British Council Seminar Learning languages in the primary school (event 0421)
|Event Date/Time: Feb 20, 2005||End Date/Time: Feb 25, 2005|
|Early Registration Date: Nov 30, 2004|
The purpose of this multinational event is for participants to share their experience of early language learning and to use the recent developments in the UK, particularly in Liverpool, as a case study to explore current issues. The challenges involved in implementation of the policy will be addressed through discussion and debate and participants will be encouraged to explore ways in which the issues in their own particular countries can be resolved.
Main topics include:
• approaches to initial and continuing teacher education
• national Languages strategy
• curricula, methodology and resources
• transition from primary to secondary education
• ICT links
• visits to local primary schools
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS SEMINAR?
The seminar is designed for professionals engaged in language learning from around the world where projects in MFL early education are being introduced: teacher trainers, inspectors, advisers, project leaders, heads of schools, heads of departments, curricula developers. It is also of interest to those with responsibility for the strategic direction of early language learning. Sessions are interactive and emphasis is placed on sharing experiences so as to create and foster a network to shape developments and initiatives in this field.
Teresa Reilly is Bilingual Projects Manager, British Council, Spain. For the past eight years she has been responsible for managing, jointly with the Spanish Ministry of Education, a project teaching English to 15.000 children through an integrated Spanish/English infant and primary curriculum. She is also involved in the Teacher Trainee Exchange programme between the Spanish Government and the DfES Teacher Training Agency (TTA). She contributes articles to language magazines, has written EFL textbooks and is an experienced teacher trainer.
Liz Kelly is Senior Effectiveness Officer Languages for Liverpool Education and Lifelong Learning Service. Since 1991 she has had responsibility for overseeing the development of Modern Foreign Languages in Liverpool schools. She manages the Liverpool Primary Modern Foreign Languages Project which involves seven advisory teachers, eight advanced skills teachers and twenty two foreign language assistants supporting Liverpool's 160 primary schools in the teaching of French, Spanish or German to pupils from age three to age eleven. Liz also works for the Office for Standards in Education as an inspector of primary, secondary and special schools.
Head of Languages, Alsop High School
Teacher Training Agency
Headteacher, Alsop High School
National Director for Languages, Department for Education and Skills
Advisory Teacher Primary German, Liverpool Education, Library and Sports Services
Reader in Language Education, Strathclyde University
*Subject to change