Success Stories from Secondary Foreign Languages Classrooms

Models from London School Partnerships with Universities

December 2016
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    9th December 2016
  • ISBN 9781858567884
  • Language English
  • Pages 158 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.5"
  • Images figures

With the benefits of the university contribution to initial teacher education in the spotlight, this book illustrates what successful university–school partnerships can offer. The six case studies describe best practice from across London ITE partnerships, where a strong theoretical framework underpins languages learning in secondary school. Against the backdrop of ever-changing policy and ever-evolving theory, this book highlights practical approaches that will keep students learning languages after the age of 14.

"This book is full of ideas that remind the Language teaching community how important our work is, and how collaboration and creative planning reinforce principles we espouse: the motivation of lifelong Language learners, and of resilient Language teachers in our classrooms. The examples and reflections are highly relevant to elements of the new curriculum and exams. Furthermore, they are realistic and show how professionals working together tackle our ongoing challenges positively."

Steven Fawkes, Association for Language Learning

"Success Stories from Secondary Foreign Languages Classrooms is a seminal text for all reflective practitioners who strive to make the communicative environment a stimulating, effective space day in and day out. Each story offers insight into engaged, creative practice, raising pertinent questions and providing possible solutions for all those navigating the diverse challenges of the current MFL landscape."

Anneli McLachlan, MFL educator, consultant and writer

"All colleagues involved in languages education – trainees, heads of department and teacher educators alike – will find this publication fascinating reading. The wide range of topics covered are timely in how they deal with recent developments in the national curriculum, and offer tremendous insight into ongoing concerns in language teaching, such as primary–secondary transition, assessment and building resilience in school language departments. The practical ideas and links to research offer inspiration for transforming language teaching practice."

Ruth Bailey, University of Bristol

"This book is testament to the invaluable and irreplaceable working partnerships developed by providers of teacher training and schools, facilitated by the beginner teacher. It is an informed collection of research-based investigations which provides current guidance to all language teachers in leading the teaching of languages during the changes in curricula, assessment and value of languages in the pupils’ educational experience."

Andy Jackson, Gladesmore Community School

Foreword by Ann Swarbrick


1. Teachers as emergent critical researchers of practice by Jane Jones

2. Creating and nurturing resilient foreign languages teams by Anna Lise Gordon

3. Making the most of the Year 7 mixed experience classroom by Caroline Conlon

4. Using literature in the key stage 3 foreign languages classroom by Fotini Diamantidaki

5. Teaching literature to promote creativity in foreign language learning by Simon Coffey

6. Breaking out: Film in the foreign languages classroom by Colin Christie and Shirley Lawes

7. Translation in secondary school foreign languages teacher by Glennis Pye

8. Formative assessment as contexts for developing autonomous language use and autonomous language learning by Marian Carty and Judith Rifeser

Colin Christie

Colin Christie is Lecturer in Languages in Education and subject leader for the PGCE Languages course at the UCL Institute of Education, London.

Caroline Conlon

Caroline Conlon is Lecturer in Languages in Education and subject leader for the PGCE Languages course at the UCL Institute of Education, London.