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5-STAGE TEACHING CYCLE

Ce soir
Teaching a Unit of work: an example linked to the 5-stage cycle (pdf)
Location: Structuring learning
 


ACCESS LEVELS IN SCOTLAND

Example of cross-curricular course design
How one special school used SQA courses to devise a cross-disciplinary curriculum centred on the Unit Life in Greece (pdf)
Location: Workshop 16

Foundation level and Access 3: What's the difference?
A summary of the similarities and differences (pdf)
Location: Workshop 16

Help with planning
A suite of 16 worksheets to help with planning Access programmes in Modern Languages (Scotland)
Series A: Delivering the curriculum. Series B: Exploring opportunities for progression and enhancement (pdfs)
Location: Workshop 16

Provision
A summary of Modern Languages provision at Access levels in Scotland (pdf)
Location: Workshop 16

Summaries of assessment
At levels 1, 2 and 3 (pdfs)
Location: Workshop 16

Topics
Notes on topics to be studied in each of the National Units at Access levels (Scotland) (pdf)
Location: Workshop 16
 


ACTIVE LEARNING

Active learning and modern languages
Suzanne Milne's presentation on Active Learning (PowerPoint)
Location: Active and multisensory learning

Active and multisensory learning
A copy of the page text (pdf)
Location: Active and multisensory learning

An approach to collaborative writing
A sequence of activities designed to develop confidence and accuracy, to support some learners and to challenge others (pdf)
Location: collaborative learning

Examples of active tasks
Treasure hunt (pdf)
Christmas (pdfs)
Location: Active and multisensory learning

Introducing new concepts
Some thoughts on using multisensory support for learners who have difficulty with concepts
Location: Active and multisensory learning

Using games etc.
How do I know they are getting it right? (pdf)
Location: Active and multisensory learning

Using multisensory resources
Maximising the potential of multisensory resources
Location: Active and multisensory learning

What is meant by multisensory teaching?
Some ideas for enhancing teaching.
Location:
Workshop 14
 


ASSESSMENT

Assessing accuracy in spelling
FAQ (pdf)
Location: assessment meeting learners' needs


AUTISM

Autism reference grid
Implications for teaching modern languages (pdf)
Location: Workshop 8

Autistic spectrum disorders and learning foreign languages
Vivienne Wire's article for Support for Learning (pdf)
Location: Learners on the autism spectrum

Case studies
Mini case studies arising from information provided by users of this website (pdf)
Location: Learners on the autism spectrum

Children with Asperger's Syndrome in primary school: difficulties with foreign language learning
Fabrizia Baso's dissertation for the University of Venice - in English and Italian (pdf)
Location: Learners on the autism spectrum Action research

Communication and interaction difficulties
Vivienne Wire's contribution to Special Educational Needs in Europe (pdf)
Location: Learners on the autism spectrum

Learning a second language - everyone's right, or not right for everyone?
Vivienne Wire's research for her Masters Degree (pdfs)
Location: Learners on the autism spectrum

Questions and answers
Questions posed by users of this site, and Vivienne Wire's answers.
Location: Learners on the autism spectrum
 


BARRIERS TO LEARNING

Introduction: Understanding barriers to learning
A suite of resources for teachers or for use by teacher trainers:

Why aren't they learning? A copy of the introduction in pdf form
Location: Why aren't they learning? Understanding barriers to learning

A Power Point presentation offering a way of visualising barriers and their implications for teaching (ppt)
Location: Workshop 2

A copy of the points on the points on the Barriers main page (pdf)
Location: Understanding barriers to learning

Two interpretations of the same idea, for use with students, including follow-up and teacher's notes (ppts, pdf, Word)
Location: Independent learning and Workshop 4

Working together
Working with Support colleagues to identify barriers to learning and to plan responses
Location: Working together and Workshop 6

Modern Languages for all – or for the few?
This article appeared in Issue 5 of the Scottish Languages Review, published online by the Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and research, but is currently unavailable from the SCILT website.
Meantime you can download it here (pdf)
Location: Understanding barriers to learning

Prerequisite skills
Downloadable version of page (pdf)
Location:
prerequisite skills

Some common barriers
A copy of the points covered on the page of the same name (pdf)
Location:
Some common barriers

Writing as a possible barrier to learning
Workshop task (pdfs)
Location: Workshop 3
 


BEHAVIOUR - see under 'Motivation'


BENEFITS OF LANGUAGE LEARNING

European perspective
Some extracts from
Special Educational Needs in Europe: the teaching and learning of languages (2005) (pdf)
Location:
Why?

