Free CPD event – linguistics in modern foreign languages

National Modern Languages SCITT in collaboration with The Linguistics in Modern Foreign Languages Project are holding a free online CPD event on Tuesday 14 March 4.00pm for language teachers and current language teacher trainees where they can learn more about linguistics and how to use it in the classroom to help engage students further in their learning.

Aimed at anyone teaching French, German or Spanish, attendees will learn more about linguistics and develop the knowledge and skills to include linguistics in their curriculum to deliver engaging content in the classroom and increase students’ competence in learning a language.

The session will be delivered by The Linguistics in Modern Foreign Languages Project, a team working to increase the uptake of modern foreign languages in schools by introducing students to the study of linguistics. The team consists of academics from Newcastle University, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, University of Sheffield, University of Westminster and University of Leeds.

Starting with a general discussion about linguistics, attendees at the event will be provided with practical solutions to develop students’ interest and curiosity in learning languages through a range of subjects related to the structure of language such as phonetics, the history of languages and morphology, the study of words and how they are formed and their relationship to other words in the same language.

This will then be followed by language specific sessions in French, German and Spanish, showcasing materials created with experienced classroom teachers which attendees can take away, adapt and use for their own teaching.

Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, Director of the National Modern Languages SCITT said: “We are constantly looking at ways to increase the professional development of our trainees and help to equip them with the skills and knowledge to become an accomplished languages teacher after they have completed their training. We are so pleased to be working with The Linguistics in Modern Foreign Languages Project to provide this unique opportunity to our current trainees and to anyone currently teaching languages.”

Michelle Sheehan, Professor of Linguistics at Newcastle University added: “Linguistics play such an important part in learning a language as it has the potential to help students with their language skills in interesting and nuanced ways.

“This CPD event is a great opportunity to continue the excellent work the project has achieved so far. We will be providing tried and tested materials and evidenced based solutions to help teachers include linguistics into their teaching practice and deliver engaging language lessons.”

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