Category Archives: research

Report on Foreign Language Learning in Europe

An interesting report on Teaching Languages in schools across Europe was published a few days ago. Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2012 is a joint Eurydice/Eurostat publication, produced in close cooperation with the European Commission. The report is based on four main data sources: Eurydice, Eurostat, the European Survey on Language Competences […]

“Language and your brain”

Just found this interesting infographic about the relationship between learning languages and your brain. The bottom section about the optimum age for your brain to be most efficient at language learning is a strong case for Primary Languages (hurrah!) but not such good news for my attempts to learn German (boo!). It doesn’t say you […]

#LanguageWorld2011 – Reframing languages

Reframing languages  – presented by Dr Shirley Lawes , subject leader PGCE languages at Institute of Education; Mark Reid, Head of Education, British Film Institute and Muriel Huet, Lampton School This talk reported on project funded by Esmee Fairburn Foundation carried out with 4 schools in conjunction with Institute of Education and the British Film Foundation Why use short […]

What I learned today! pt1

I’ve already blogged three times today about the INSET today with Ian Gilbert– twice during the INSET day and once when I returned home. However, I haven’t even scratched the surface! So, here is a summary of the key points I noted from session one. “Nothing is as dangerous as an idea when it’s the […]

Language World 2010 – Cynthia Martin

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYHTuUcC] The Keynote on Saturday morning at Language World was delivered by Cynthia Martin, President of ALL this year, and was report on research that she and others have carried out into Primary languages. Rather than try to write it all down, I took lots of pictures of the slides and made a movie. […]

I’m a WebFox!

Yesterday I took a Web Behaviour Test as part of BBC’s The Virtual Revolution – investigating how 20 years of the web has changed our lives. I was asked questions about my Internet useage, how much time I spent online and doing what, how much ‘multi tasking’ I did and my response to a number […]