Rachel Hawkes, Co-Director of NCELP, presented the following session at the Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching & Research (NICILT) at Queen’s University Belfast on 14 June 2021.

Making the case for change: championing challenge and calming concerns

This introductory session examined the key drivers of curriculum planning and the core components of language learning, providing answers to the question, “What does an excellent languages curriculum look like?”

Session summary:
The most dangerous phrase in the language is “we’ve always done it this way”’ (Rear Admiral Grace Hopper).

In this session we challenge ourselves to understand the rationale for a new approach to languages curriculum design. As teachers we make 100s (1000s!?!) of decisions every day and in schools, change is often the only constant, but we also lack time for bigger picture reflection and therefore may resist knowledge that takes us out of our comfort zone. There will be free resources and teaching ideas, too

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