Exceptional withdrawal from modern language learning in mainstream schools
An extract from Europe, Language Learning and Special Educational Needs (SOEID, 1997)(pdf)
Location:
Why?

Foreign language learning and inclusion. Who? Why? What? and How?
Hilary McColl's article from the Support for Learning journal 2005 (pdf)
Location: Why? Languages Plus

Keynote speech
Delivered by Hilary McColl at ECML at the inauguration of the LangSEN Project 2004 (pdf)
Location: Why?

Can all children benefit from language learning?
Some benefits are not predictable
An extract from Modern Languages for All by Hilary McColl (pdf)
Location: Why? Workshop 1

What is language learning FOR?
Some quotations from a variety of sources (pdf)
Location: Why?
 


COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

An approach to collaborative writing
A sequence of activities designed to develop confidence and accuracy, to support some learners and to challenge others (pdf)
Location
: collaborative learning

Example
An active, collaborative task suitable for mixed ability groups in the run-up to Christmas (pdfs)
Location: collaborative learning
 


CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Action research
Research papers from postrgraduate students on inclusive approaches to teaching MFL
Location: Research

Maximising Potential
Various documents relating to the LTS project (pdfs, ppts)
Location: Max

Storytelling
Notes on storytelling
Reviews
Location: Storytelling

Sounding out learners' opinions about language learning
Sample questionnaire (pdf)
Location: lucky dip

Working Together / Collaborative Practice
Documentation from earlier projects (pdfs)
Location: Archives

See also under 'Workshops'
 


CROSS-CURRICULAR ISSUES

Modern Languages for All?
A look at the linguistic, social and cultural aims of foreign language learning (pdf)
Location: Languages plus Linking locally

Diagram
Linking to what is near and familiar, as well as to what is distant and unfamiliar (pdf)
Location: Linking locally

Examples
Three examples of how schools have used the local community as a starting point for cultural experience and language learning (pdfs)
Location: Linking locally

Examples
Three examples of tasks involving interdisciplinary working (pdfs)
Location: In-school lnks

Examples
Using current affairs as triggers for language work:
Police dogs (pdf)
Hurricanes (pdf and Word)
Location: lucky dip

Examples
Whole-school or cross-surricular activity to mark the European Day of Languages or similar:
Treasure Hunt (pdf)
Mini School of Languages (pdf)
Location: lucky dip

Planning links
Some worksheets to help with planning various kinds of links, in and out of school (pdfs)
Location: Workshop 15

Virtual Christmas presents
Example of an activity that takes in Languages, Citizenship and Enterprise (pdf)
Location: lucky dip

What is language learning really for?
Some quotations from a variety of sources.
Location: Languages plus Why?


DEAFNESSsee under 'Hearing impairment'


DOWN'S SYNDROME

Case study
A case study based on a research project carried out as part of the Chartered Teacher Professional Development Programme in Scotland (PDF)
Location: Down's Action research
 


DYSLEXIA

Dyslexia reference grid
Characteristics of dyslexic learners and implications for MFL (pdf)
Location: Workshop 7

Contribution to EU report
Extract from Special Educational Needs in Europe – the teaching and learning of languages (pdf)
Location: dyslexia

Foreign language learning and dyslexia
Dr Crombie's findings are summarised in this article (pdf)
Location: dyslexia

Some tips to help support dyslexic learners
Location: dyslexia


DYSPRAXIA

Dyspraxia, visual stress and foreign language learning
Article giving a student's perspective.
Location: Additional support needs


ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE

English verb groups
Regular and irregular verbs listed with deaf learners in mind (pdf)
Location: deafness

Research report
Students comparing policies and provision in placement schools in UK
Location: EAL Action research
 


HEARING IMPAIRMENT and second language learning

Adapting MFL in the curriculum to meet the needs of deaf students (Why? and How?)
An updated version of Hilary McColl's 2006 article for the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (pdf)
Location: deafness

Curriculum access
Notes from 2005 Scottish Sensory Centre seminar for Teachers of the Deaf (pdfs)
Location: deafness

Disabled and Multilingual
A deaf student's account of her experiences of language learning at university (pdf)
Location: deafness

English verb groups
Regular and irregular verbs listed with deaf learners in mind (pdf)
Location: deafness

