I'm a teacher at a secondary school in the UK and I'm aiming to begin a research project looking at a few aspects of education that my school and department are focusing on at the moment. I really want to find out about good practice in schools outside the UK, so if any of you work in schools which are particularly strong on any of the following (or can point me in the direction of a particular school) I'd really appreciate it. I do already have some contacts around the world, but the more I have, the better! The things I'm looking at are: - using target language with beginners in MFL lessons - using literature (poems, short stories etc) with beginners in MFL - narrowing the achievement gap between certain groups of students, e.g. boys & girls, disadvantaged students, ethnic minorities etc - improving behaviour and generating a positive attitude to school and learning Sorry for all the terrible management-speak! If you know anyone, anywhere in the world, who I might be able to talk to about any of this, please let me know. Cheers!