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Free online training opportunities for Language teachers

To support the language teaching community during the COVID-19 lockdown, Linguascope has put together a series of free webinars.

You can find a list of upcoming webinars on our Training Events page.

If you have missed some webinars, you can catch up by watching the recordings below:

Show & Tell Webinar

A webinar where participants were invited to present and their ideas, tips, resources and good practice. The presentations included:

Speaking assessments: Bookended projects

Developing speaking abilities in second language learners is a primary goal of language educators. Assessing our students’ competence is naturally integrated with our teaching.

This session will lead you through a process used in French as a Second Language courses with diagnostic, formative and summative assessments adapted for many grades and levels to allow students to talk about themselves in an interesting and organized way. Although developed for secondary schools (ages 14-18) in Core and Immersion, this works for students from A1-B1 and could be enhanced for B2 and modified for younger students. The ideas flowed from DELF where interviews start with “tell me about yourself” and continue with asking students to reflect on their learning and progress as their language competencies improve. These projects are easily suited for many languages, including English Language Learners.

These projects were normally done in the classroom but adapt well to remote learning.

Beverly Kukhta-Jackson is currently an instructor/advisor at Brock University, Faculty of Education in Ontario, Canada. She previously taught for many years as Head of Languages in secondary schools in Hamilton, Ontario but started in elementary school. French is her second language and she worked long and hard to develop her skills as a communicator and constantly works on becoming a better teacher. She is a co-author of Tu Parles 1 & 2 and On Parle from R.K. Publishing. She has delivered many workshops for the Ontario Modern Language Teachers Association and is on the Board of Directors for that organization. She has also spoken at conferences for ACPI – Association Canadienne des Professionels d’Immersion, at the World Congress of The Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes and various other professional development sessions.

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Additional resources: Examen oralJe me présente (Introduction orale)Je me présente (Criteria)Là où je dorsMes accomplissementsQui suis-je ?

Let’s get talking! Developing fluency and spontaneity

How can we engage students with speaking practice during lockdown? And how can technology help us? During this session we will be looking at a variety of activities, resources and websites that you and your students can use to practise speaking, both in the classroom and whilst teaching online . We will also explore strategies to develop fluency and spontaneity. We will discuss the use of target language, potential barriers and strategies to overcome these, including how to develop self-efficacy amongst your learners.

Paula Mourelle is a very passionate linguist and native speaker of Spanish. She teaches languages in a secondary school in the West Midlands. She is an advocate of research based practice and high impact teaching and learning. Paula endeavours to foster a love for languages amongst her students and develop their cultural awareness and communication skills.

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Efficiency in a Time of Covid-19

This is a strange time to be a linguist: both for us and for our students. This session will present a variety of ideas that can be used to develop students’ cultural awareness, build their linguistic detective skills, set student work, provide feedback and still find time to enjoy your lockdown. If you are struggling to find the time to plan and mark your students’ work, or if you are getting everything done at the expense of sleep or time with your family, you might find some of these ideas useful. It is not a one-size fits all solution, but an amalgamation of ideas that can be used from the comfort of your sofa.

Amanda Kimberley is the Head of Modern Languages at a large, single-sex secondary school in the East Midlands where she spends the majority of her professional life explaining to her students that she is American, not Canadian. This is often done in French or Spanish, which explains why they keep asking. She runs the Northampton ALL Secondary Language Hub and firmly believes that quality language teaching doesn’t have to involve working every evening.

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Language: Primarily imitated? Or Self-Selected?

Language is omnipresent in all of humanity. Put two or more individuals together and it just seems to bubble up. In some cases, it does not even take the minimum of two. Many are willing to simply talk to themselves.

So, how does it happen…This ‘language’ thing? Is it that we have learned to efficiently imitate one another over the years? Or might there be another element afoot? Could it be that the language inside each of us is self-selected? And if that were true, how might you accommodate that reality within your classroom instruction?

This webinar will respond to all of these questions with examples for classroom usage.

John De Mado directs John De Mado Language Seminars, LLC, a full-service consulting firm dealing exclusively with language acquisition issues. His workshops (virtual and onsite) and keynote addresses have given him access to wonderful language teaching colleagues around the world. John has authored several textbook programs in Spanish, French and ESL as well as composed and recorded a series of instructional French and Spanish rap CD/DVDs entitled La Boutique Magique, Une Boum Cool, ¡Festejemos! and ¡Somos Campeones! respectively. Each features original raps designed to transmit specific linguistic functions and related vocabulary, structure, and syntax. In March of 2018, Mr. De Mado’s latest professional development book for language educators, entitled In Search of Language: Enhancing Language Acquisition in the Classroom made its debut.

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Supporting Reading Strategies in Distance Learning

Language teachers are familiar with pre-, during and post- reading strategies and activities. In the current environment of emergency remote learning, how can we effectively engage these same strategies? What technologies exist to support teachers in supporting effective reading? During this webinar, we will examine several free options to support all stages of the reading process. Please note: examples in French only.