European briefing: Sign languages
Extract from Newsletter 3 of the ELLSEN project (see below) (pdf)
Location: BSL

Europe, Language Learning and Special Educational Needs (SOEID 1997)
Section 3E: Pupils with hearing impairments (pdf)
Location: deafness

Examination results
Scottish Qualifications Authority summary of results for deaf or hearing impaired candidates 2005-2010 (pdf)
Location: deafness

HI reference grid
Supporting deaf learners in MFL (pdf)
Location: Workshop 9

Modern Languages in mainstream schools and special units in Scotland 2002
Research report. Extracts relating to provision in MFL for deaf pupils (pdf)
Location: deafness

The early learning of English as a foreign language by hearing impaired children, with particular reference to curriculum modification in special needs schools
Anne Stoppock's thesis for the University of Cologne. Full paper in German (pdf)
Summary in English (pdf)
An account of the research, in English (pdf)
Location: deafness Action research
 


IMPROVING LEARNING

See also under 'Learning to learn' (above)

Consolidating learning
Note the importance of Stage 3 in the 5-stage cycle (pdf)
Location: Structuring learning and Workshop 12

EPSEN:
Extract on collaboration and the 5 roles of support teachers, from the ESPSEN Report (pdf)
Location: Working together to support learners

Memorising new language
How memory works and implications for language learning
Location: Capturing language

Scaffolding learning
Creating paradigms of possibilities
Location: Capturing language

Reference grids
Characteristics of learners with specified needs, and implications for support in MFL (pdfs)
Locations: autismWorkshop 8; dyslexia–Workshop 7; deafness–Workshop 9
Blank grid for your own use (Word)
Location: Workshop 6
Further uses for planning grids (pdf)
Location: Workshop 6
 


INCLUSION – in the context of foreign language learning

3 ingredients
Basic ingredients of successful foreign language courses, and implications for teaching (pdf)
Location:
Why? Inclusive practice Languages Plus

Effective MFL/SEN
A dissertation by PGCE student.
Location: Research

European perspective
Some extracts from Special Educational Needs in Europe: the teaching and learning of languages (2005) (pdf)
Location: Why?

Exceptional withdrawal from modern language learning in mainstream schools
An extract from Europe, Language Learning and Special Educational Needs (SOEID, 1997)(pdf)
Locarion:
Why?

Features of inclusive classrooms
A checklist detailing features of the curriculum which were found to have a positive effect on access to effective learning (pdf)
Location: Inclusive practice

Foreign language learning and inclusion. Who? Why? What? and How?
Hilary McColl's article from the Support for Learning journal 2005 (pdf)
Location: Why? Languages Plus

Inclusion matrix
Reviewing inclusive provision in MFL (pdf)
Location: Workshop 10

Inclusive practice
A copy of the page text (pdf)
Location: Inclusive practice

Keynote speech
Delivered by Hilary McColl at ECML at the inauguration of the LangSEN Project 2004 (pdf)
Location: Why?

Managing change
Reactive and proactive approaches to meeting learner's needs
Extended rationale for Maximising Potential project Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 & 4 (pdfs)
Location: Max

Managing learning in mixed ability classes
Copy of page text (pdf)
Location: Managing learning

Meeting learners' needs
A copy of the page text (pdf)
Location: Learners' needs
How am I doing?Auditing current practice / Action plan (pdfs and Word)
Location: Workshop 11

Reviewing inclusive provision
Some patterns of MFL provision observed in mainstream schools (pdf)
Location: Workshop 10

Some benefits are not predictable
An extract from Modern Languages for All by Hilary McColl (pdf)
Location: Why?

Structuring learning
The 5-stage cycle. A copy of the page text (pdf)
Location: Structuring learning
Auditing current practice (pdfs and Word)
Location: Workshop 12

Teaching a mixed ability class
Article by Susan Bremner on action research into mixed ability teaching carried out in her MFL classes as part of the requirements for Chartered Teacher status in Scotland (pdf)
Location: Managing learning Action research

What is language learning FOR?
Some quotations from a variety of sources (pdf)
Location: Why?
 


