LANGUAGES WITHOUT LIMITS
Interdisciplinary learning enables teachers and learners to make connections in their learning through exploring clear and relevant links across the curriculum.
Linking Modern Languages to other areas of school life can take any number of forms, some simple, some more complex. Here are some of them:
– Managing or contributing to school links with the local community or communities overseas.
– Contributing to school events, such as open days, fund-raising, etc.
In the foreign language class
– Explicitly linking foreign language topics to other subject area in the minds of learners. E.g. referring to Mathematics when learning and practising numbers, currency, weight, distance, etc. or to Home Economics when learning vocabulary for food, meals, healthy eating, etc.
– Taking steps to find out what overlapping topics are taught in other subjects, and when, and then aligning foreign language teaching to coincide with teaching in overlapping areas.
– Selecting texts and topics for language study which focus on real issues; texts that may relate to other subject areas, school life generally, learners' interests, culturally interesting topics, etc.
– Designing tasks which have a focus or a purpose that transcends the walls of the classroom, involving the local community, national life or international contacts.
– Exposing learners to the full range of languages taught in the department/spoken in the school / used in the local community.
– Ensuring that, as far as possible, common terminology is used for English, classical, community and foreign languages.
– Collaborating with a colleague from another subject area so that some parts of the syllabus are taught by colleagues in other disciplines, (e.g. European Geography in the Social Subjects department.)
– Collaborating with a colleague from another subject area so that an aspect of their subject is taught in the foreign language.
– Teaching the whole of another subject in the foreign language (sometimes referred to as Content and Language Integrated Learning – CLIL).
Text book examples
Existing language text books do sometimes make an effort to reach out to other subject areas, so it's worth checking any copies you have lurking in your cupboard.
As an example, here are some of the personal and social issues covered in the foreign language by MLG Publishing:
healthy eating; monitoring likes and dislikes in the school canteen; the effect of drink on the body and on behaviour; modifying drinking behaviour; personal relationships and problems; crime and punishment; caring for pets; making booklets, finger puppets, christmas cards.
Drummond School, Inverness, used a suite of National Qualifications units to build a
A whole school activity to mark the European Day of Languages, or similar
Virtual Christmas presents: taking in Languages, Citizenship and Enterprise
A possible link with Geography?
[Links last checked 26.2.11 unless otherwise indicated]
Learning across the curriculum
Science across the world
This ALL website looks at how languages can work more closely with other subjects, exploring three aspects: • Skills development • A multidisciplinary approach: slavery • Links to individual subjects http://www.all-nsc.org.uk/nsc/?q=node/64
Developing the four capacities through modern languages: focusing on successful learners in primary schools.
The European Centre for Modern Languages
The place of 'culture' in the foreign language classroom A reflection by Ramona Tang of the University of Singapore http://iteslj.org/Articles/Tang-Culture.html
The General Teaching Council Scotland
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO resource for modern languages
Scientix: the community for science education in Europe
Highlights: Pan EU Youth: a place for expression for young European Citizens
Human rights in the curriculum: French
[3.3.11] Science Education
[18.3.11] Letters from the front line
[29.6.11] Ideas and resources for language work across the curriculum (CLIL)
[15.6.11] Literacy across learning
[14.7.11] Fabriquons un orchestre!
[14.7.11] Links to Rachel Hawkes' pages on CLIL
[4.8.11] An experience of Citizenship in Modern Languages
[15.9.11] Global handwashing day: October 15th
[29.9.11] Towards an integrated curriculum – CLIL National Statement and Guidelines
[12.12.11] Water cycle lesson in Spanish
[27.3.12] Links with Music: European Music Portfolio (EMP): A Creative Way into Languages
[29.6.12] Citizenship Education in Europe
[21.10.12] E-CLIL The European Resource Centre