Think differently

Creating a climate for innovation in language learning 

“If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.” 

More than ever the world needs young people who are internationally-minded and able to participate positively in an interconnected and interdependent world. This means promoting a step change in our approach to multilingualism and cultural awareness. This is why the ‘Think Differently’ project has been set up. 

Through the Think Differently project we want to create an international network of schools engaging in a series of micro-projects to explore new approaches to language learning. 

We know that there are new and exciting opportunities worth exploring. Technology, for example, is offering new ways to engage in language learning. Students can communicate more easily with native speakers using tools like Skype and mobile apps can deliver frequent bite-size multimedia activities to learners in compelling ways. 

Importantly, we know there are groups of young people who want to engage in language learning for the first time. There are other groups that want to re-engage in language learning having had a poor experience first time around or who have chosen to specialise in other academic subjects but would still like to continue to be involved in language learning. 

This project is about inspiring and exciting young people and their teachers to try something different. It is not about squeezing out an extra few marks in a formal exam, although it might do that too! It is about reaching young people who want to join or rejoin the life enhancing experience that is language learning. 

An invitation 

We hope you will want to join us. At the moment we want to encourage and support schools and individuals keen to try small scale projects. 

Projects can be formal or informal, take place in school or outside of normal curriculum time. They might involve teachers, classroom assistants, mixed aged classes, local and online communities. 

To support schools we have created the documents available to download below.

These pages are designed to help schools interested in participating in this exciting project.

Watch the case studies of innovation from our 11 March event.