INDEPENDENT LEARNING see under 'Learning to learn'
 


INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Accessible authenticity: using internet resources with school foreign language learners in difficulty (pdf)
David R Wilson
Location: ICT

Applying new technologies appropriately to foreign handwriting recognition difficulties (pdf)
David R Wilson
Location: ICT

Building bridges to inclusive education through appropriately applied technologies (pdf)
David R Wilson
Location: ICT

Using information and communications technology to inlcude learners with additional support needs
Copy of page text (pdf)
Location: ICT

References to support inclusion in modern language learning with information and communication technologies (pdf)
Richard R Wilson
Location: ICT
 


LEARNING TO LEARN

Do you sometimes get stuck?
A PowerPoint presentation to use with pupils (ppt)

Why do you get stuck?
What can you do about it?
A PowerPoint presentation to use with pupils (ppt)

Picture bank
To use in association with the two PowerPoints (Word doc)

Notes
For use with these PowerPoints (pdf)

Location: All to be found under Independent Learning
 


MOTIVATION

Checklist: Improving motivation
Features of programmes which succeed in improving the motivation of low-achieving or under-achieving students(pdf)
Location: Motivation, behaviour and learning

Modern languages for all - or for the few?
An article from the Scottish Languages review about learners' need to experience themselves as successful language learners if they are to be motivated and engaged, and the implications for teaching. National (Scottish) policy has moved on since 2005, but the main point of the article is still relevant (pdf)
Location: Motivation, behaviour and learning

Motivation, behaviour and learning
A copy of the webpage text (pdf)
Location: Motivation, behaviour and learning

Why aren't they learning?
What's stopping them?
Location: Why aren't they learning?
 


PHONICS

Near-beginner learners of French are reading at a disability level
Article by Lynn Erler, reproduced here with permission (pdf)
Location: phonics

Practical reflections on the sound/spelling link
Article by Llewlin Siddons, reproduced here by permission (pdf)
Location: phonics
 


PROFOUND AND COMPLEX NEEDS

Some thoughts about how learners with profound and complex needs might be included in a progressive programme of communication leading towards participation in cultural and linguistic studies (PDFS)
Location: Other needs
 


READING

Applying new technologies appropriately to foreign handwriting recognition difficulties (pdf)
David R Wilson
Location: ICT

Near-beginner learners of French are reading at a disability level
Article by Lynn Erler, reproduced here with permission.
Location: phonics

Practical reflections on the sound/spelling link
Article by Llewlin Siddons, reproduced here by permission.
Location: phonics

Prerequisite skills (pdf)
Location: prerequisite skills

Reading as a stimulus for writing
Example of a task for use with learners (pdf)
Location: lucky dip

 


SPEECH, LANUAGE AND COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES

Language and the curriculum - practitioner research in planning differentiation
MFL chapter from the book by Deirdre Martin and Carol Miller (pdfs)
Location: SLCD

Introducing new vocabulary
Some thoughts on support for learners who have difficulty with concepts (pdf)
Location: SCLD

Correcting and developing concepts
An example
Location: SLCD
 


SPEAKING

Communicative principles
Some workshop tasks to prompt thought on these (pdf)
Location: Workshop 13

Developing the art of conversation
Some ideas for encouraging learners to say more (pdf)
Location: Using the target language

Semi-scripted dialogues (examples)
1. Chez le médecin (pdf)
2. Je suis malade (pdf)
Location: using the target language

Mind maps
Using mind maps to support semi-structured dialogue
Location: lucky dip using the target language

Using the target language in the classroom
A copy of the page text (pdf)
More thoughts on using the language for real purposes (pdf)
Location: using the target language

Storytelling
Working towards pupils telling the story themselves. See notes on storytelling (pdf)
Location: Storytelling
 


VOCABULARY LEARNING

Introducing new vocabulary
Some thoughts on support for learners who have difficulty with concepts (pdf)
Location: SCLD

Memorising vocabulary
Storage and recall
Location: Capturing language
 


WORKSHOPS

Autism reference grid
Implications for teaching modern languages (pdf)
Location: Workshop 8

Blank planning grid (pdf and Word)
Location: Workshop 7, 8, or 9

Dyslexia reference grid
Characteristics of dyslexic learners and implications for MFL (pdf)
Location: Workshop 7

HI reference grid
Supporting deaf learners in MFL (pdf)
Location: Workshop 9


WRITING

An approach to collaborative writing
A sequence of activities designed to develop confidence and accuracy, to support some learners and to challenge others (pdf)
Location
: collaborative learning storytelling

Reading as a stimulus for writing
Example of a task for use with learners (pdf)
Location: lucky dip


Writing as a possible barrier to learning

Workshop tasks (pdfs)
Location: Workshop 3

Assessing accuracy in spelling
FAQ (pdf)
Location: assessment

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