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ERIC Number: EJ830215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
A Potential Library for Primary MFL Pedagogy: The Case of "Young Pathfinders"
Hunt, Marilyn; Barnes, Ann
Language Learning Journal, v33 n1 p68-74 Sum 2006
As readers of this journal will know, 2010 will see all KS2 (ages 7-11) pupils in England entitled to learn a modern foreign language in normal curriculum time. This development of the commitment to primary language learning should provide an excellent opportunity and experience for pupils, while at the same time requiring some radical changes for many teachers, schools, and much of the wider language learning community. Recent research shows general trends suggesting an increase in primary languages already, in anticipation of this development. Teachers involved in primary foreign languages need support in order to provide an opportunity and experience for pupils. One possible source of support for teachers is through published material. This article focuses on the "Young Pathfinder" series published by CILT, the National Centre for Languages, which provides a valuable source of help, support, and advice for the specialist and non-specialist alike in the primary languages arena. The authors discuss seven key themes that are relevant in reviewing the series as a whole. These are: (1) planning and managing primary foreign language learning; (2) engaging young learners in foreign language learning; (3) foreign language methodology and pedagogy; (4) linguistic competence and confidence for non-specialist teachers of young learners; (5) foreign languages and the wider primary curriculum; (6) progression and transition to KS3; and (7) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in primary foreign language learning. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)