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Free CPD Course

MFL Curriculum Design and Pedagogy

Research-informed French, German and Spanish teaching at KS3 and KS4 for higher uptake and greater success at GCSE

Five free 2.5 hour remote learning sessions over one term, complemented by online peer and instructor support.

CPD modules: Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar, Curriculum Design and Assessment, Meaningful Practice

Places are free but will be limited

Applications open in 2021 for afternoon/ twilight courses starting Spring 2022.

One teacher per school can apply to attend (recommended for HoD or Trust Subject Lead).

An open-access online self-study course will be available for all.

Self Access Sessions

We are aware of a groundswell of interest in NCELP: some schools are teaching the NCELP Schemes of Work to Year 7 classes in 2020-21 and there is a demand for teacher professional development.  As a result, we have put together a series of self-access NCELP professional development sessions, for any teachers interested to learn more about the pedagogy.

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Phonics Part 1 – Research and Rationale

This 27 minute video focuses on the importance of developing phonics knowledge: the why, what, how, how often of phonics. It outlines the selection of specific SSC (symbol-sound correspondence) and suggested order of teaching. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

Phonics Part 2 – NCELP approach to teaching phonics

This is the second of two phonics videos focusing on the importance of developing phonics knowledge. This presentation focuses on the research underpinnings and rationale for explicit phonics teaching in the UK classroom context. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

Vocabulary Part 1 – Research and Rationale

This is the first of two vocabulary sessions. This 48-minute video provides an overview of the research that supports the NCELP approach to teaching and learning vocabulary in a foreign language. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Vocabulary Part 2 – Teaching and Learning Vocabulary

The second of two vocabulary videos, this 32-minute presentation focuses on the importance of developing vocabulary knowledge. It is research and practice informed and focuses on key principles: frequency, mixed word class, and spaced re-visiting. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Grammar

This 33-minute video develops the ideas from the pedagogy review, and explores their foundation in research, to arrive at a set of concrete planning principles for the teaching and learning of foreign language grammar in the classroom context. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Introduction to the NCELP Schemes of Work

This 15-minute presentation sets out the principles and key features of the NCELP schemes of work. This presentation was part of a 1.5 hour CPD session for NCELP lead school teachers in September 2019. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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New Ofsted framework and NCELP

This short video outlines the key evidence criteria from the new Ofsted framework and sets them alongside NCELP’s curriculum principles to show their alignment. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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KS2 Transition

This sessions considers KS2-3 transition for foreign language teaching. It includes some evidence from research about the effectiveness of teaching primary foreign languages, emphasising the importance of trying to help primary-secondary transition from within schools themselves – from the grassroots. It also provides some ideas from practice about how this might happen. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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KS2 Grammar

This 50-minute video explores KS2 grammar teaching in terms of both the foreign language curriculum and the English curriculum. It considers the role of metalanguage and terminology we can build on from KS2; discusses the benefits of developing learners’ knowledge about language; explores the role of language analysis and cross-linguistic analysis in L2 learning; and introduces some examples of activities to promote cross-linguistic comparisons. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)

This video, recorded during the Hub Day webinar in July 2020, looks at the role of digital technologies in supporting language learning. It considers the benefits of CALL and models for its use, before looking more closely at how it can support vocabulary learning and oral practice outside the classroom. Practical examples of using Quizlet, Audio Vocabulary Learning Homework and Oral Homework are shared and linked to the NCELP scheme of work. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Assessment Part 1 – Phonics

This is the first of three videos which outline the principles, design and creation of NCELP’s assessments. This one focuses on phonics. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Assessment Part 2 – Vocabulary

This 20-minute video focuses on NCELP’s vocabulary assessment. It is part of three videos on the principles, design, and creation of these assessment. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Assessment Part 3 – Grammar

This 30-minute video outlines the principles, design, and creation of NCELP’s grammar assessment. It is final of three sessions on assessments. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Text Exploitation

This 55-minute video by Suzanne Graham, NCELP Research/Subject Specialist at the University of Reading, provides an introduction to the research and pedagogical rationale for exploiting texts in the foreign language classroom. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Use of the Target Language – Part 1

This presentation, split into two videos, is on using target language in foreign language teaching. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Use of the Target Language – Part 2

This video is the second part of two sessions on the use of the target language in foreign language teaching. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Phonics Revisited

This 18-minute video is part 1 of 3 presentations which supported the NCELP Teacher Research Group (TRG) session on Phonics, Vocabulary and Grammar (PVG) Revisited. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Vocabulary Revisited

This 24-minute video is part 2 of 3 presentations created to support the NCELP Teacher Research Group (TRG) session on Phonics, Vocabulary and Grammar (PVG) Revisited. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Error correction

This 70-minute video on error correction in oral (and written) production covers the following: understanding relevant extracts from The Pedagogy Review; a brief history of error correction; raising awareness about the main types of correction; and evidence for effective correction. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Building an evidence portfolio

This 30-minute presentation explores how to build a portfolio to support evidencing teachers’ progress towards achieving greater knowledge and confidence in delivering the recommendations of the MFL Pedagogy Review (2016). This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Overview of Year 8 Scheme of Work

This 19-minute video outlines the design of NCELP’s Year 8 Scheme of Work (SOW). There are also subject-specific sessions. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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French Year 8 SOW

This 43-minute video is the subject-specific part of the Y8 scheme of work session for French. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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German Year 8 SOW

This 36-minute video is the subject-specific part of the Y8 scheme of work session for German. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Spanish Year 8 SOW

This 27-minute video is the subject-specific part of the Y8 scheme of work session for Spanish. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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GCSE consultation

This hour-long video explains the purpose of the GCSE Subject Content document, compares the 2015 and draft 2021 Subject Content documentation, and draws out the implications thereof for teaching and assessment. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Assessment and making it work for your context – digital tools

This 30-minute video explores ideas on how to use digital tools to support formative assessment needs in modern foreign language teaching. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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An Introduction to NCELP

On 23 November 2020, over 200 Language teachers from all over England came together to learn about our research-informed MFL teaching approaches and resources. Video recordings from all the sessions are available along with a Q&A document.

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Differentiation – higher proficiency learners

This 20-minute video is part of the Teacher Research Group (TRG) on Differentiation held in June 2021. It explores how the NCELP Schemes of Work (SOW) can support and challenge higher proficiency learners. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Differentiation – lower proficiency learners

This 15-minute video is part of a suite of materials on the subject of differentiation in the NCELP SOW. It explores how NCELP’s resources can be tailored to support lower proficiency learners. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Differentiation – French

This 23-minute video is one of three subject-specific sessions on supporting lower-proficiency learners through differentiation. It explores how the French SOW can be adapted for these learners. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Differentiation – German

This 20-minute showcase is one of three subject-specific sessions on supporting lower-proficiency learners through differentiation. It explores how the German SOW can be adapted for these learners. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.

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Differentiation – Spanish

This is an 18-minute showcase of differentiation within the Spanish SOW. It one of three subject-specific session on supporting lower proficiency learners through differentiation. This video is available to watch on YouTube and download from the Research Portal, link buttons below.