A Languages Education Research Group event
As part of our commitment to our partnership schools, we are inviting secondary and primary modern languages mentors, other ML colleagues, ECTs, current trainees and colleagues with an interest in ML to attend our professional development and research meetings.
Each meeting addresses a current theme in the field of languages education and offers a stimulating range of inputs, discussions and an opportunity for the sharing of good practice and innovative thinking from members of our thriving languages community.
What Matters for Language Learning?
We will be joined by Professor Nicola McLelland. Nicola is the Head of the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, and Professor of German and History of Linguistics, at the University of Nottingham. Besides working on the history of language learning and teaching (most recently, the history of bilingual dictionaries), she has recently been commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to scope out future directions for funding languages-based research.
Nicola McLelland will introduce the new PISA framework for assessing foreign language competence. PISA, the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment measures 15-year-olds’ ability in various subject areas and has for the first time added foreign language learning to its PISA 2025 cycle. In this first cycle, only English as a foreign language is being assessed, but Nicola will outline how it will work, and why we need to know about this framework to help us in talking about the importance of languages learning, about how to measure language competence, and about what affects success in language learning. A key reading will also be made available at the workshop.
The second part of the programme will focus on the annual University of Nottingham ITE Partnership of Schools Literature, Poetry and Song Competition. There will be an opportunity to hear about some of the projects which have taken place in schools this year and the competition results will be announced. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a contribution to the second part of the programme.
Refreshments will be available from 16:15.