The new Programme of Study (PoS) for MFL will start from September 2008. It is a thought-provoking document that encourages languages teachers to take their curriculum content into their own hands and seems to turn its back on vocabulary spoon-feeding and topic-based transactional exchanges.
I will agree that “Languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work” and that they contribute “to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment”.
I also approve of the key concepts-linguistic competence, knowledge about language, creativity and intercultural understanding- and key processes-developing language-learning strategies and language skills.
It goes without saying that we need to work with the whole curriculum dimensions: Identity and cultural diversity, healthy lifestyles, community participation, global dimension and sustainable development, enterprise, technology and the media and creativity and critical thinking.
But… what about this compelling language learning thing?
Here is the “recipe for compelling language learning” I concocted from the materials currently available about the new PoS:
• Has clear objectives shared with students
• Engages students
• Is authentic
• Develops creativity by making connections between ideas
• Is regularly assessed in different ways and with shared criteria
• Has a memorable original context
• Is active learning
• Can be problem-based
• Can be enquiry-based
• Is cross-curricular and includes literacy, numeracy, citizenship
• Can be themed work
• Can be joint curricular work
Can you help me to complete my blogstorm?