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Creating a climate for innovation in language learning
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.
Watch this workshop which explores what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning.
Video 1 - Setting the scene: innovation day
At the event we also launched our new ‘Think differently’ project. The British Council will be inviting teachers to join an international network of incubator schools engaging in a series of micro-projects to explore new approaches to language learning. It will be a great opportunity to ‘Try something new!’
At the workshop we looked at examples of innovative teaching from around the world. Presentations were followed by group discussions and opportunities for networking. At this special event we brought together people from different fields, including informal educators, technologists and change leaders, as well as teachers, to share perspectives and experiences.
For ‘Think Differently” in 2015 we explored three themes.
- Approaches to immersive learning
- Harnessing technology and gaming.
- The motivational impact of pupil choice and autonomy
To succeed, the ‘Think Differently’ project needs enthusiastic, thoughtful and open-minded people to join us. We welcome your participation.
Approaches to immersive learning
Outstanding results from a totally immersive school learning environment
Duncan Bathgate, Headteacher, Bealings Primary School
Content and language integrated learning in French, Spanish and Mandarin
Neil Strowger, Headteacher, Bohunt School
The motivational impact of pupil choice and autonomy
Putting young people in control of their language learning
Bernadette Clinton, Language Futures project manager, and Catherine Jenkinson-Dix, Headteacher, Ely College
Connecting and challenging gifted and talented pupils to push their learning in a safe and supported environment
Adam Boddison, Director, Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick: IGGY project
Harnessing technology and gaming
From school clubs to statutory: introducing a new subject to schools with success and enthusiasm
Rik Cross, Head of Education and Sophie Deen, International Development, Code Club
Plan Ceibal Uruguay – teaching English through online distance learning
Graham Stanley, British Council