Jennifer Rochon has been a secondary FSL teacher in Toronto for 19 years, where she is her school’s department head of languages. She is a Past President of the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association and has consulted with Canadian Parents for French and TVO’s Independent Learning Centre. She is currently completing her Master’s of Education through Nipissing University. Twitter: @happyteacher

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Featured resources: J’aime lireC’est comique !Vrai de Vrai

Beyond the physical classroom: Nurturing language learning and creativity through film

This session focusses on how film can be a vehicle to engage pupils in learning languages. Judith will provide lots of practical examples that can be shared directly with pupils and she will also discuss how a Scheme of Learning can be built around a film. She will exemplify how film can be used to promote all skills, including a fifth, namely intercultural understanding. Judith will provide examples in different languages and all film examples are provided with links to access them on the internet.

Judith Rifeser is an MFL Teacher, ALL London Committee Member and filmmaker. She has taught MFL and EAL in the UK, Spain, Italy and the US in primary, secondary and HE. She now works on the ITE Sec PGCE Lang Programme at Goldsmiths and teaches German at the IoE. Before that, she was Head of KS5 German and schoolwide Teaching and Learning Facilitator in a London secondary school. She is passionate about film(making) and has worked with Into Film and the BFI to develop engaging resources. Twitter: @rifjudy

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Translation for all – Motivating translation tasks in and out of the classroom

Are Translation exam questions ‘real’ translation tasks? I believe Translation can be used effectively and creatively in and out of the classroom to get pupils to understand idioms better and the culture from Target Language countries. This session will consider a wide range of translation activities to develop pupils’ knowledge of syntax, the complexity and accuracy of their sentence-building as well as their cultural awareness. (KS2 to KS5)

Isabelle Jones is an experienced Head of Languages and a qualified translator/interpreter with more than 25 years’ experience in primary and secondary language teaching. She enjoys sharing good MFL practice through her blog, My Languages and Twitter (@icpjones)

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We are all in the same boat!

We are all in the same boat: having to set work for all our classes. Jennifer will be sharing in this session the tools she is using, the type of work she is setting (for different skills) but also some creative projects and activities. She still wants her pupils to think that learning a language is fun and interesting so join her and she’ll show you what she’s been planning.

Jennifer Wozniak has been teaching for ten years in Lancashire. Since September 2018 she is Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning. She is also a SLE for languages and T and L. She has a real passion for teaching languages. Twitter: @MissWozniak

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Embedding phonics in language learning

This will be a demonstration of how to embed phonics in the teaching of a foreign language using a sound, action, spelling system. It is a simple 7 step teaching process and suggestions of classroom activities for each step will be given. The examples will be in French but are suitable for most languages.

Sue Cave is an independent primary languages consultant and trainer for Cave Languages as well as an author of language resource books. Her teaching experience has been in primary, secondary, adult education and TESOL sectors. She is passionate about the importance of teaching phonics explicitly to all learners.

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A Game of Two Halves – Strategies, tactics and set pieces to develop speaking and writing

In this webinar, Vincent will outline how to give your pupils a Game Plan to know they can successfully extend and develop their speaking and writing in a foreign language.

Vincent Everett has taught languages for over 30 years. He is head of department in a comprehensive school in Norfolk and is found on Twitter as @veverettmfl. His talk at the 2019 Linguascope Teach Languages Conference was inspiring and we have asked him back to develop some of his ideas in a live online webinar. Don’t miss it!

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Building cultural capital and encouraging independent language learning during lockdown

Suzi Bewell is a passionate language teacher and trainer with over 20 years experience. A strong believer in the importance of including culture in every lesson, Suzi works closely with the British Council as an ambassador to promote international partnerships with schools abroad. Suzi is also a regular conference speaker and contributor to magazines and publications such as ALL Languages Today, Sanako, TES, and SecEd. She teaches in two schools and also runs her own successful languages consultancy, Polly Glot Languages.

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Advice and resources to support language teachers in response to the Coronavirus outbreak

In this practical session, Joe Dale, independent languages consultant from the U.K. shares some timely advice on how to get started with remote teaching as a language teacher. Joe has collated a comprehensive resource including advice and tutorials to support you during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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TiLT Webinars

Linguascope has teamed up with the London Branch of ALL (the Association for Language Learning) to offer a programme of free webinars of the theme of Technology in Language Teaching (TiLT).

To find out about upcoming webinars and watch the recordings of past webinars, visit the ALL London website.

Facebook group

If you are on Facebook, we encourage you to join the Modern Languages Teachers’ Lounge, a group for language professionals to share ideas, tips, and resources, ask for advice or support, advertise jobs, and much more.

8 replies on “Free online training opportunities for Language teachers”

These webinars have been so informative and helpful during this difficult time. I find due to cover and costs we rarely go on any courses. Everything has to be done after school or accessing MFL forums.

Thank you for sharing the resources.
However, I am having issues with downloaded the presentation + resources for “Beyond the physical classroom: Nurturing language learning and creativity through film” (the Academia site wants my credit cards details). Are both documents available as it was for the others?

Anouck, the resources are free to download and there is no requirement to enter any card details. Be sure to click on ‘Download’ and click on ‘Original PDF’, and not ‘Bulk Download’ or ‘Summary’, as both ‘Bulk Download’ and ‘Summary’ indeed prompt the need to upgrade to a different version of academia.edu.

How can we access the ‘certificates’ from the webinars?
Thank you, due to cost and time we hardly ever allow to go to any CPD’s.

The certificate is emailed to you automatically when you’ve watched a webinar live. If you haven’t received anything, it’s worth checking your spam folder.

Hello, my certificate for yesterday ( Efficiency in the time of Covid) hasn’t arrived, and isn’t in spam. Thank you.

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