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How will things change in language colleges in the face of the cuts?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by whyamidoingthis, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. I guess that all schools with a specialism will be having to reevaluate things in the light of the cuts. Just wondering how life will change in language colleges now that the funding has all but dried up. We have had to prune most of the extra languages we offered, cut all the extra MFL activities that the funding enabled us to do, change options so that second languages which were formerly encouraged are a thing of the past. Assistants will be cut and primary support will go. We are also looking at the reality of teaching jobs going as there is now too much slack.
    I am very grateful for the opportunity that we've had to promote languages over the last few years but I don't mind admitting that the sudden change in fortunes has been quite tough to take on board so suddenly. I still think that there are things we can do without the funding and think we should keep as much going as we can but SMT seem to have taken the attitude that that's it.
     
  2. I guess that all schools with a specialism will be having to reevaluate things in the light of the cuts. Just wondering how life will change in language colleges now that the funding has all but dried up. We have had to prune most of the extra languages we offered, cut all the extra MFL activities that the funding enabled us to do, change options so that second languages which were formerly encouraged are a thing of the past. Assistants will be cut and primary support will go. We are also looking at the reality of teaching jobs going as there is now too much slack.
    I am very grateful for the opportunity that we've had to promote languages over the last few years but I don't mind admitting that the sudden change in fortunes has been quite tough to take on board so suddenly. I still think that there are things we can do without the funding and think we should keep as much going as we can but SMT seem to have taken the attitude that that's it.
     
  3. I hope it isn't the end for the wider range of languages being offered. I speak 12 languages, and was hoping to be able to teach other languages than just Romance and Germanic languages. Offering languages such as Mandarin, Japanese, Russian, etc makes MFL seem more attractive to pupils as they get to explore languages and cultures very different to western Europeans ones. I love French, but would get bored with just teaching languages very similar to English for the rest of my life.
     
  4. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    Some of this seems short- sighted by SMT; where will the extra teachers come from for the Ebac?
     
  5. Sol22

    Sol22 New commenter

    12 languages???? WOW! HOw did you manage that?
     
  6. After studying French, German and Italian at school, I found that I loved languages and became obsessed with learning them, and wanted to learn as many as possible. I studied Arabic at university but also took undergraduate modules in Russian, Japanese, Turkish, Mandarin and Persian. After univeristy, I have continued studying and improving my languages, as well as starting some new ones. I find learning languages quite easy now that I have developed a technique.
     
  7. slick

    slick New commenter

    The funding from SSAT is still there for schools..... but it has not been ringfenced in the delivery of the specialism and its aims. My school will still receive this money and it is up to the Head to decide how this is spent.
    I lead on the specialism in my school and we see business as usual.
     
  8. That's really interesting slick - don't think I'll see a penny - it's all going into the general pot. Have been told that there are no longer any expectations and as I "no longer have much to do" I will be teaching a lot more next year. You can bet your bottom dollar that the sign will remain in place at the school entrance though and on the letterheads!
     

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