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DfES / MFL website... what happened to it?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by tafkam, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    I vaguely remember a few years ago the then DfES getting behind (or maybe even setting up itself?) a website that was going to be the next big thing in MFL.
    Does anyone else remember it? I'm sure it had a funny name...
    What happened to it? Did it die before the change of government?
     
  2. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Is it Mylo?
     
  3. dalej

    dalej New commenter

    Here is the link http://www.hellomylo.com

    Best wishes

    Joe
     
  4. MYLO has gone very quiet after all the publicity at its launch. It was destined to revive languages post-KS3 v. the Dearing Review under the heading Open School for Languages - now transmogrified into MYLO. But there are dozens of websites that do a better job and which were created by teachers in their own time, without the injection of 5 million quid from government funds.

    Regards
    Graham Davies
     
  5. chriszwinter1

    chriszwinter1 New commenter

    i.e. by people who know what they're doing rather than by those who waste taxpayers' money.
     
  6. Dead right, Siegen81to82!
    The Open School for Languages (now known as MYLO) had very high expectations, as described in the ICT4LT blog, 8 February 2010, To what extent it has fulfilled these expectations is now open to question. And to what extent MYLO was really needed is open to question too. I list dozens of websites on my Favourite Websites page that offer excellent free resources for language teachers and learners. And there are companies such as EuroTalk that sell some very good interactive resources at modest prices. I reviewed one of their products, Talk Now (Mandarin Chinese), in the ICT4LT blog, 15 November 2010.
    Regards
    Graham Davies
     
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I'm wondering if marlin is referring to the one (whose name escapes me at the moment having not been in MFL for a while) based I think in Southampton?, whose money for funding ran out last year something like CELTA?
     
  8. CELTA is a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
    The Links into Languages centres ran out of funding. Is this what you are thinking about?
    http://www.linksintolanguages.ac.uk/
    But the centres have now been replaced by
    Network Languages
    http://www.linksintolanguages.ac.uk/about/networklanguages
    http://networkforlanguages.org.uk/ Southampton University is one of the centres:
    http://www.languagessoutheast.ac.uk/
    They will be hosting
    ICT and Languages Conference (ILILC) 2012
    25/02/2012 to 26/02/2012
    http://www.languagessoutheast.ac.uk/events/ict-and-languages-conference-ililc-2012
    Regards
    Graham Davies
     
  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Thank you GroovyGuzi it was Links into Languages I was thinking of , tho' not sure it was what marlin was.
     
  10. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    That's the thing... had forgotten all about it!
     

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