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Realising the Strategic Importance
of Languages
Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tuesday, 11th January 2011
Brought to you by:
Links into Languages North East & Routes into Languages North East
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Realising the Strategic Importance
of Languages
Professor Eric Cross
Dean of Cultural Studies, Newcastle University
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Realising the Strategic Importance
of Languages
Baroness Jean Coussins
All Party Parliamentary Group for Languages, House of Lords
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Realising the Strategic Importance
of Languages
Richard Hardie
Vice Chair, UBS Ltd
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the session we will have:
 explored ways of thinking differently about language
learning in schools
 shared examples of our own best practice from curricular
organisation to classroom craft
 started to develop strategies for our own schools in
realising the strategic importance of languages
 gained a deeper understanding of the national 'languages
landscape'
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Learning Outcomes
We will do this by:
 using de Bono’s Thinking Hats to partition each aspect of
our thinking on this matter
 sharing our feelings, worries and doubts as well as the
brilliant work we already do
 sorting our strategies into quick wins and longer term
changes
 starting to put down some actions to implement back at
school
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Learning Outcomes
We are doing this because:
 The face of languages teaching and learning is changing
dramatically and we need to react positively and
strategically!
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Connect the Learning (3 minutes)
 Mark
on the feel-o-meter to show how
you feel about the current state of
languages given the key notes and your
own experience
Use your red hat
when you want to
talk about emotions
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Activity – on your own (5 minutes)
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On your own, on yellow post-its, jot down the positive
features of the current state of language learning
On the pink post-its write down the negative features (you
might want to jot these down on your own graphic organiser too.)
Use your black hat
when you want to be
cautious, talk about
barriers and negatives
Use your yellow hat
when you want to be
positive – what great
things are you already
doing?
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Activity – as a group (5 minutes)
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Are there any common themes? As a group, discuss if you
can group both positives and negatives together under
common themes –
“Timetabling is a theme for us – some of us only get 1 hour a
week whereas some of us have 10 minutes Spanish every
tutorial session through the whiteboards!”
Theme
Positives
Negatives
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Activity – in groups (5 minutes)
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Green hat thinking splurge – write as many ideas as you
can, no matter how “out there” about how best to realise
the strategic importance of languages, one idea per green
post-it
Use your green hat to look
at opportunities and ideas.
Remember this session is
about sharing and gleaning
ideas with and from others!
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Activity – in groups (5 minutes)
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Create a diamond ranking using one copy of your post-its
At the top, put the idea which will have the most
impact down to the least impact
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Activity – in groups (5 minutes)

Now mark on the post-its which ideas are quick win
and easy to implement as well as those that are
longer term strategy with many implications (it is a
good idea to jot these down on your own graphic organiser too.)
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Demonstrate new understanding
– in school groups (20 mins)
Use your blue hat to look at
planning needs – choose
your top most impactful and
easy(ish!) to implement as
well as more strategic ideas
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Review – question time!
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Whilst you are working on your planning, note down
any burning questions you may like to ask the panel in
the question time session. Make sure they are noted
down with your name and question and given to the
facilitators.
Review this with your whole group at the end of the
session.
Your name
Your
question
To which
panel
member (if
you have a
preference)
Your
facilitator
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Panel – Burning questions
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Dr Liz Andersen
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Baroness Jean Coussins
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Vice Chair UBS Ltd
Bernadette Holmes
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Peer of the Realm & Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Modern
Languages
Richard Hardie
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Head of Modern Languages, Newcastle University & University Council of
Modern Languages
President Elect of the Association of Language Learning
Dr Michael Wardle
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Deputy Headteacher, Framwellgate & additional inspector for Ofsted
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Close & Thanks
Many thanks to everyone for coming and/or logging on!
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handouts, please visit the event pages
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