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.

Self Access Sessions

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. The handout referred to in the video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button 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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button 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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The handouts referred to in the video are available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The handouts referred to in the video are available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. More information about the presentation and the video itself can be found on the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The materials mentioned in the presentation, including a summary of the research discussed, are available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

Use of the Target Language Part 1

This presentation, split into two videos, is on using target language in foreign language teaching. The handouts referred to in the session are available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The handouts referred to in the session are available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The handouts referred to in the session are available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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). The materials referred to in the video are available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

French Year 8 SOW

This 43-minute video is the subject-specific part of the Y8 scheme of work session for French. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

German Year 8 SOW

This 36-minute video is the subject-specific part of the Y8 scheme of work session for German. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

Spanish Year 8 SOW

This 27-minute video is the subject-specific part of the Y8 scheme of work session for Spanish. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The materials referred to in the video are available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.

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. The video is available to download from the Research Portal, link button below.