LANGUAGES WITHOUT LIMITS
Teaching a language isn't just about words,
The concepts of 'language' and 'nationality' and 'other countries' are sometimes very difficult to grasp for children whose experience is limited to their immediate surroundings. The notion that life can be different from the way they experience it may grow almost imperceptibly as they begin to learn about other people and to experience new ways of expressing familiar ideas. Language learning, regardless of the level of skill the learner is capable of reaching, is the gateway not only to a new and wider world but also to a new understanding of one's own identity and of the possibility of growth and change. The resource and links on this page explore these issues in greater depth, examine their implications for language learning, and provide some support for educational programmes which attempt to provide a relevant cultural context for all learners.
The diagram below shows how traditional links with the foreign country can be reflected in the local community, so that , by using the local community as a resource, teachers can provide opportunities for those learners whose circumstances constrained to enjoy a wider range of experiences than might otherwise have been the case.
The Languages Plus model has long been used in most special schools where languages are taught. Indeed, special schools' notable success in inspiring interest in languages amongst learners for whom a foreign language is not an obvious subject for study, has been a catalyst for change in mainstream schools. Some examples of curriculum design based on this model can be found below.
Drummond School, Inverness, used a suite of National Qualifications units to build a
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Life in Another Country
Life in another Country: Life in Greece
[16.4.12] Languages all around you