languages teachers, usually in the spring, which we endeavour to make as useful and applicable for teachers as possible, by focusing on content aspects of the exam board specifications. Please contact Esther Harper if you would like to be put on the mailing list to find out details about these when they are confirmed for the next academic year.
We are pleased to introduce a set of new materials for A-Level teachers of French, Spanish and German, aimed at teaching film and literature as part of the new A-Levels. They have been designed to offer guidance to MFL teachers in selecting and teaching these aspects of the curricula and we hope that they make a positive contribution to the experience of teachers as they transition to teaching the new qualifications.
- Teaching French Film and Literature
- Teaching French Film and Literature 2
- Teaching German Film and Literature
- Teaching German Film and Literature 2
- Teaching Spanish Film and Literature
- Teaching Italian Film and Literature
- Teaching Russian Film and Literature
We have also developed a collection of films Teaching Foreign Languages to support those who will be delivering the new A levels in French, German and Spanish. You can view the collection here
"Because I study a language..." is a set of fun and inspiring resources for use in schools, designed to encourage students to think about the experiences and opportunities linked to language learning. We asked undergraduates from the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield and York St John University to tell us about an experience of theirs, made possible by studying a language. We have brought together some of the best responses in a slideshow which aims to provoke students to think: "What if I studied a language". The presentation can be set up on a loop and used in languages classrooms, on school websites and during language/culture immersion days.
Further enquiries about any of our work supporting language teaching in schools can be sent to Esther Harper