Active learning

Active learning“Pupils’ enthusiasm for learning is increased considerably through the vast range of exciting activities on offer.” (The changing landscape of languages: an evaluation of language learning 2004/2007, Ofsted, 2008)

Primary languages offers many opportunities for children to develop an active engagement in their learning. Children are encouraged to explore the new language collaboratively through games, songs and rhymes and to show what they have learned through simple conversations, role-plays and short performances.

Active learning does not imply that children need to be running around the classroom every lesson. In listening to a story or poem children are able to actively engage with the new language in a safe and familiar environment. 

Even children who are not yet ready to join in orally can connect enthusiastically with their learning and gradually develop their confidence by observing others and showing they understand through a physical response.

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