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Agenda

9:00 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:45 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr Rowena Kasprowicz
Dr Rowena Kasprowicz
Lecturer in Second Language Education
Institute of Education, University of Reading
Confirmed
9:55 am
Department for Education Update: Preparing for the Reformed Language GCSEs

This session will explore the updated guidance on French, German and Spanish GCSEs, following a public consultation and Ofsted research review.

Key discussion points will include:

  • Understanding how the ‘building block’ nature of the renewed focus on vocabulary for conversation, grammar and pronunciation will provide more clarity for teachers
  • Exploring how the reforms will bring more practical benefits for learners, and how schools can convey this to help support uptake of language subjects at KS4
  • Considering the introduction of ‘word families’ and how these can be used effectively in teaching and learning
  • The role of tiered assessments and non-exam assessments in ensuring the best outcomes for every pupil

This session will include time for questions.

Ian Bauckham CBE
Ian Bauckham CBE
CEO, Tenax Schools Trust and Chair, Ofqual
Panel Member, Review of Subject Content for GCSE Modern Foreign Languages, Department for Education
Confirmed
10:35 am
MFL Teaching and Learning – Encouraging Uptake and Pupil Engagement

In this session, access insights from the British Council on recent research into language learning, on  the importance of MFL teaching and learning to prepare pupils for life after school in an global society and learn more about how the British Council can support MFL teaching in your school.

This session will include time for questions.

Vicky Gough
Vicky Gough
Schools Adviser
British Council
Confirmed
11:00 am
Refreshments Break and Networking
11:20 am
Panel Discussion: Making MFL Accessible to All Pupils and Increasing Uptake Across KS4 and KS5

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to submit questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Highlighting online tools and resources freely available to help teachers and pupils alike to enhance MFL studies, making learning more engaging and accessible
  • Considering the nuances of teaching MFL with pupils with SEND, and pedagogical adaptations that can be made to ensure learners can effectively engage with the curriculum and assessment content
  • Discussing the needs of more able and talented pupils in MFL lessons, and how to ensure they are challenged and meet their full potential through language learning
  • Exploring wider barriers to uptake of MFL subjects, how the curriculum reforms may tackle these, and what schools can do to actively encourage a passion for language learning, including laying good foundations through KS3 and primary school
John Bald
John Bald
Independent Literacy and Languages Consultant, Former Ofsted Lead Inspector
Panel Member, Review of Subject Content for GCSE Modern Foreign Languages, Department for Education
Confirmed
Kim Bower
Kim Bower
Chair in Innovation in Languages Education, Sheffield Hallam University
Past President (2020-2022), Association for Language Learning
Confirmed
Victoria Hobson
Victoria Hobson
CPD Leader
National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy (NCELP)
Confirmed
12:00 pm
AQA Stream
Pearson Stream
AQA Assessment Update: Reflections on 2022 and Looking Ahead to Reform for GCSE French, German and Spanish

This session will reflect on outcomes of the 2022 exam season and share learnings ahead of the 2023 summer exams.

An update on GCSE reform will also form part of the session.

This session will include time for questions, as well as the opportunity for discussion with peers also teaching an AQA syllabus.

Judith Rowland Jones
Judith Rowland Jones
Head of Curriculum: Languages,
AQA
Confirmed
Pearson Assessment Update: Preparing Pupils for the Qualifications Reforms

This session will reflect on outcomes of the 2022 exam season and share learnings ahead of re-sits and summer exams in 2023.

There will be an analysis of the support package put in place for summer 2022, across KS4 and KS5, and what this could look like for those sitting exams in 2023, and beyond as the new curriculum is taught from 2024.

Clarity will be offered on grading and coursework expectations, as well as advice for teachers on priorities for continued recovery learning based on this year’s outcomes.

This session will include time for questions, as well as the opportunity for discussion with peers also teaching a Pearson syllabus.

Eva McManamon
Eva McManamon
Senior Qualification Manager for MFL
Pearson Edexcel
Confirmed
12:40 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:40 pm
Workshop: Repetita Iuvant - Supporting the Attainment of Fluency Through Meaningful Fun

The attainment of fluency – intended as the effortless and fluid retrieval of knowledge stored in long-term memory under communicative pressure – should be aimed at from the early stages of instructed second language acquisition for a number of reasons:

  1. Automatised knowledge tend to be more durable
  2. Non-automatised language is of little use when one processes language in real-time communication
  3. An L2 learner who can understand and produce language confidently and effortlessly is more likely to develop higher levels of agency than one who doesn’t

In this workshop, after briefly touching on the cognition of fluency, Gianfranco will provide examples of engaging low-preparation/high impact ludic activities which promote automatic receptive and productive processing.

Dr Gianfranco Conti
Dr Gianfranco Conti
Co-Author of Breaking the Sound Barrier, and Founder
The Language Gym
Confirmed
2:25 pm
Workshop: Teaching KS3 With The New GCSE in View

In this session we explore the implications of the new GCSE for our teaching now at KS3 (and soon at KS4), in particular:

  • Vocabulary – working with a defined content and what this means for listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Phonics – read aloud and dictation
  • Speaking – unplanned interactions
  • Reading – inference and depth of word knowledge

Ideas are exemplified with resources in French, German and Spanish that are freely available.

This session will include time for questions.

Dr Rachel Hawkes
Dr Rachel Hawkes
Co-Director, NCELP (National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy)
Director of International Education and Research, Cam Academy Trust
Confirmed
3:10 pm
Refreshments Break and Networking
3:30 pm
Workshop: Practical Ways to Effectively Utilise Tech for MFL Teaching and Learning

This session will provide insights into numerous platforms and approaches to using technology as part of learning loss recovery, exam preparation, and day-to-day lesson delivery.

You will take away a variety of ideas to trial in your own context, including:

  • Using Loom for flipped learning
  • How Genially can support oral and written language practice
  • Encouraging peer-to-peer learning through virtual projects via Padlet

This session will include time for questions.

Esmeralda Salgado
Esmeralda Salgado
Independent MFL Consultant and CPD Provider
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Workshop: Enhancing Speaking and Listening Skills through Interactive, Communicative Teaching

This session will include time for questions.

Lucy Dreznin
Lucy Dreznin
Head of German
Arden Academy Trust
Confirmed
4:30 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change