Get yourself prepared for the new languages curriculum with this great collection of materials. We have lots of blogs and resources giving you insight, advice and handy tips on how to make the transition from September.


Have a read of the national curriculum chats led by our languages adviser, Rachel Hawkes.


We had policy experts from the DfE answering questions about the changes to the languages curriculum. Read the transcript here.


For more information and advice, you can also head over to our languages forum, where you can join fellow teachers discussing all things MFL.



The new languages curriculum 2014: What you need to know

Rachel Hawkes, TES languages adviser and president of the Association for Language Learning, unpacks the changes to the new curriculum.



Primary languages


The primary languages curriculum and the ALL

The Association for Language Learning is the national subject association for teachers of languages, with a membership of over 4,000 teachers. Wendy Newman, Professional Officer, Association for Language Learning, explains what the association offers to all those involved in primary languages education.

The new primary languages curriculum: Change you'll recognise

Lisa Stevens, Primary language and International coordinator in the West Midlands and ALL member, provides some initial thoughts on the primary languages curriculum 2014.

Resources to help you make sense of the new KS2 languages curriculum

Suzi Bewell, PGCE tutor for languages at the University of York, reviews a collaborative project between the Institut Français, the Association for Language Learning and Network for Languages, to provide a wealth of free resources to support non-specialist primary teachers of French.


Why paper dictionaries are still important for language learning

Lisa Stevens offers some ideas for developing dictionary use with learners at KS2.



Secondary languages


The new secondary languages curriculum: Look back to look forwards

Starr Green, KS3 Co-Ordinator in MFL in Chesterfield, explains her thinking and planning in response to the curriculum changes for languages.


Lost in translation?

Rachel Hawkes, current president of ALL and TES languages advisor, explores the implications for languages teaching and learning of translation from and into the target language.


Classroom talk: Strategies to build communication

Classroom talk has a pivotal role to play in enabling learners to develop the ability to communicate in the foreign language as described in the new curriculum Programmes of Study. Rachel Hawkes signposts a few TES resources that support the development of spontaneous target language communication.



KS2 and KS3 Languages: Blurring the boundaries

A series of blogs exploring the areas of overlap in learning in the new 7 – 14 languages curriculum:


1. Literature


Literature and its role in the languages classroom

Steven Fawkes, Association for Language Learning Fellow, Trustee and Membership Officer, explores the definition of literary texts and ways of working with them at KS2 and KS3, and tells us about a new ALL Literature project.


Languages curriculum for Key Stage 3: Literacy, languages and ICT

Suzi Bewell, ALL member and PGCE tutor for languages, highlights the many benefits of including literary texts in language learning at KS2 and KS3, and includes suggestions of what to include.


2. Cross-curricular language learning


Liberation awaits with cross-curricular language learning

Kathy Wicksteed, former ALL President and director of FLAME, describes the benefits of cross-curricular language learning at KS2 and KS3.

3. From phonics to transcription – a small step


Phonics to transcription: Linguistic leap or logical link?
Rachel Hawkes, current president of ALL and TES advisor for languages, examines the role of the sound-writing relationship for language learners 7 – 14.

4. Foreign languages and English


‘I have no doubt that the learning of a second language supports literacy’
Liz Black, Chair of the ALL Primary Languages Special Interest Group, describes the benefits to language learners at KS2 and KS3 of providing a culture-rich curriculum, which offers new knowledge that is both linguistic, intercultural, and new, harnessing the power of new technologies to blur the boundaries.



Learning Mandarin:


Mandarin Makes Sense

Katharine Carruthers, Director of the IOE Confucius Institute, writes about why Chinese should be on offer as one of the language choices for students.


How 6-year-olds can do the impossible: Mainstreaming Primary Mandarin

'Why should an otherwise sane and responsible headteacher take the plunge with Mandarin?' James Trapp, explains why teaching Mandarin at KS2 is justified.