Saturday, 27 February 2010

MYLO Update from CILT: Learn More About MYLO at The Education Show

(CILT Press Release)
At this year’s Education Show (4th-6th March), teachers of modern foreign languages will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of MYLO, an exciting new language learning resource due to launch on a closed trial basis at the end of the month.

MYLO (My Languages Online) will enable students aged 14 to 16 to learn French, German, Spanish and Mandarin through a wide range of challenges and activities, which include producing a computer game, working for a celebrity chef and marketing a theme park. It makes language learning creative and fun, and students can collaborate with peers to improve their ability and confidence.

MYLO has been developed in response to Lord Dearing’s recommendation in 2007 to create an Open School for Languages, which would recognise the growing importance of technology in language learning. It has been developed in line with the languages ladder, to complement the wide range of excellent resources already available for MFL teachers.

As well as specific challenges, MYLO has practice materials, online dictionaries, phrase books, background information and plenty of hints and tips, all of which have been developed with the input of educational bodies and MFL teachers and learners across the country.

Kathryn Board, Chief Executive of CILT, the National Centre for Languages, said: “A free resource as complex and innovative as MYLO, born from the collaborative efforts of some of the country’s top languages experts, is a gift to the modern languages world. With GCSE language take-up still in decline, we need to work together to give young people as many reasons as possible to want to continue with languages. MYLO will be a crucial factor in making this happen.”

MYLO will be featured on the DCSF stand throughout the show, so teachers and other members of the public will have the opportunity to try out the resource and offer their feedback. The presentation itself will take place at 10am on Saturday 6th March in the Secondary theatre, and will include a demonstration of MYLO as well as a Q&A session. The seminar will be given by Adrian Moss of Lightbox Education, and CILT Language Teaching Adviser Joe Dale.

“The success of MYLO rests on its capability to harness the potential of new technologies to create the sort of real, collaborative and personalised learning environment that young people find truly engaging and empowering for their own individual needs and passions,” said Joe Dale.

To sign up for MYLO, and get more information on how works, go to or visit the MYLO blog. To sign up for the Education Show seminar, click here.

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