ALL The Association for Language Learning
This site requires membership but does allow you to browse useful information and articles about the world of language teaching and also has many useful links. They have also joined forces with the National Centre for Languages CILT to create a website for those interested in ICT and Languages.
This is a new way of recognising achievement in Foreign Language Learning and of encouraging the lifelong learning of languages. It supports the DfES's National Languages Strategy and is designed to provide accreditation for learners of all ages and abilities. It is tied in with the Languages Ladder and adheres to the principles of the Common European Framework for Languages.
Online access to the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, everything you need to know about this examination board
Business and International Communication (SOLVIT)
This is a new and well maintained site by RLN, BLIS and CILT. It is an excellent resource for businesses but also gives teachers an insight into the importance of communication in the Interational World of Work. The site has a 3 pronged approach under the headings of Spoken, Written & Visual and Cultural communication
A business partnership headed by Graham Davies which specialises in the development and retailing of CALL software, CALL consultancy and ICT training for language teachers. It also has an amazing A-Z Webliography of Websites associated with language learning. This is well worth a visit.
Now known as the National Centre for Languages, CILT is the Government's recognised centre of expertise on languages. The organisation's mission is to promote greater capability in languages amongst all sectors of the population. It offers a wide range of services for teachers, learners, researchers, users and providers of language services and the business community. It also provides links to other key organisations such as LanguagesICT ( ICT ideas and guidance for teachers), NACELL (National Advisory Centre on Early Language Learning), Languages Work* (Inspiration & Advice for Languages and Careers) and BLIS ( Online Business Language Services).
The UK Government's Website containing important documents and guidelines referring to the National languages Strategy and the Framework for teaching Modern Foreign Languages Years 7,8 and 9 (2003).
Online access to the EDEXCEL examination board.
Foreign Language and Culture
A Website which provides an A-Z of useful links to foreign language sites around the world.
GED online diploma
A US resource centre offering links to various language learning tools.
A comprehensive catalogue of language-related internet resources and information in 76 different languages, from Arabic to Welch. Very easy to navigate and well worth a visit.
Institute of Education
The University of London's website maintained by Dr Norbert Pachler. You can find thematically ordered links to interesting websites for the teaching of French, Spanish, German and Italian. It also has links to educational news, articles and jobs in languages.
Stu Hasic's 'Double Jeopardy' is a computerised (Windows) version of the TV Quiz Show, but you get to build the questions you like on any subject you like. Ideally suited to languages!
This Website from CILT and ALL provides a gateway to information and guidance for teachers of languages on using ICT in the classroom. It contains useful ICT ideas, effective language lessons, International ICT news and much more.
A Scheme developed by the DfES designed to endorse competence in Foreign Language Learning. This would give people credit for their language skills and form a ladder of recognition from beginner level to a standard which sits alongside GCSE, A Level and NVQs. This site offers all you need to know about this voluntary recognition scheme.
The Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. The Centre is hosted by the University of Southampton. It's mission is to foster world-class education in languages by promoting good practice and identifying emerging issues. The website is a source of information, useful links and resources which promote language learning. They have also developed some excellent promotional material called 'Why study Languages' which can be ordered from them for a small fee.
Keep up to date with current affairs in France with the online version of this French Newspaper.
Keep up to date with current affairs in Spain with the online version of this Spanish newspaper.
For those of you interested in making your own PodCasts as a class project or as a teaching tool, the BT website provides a comprehensive guide on how to make a school radio broadcast, called The Internet Radio Kit For Schools. For an example of PodCasting being used succesfully in school, visit the Partners in Excellence website, a Scottish initiative, where a range of Podcasts have already been developed to support language learners.
Preparing for Ofsted:MFL
This site gives guidance on how to fill out the Self Evaluation Form (SEF) and lots of advice and guidance on how a Modern Foreign Language department should be managed, from lesson monitoring to gathering evidence.
Keep up to date with current affairs in Italy with the online version of this Italian newspaper.
Research into ICT & MFL
Does the use of ICT really impact on pupil learning and attainmentin MFL? These 2 reports by BECTA attempt to answer this question using key research evidence. Report 1: ImpaCT2 (part 4, Section 9 - MFL) and Report 2: What the Research says about using ICT in MFL. Interesting reading.
The online version of the German magazine Spiegel.
The online version of this German Newspaper.
A site developed by the DfES as a resource to support the teaching profesion. Its section on Learning and Teaching using ICT is particularly helpful, as is the Online Support Pack for ICT & MFL which contains lesson plans, multimedia resources, ICT support materials, video clips and case studies of good practice.
The online version of the Times Educational Supplement
A continually updated database to help you find the best education resources on the internet, in all subjects.
An online version of the television channel for teachers. The Video Library for MFL is particularly useful as it contains a range of videos for pupils. It also has videos for teachers which deal with issues surrounding Engaging the Class, Assessment for Learning and ICT & MFL, and much more.
Training and Development Agency (TDA)
A rich source of information for teachers and anybody considering a career in teaching.
The Qualification and Curriculum Authority, responsible for regulating, developing and modernising the curriculum, assessments, examinations and qualifications.
There are two useful websites run by Robert O'Dowd to provide Foreign Language educators with useful links and resources, for exploiting video conferencing technology, to develop their students' foreign language skills. The first site is Video Conferencing in Foreign Language Education and the second is Telecollaboration.
The online version of the German newspaper.