Language learning in the Blogosphere

Top tips on teaching English.

Are you teaching English overseas? Or thinking of it? Charlotte Ogilvie, who taught English as a British Council Language Assistant, offers some practical tips. Part One. Part Two.

Top tips on teaching modern foreign languages.

How can teachers bring modern languages to life in the classroom? Davinia Hardwick, formerly a British Council English language assistant and now Head of French at a UK school, gives us her tips. Read more.

Top tips on learning.

Is living in a foreign country the best way to learn another language? Hannah Pearson, who’s working as an English language assistant in Mexico, shares her advice on immersing yourself in the language of the locals. Read her blog.

Top tips on culture.

'At first, the mix of Creole and French seemed daunting, but the result is that people are more accepting and open towards different accents.' Sarah Rainford, an English language assistant in Guadeloupe, explains why the experience is much more than just a beach holiday. Read more.

Employ a Language Assistant.

They're young, enthusiastic and keen to share their language and culture with pupils. The British Council's Charlotte Ogilvie explains why language assistants are such an asset to modern languages departments in UK schools. Read the blog.

Lost for words.

Latest evidence shows that, however important English is as a lingua franca, speaking only English is as bad as speaking no English. The All Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages sets out its Manifesto.

Learning Arabic.

Learning to read and write Arabic isn’t as huge a challenge as you think, says Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp. And it can be a real boost for careers in international organisations and diplomacy, as well as journalism, tourism and international trade.

Gender and language learning.

Women tend to dominate modern foreign language departments in the UK, but what effect can employing male language assistants have on schools and their pupils? The British Council’s Charlotte Ogilvie finds out. Read the blog.

Teaching Chinese.

Is teaching Mandarin Chinese as daunting as it sounds? The British Council's Charlotte Ogilvie hears from a few UK teachers, and shares some useful resources for teaching the language to primary school children. Read more.

Less pupils taking languages at A-level.

Fewer school students in England are choosing to study languages past the age of 16. Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley, authors of the Language Trends survey, explain what's causing the downward trend. Find out why.

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