LANGUAGES WITHOUT LIMITS
A survey of Modern Languages in Special Schools and Mainstream Units in Scotland in 2002 looked at MFL provision for learners who were attending special schools or who were in mainstream schools but attending specialised provision within the mainstream school for part of their day. It aimed to see whether such learners' entitlement to opportunities for foreign language learning were being met and how such opportunities were being organised.
The researchers used four variables to describe provision:
Who taught the course a language specialist or a learning support specialist, or both.
The context a mainstream MFL class or a different location within the school.
Time full or reduced time allocation.
Outcome whether the course provided resulted in formal assessment and certification.
The researchers were at pains to point out that they were not making judgements about one type of provision over another, merely to demonstrate that schools were devising a range of models in an effort to meet the range of needs presented by the learners who were in their school.
In this workshop you are invited to consider the variables and to plot your current MFL provision for learners with additional support needs against a similar matrix. There is room for you to add other variables you may wish to consider.
The full report can be found here: