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MFL Co-ordinator in SILC please help

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by catt83, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. I have recently started at a SILC as a classroom teacher. Previously I have worked in Mainstream. The school currently has no MFL at all. I have been asked if I will work as curriculum co-ordinator. I am wondering if anyone has any resources/advice for me? I am thinking about policies/Schemes of work/time allocation/resources/websites etc however any help greatfully received.
     
  2. Dodros

    Dodros Established commenter

    I take it "SLIC" stands for a Leeds-based "Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre". Plenty of work has been done in the last twenty years to convert MFL from a discipline for an academic élite to a school subject that is within everybody's capabilities.
    On my website I have a number of documents and resources designed to be of help to MFL learners with special educational needs and their teachers. At
    http://www.specialeducationalneeds.com/mfl/biblio.doc
    I have a bibliography of MFL and SEN with over 1700 online and print references, thematically arranged to address the principal categories of difficulty/difference. At
    http://www.specialeducationalneeds.com/case/case.html
    I have 20 case studies of MFL learners with SEN. At
    http://www.specialeducationalneeds.com/mfl/
    I have teaching materials for French and German, all developed for use with secondary school students with special educational needs. If you require further advice or help, don't hesitate to ask. The study of MFL by students with additional needs is ateaching and resaerch interest of mine.
     
  3. Thanks for that Dodros, is there any particular book on the bibliography you would recommend?
     
  4. Dodros

    Dodros Established commenter

    There's a publication you can download for free straight away, Special Educational Needs in Europe: The Teaching and Learning of. Languages: Insights and Innovation. (European Commission, January 2005)
    http://ec.europa.eu/education/languages/pdf/doc647_en.pdf
    It's an excellent overview of good practice in MFL for SEN. I contributed a couple of pieces to the publication myself.
    Good MFL for SEN books to purchase are:
    1. Dyslexia and Modern Foreign Languages: Gaining Success in an Inclusive Context (Bda Curriculum) [Paperback] Elke Schneider (Author), Margaret Crombie (Author)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dyslexia-Modern-Foreign-Languages-Curriculum/dp/1853469661/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308508944&sr=8-1
    2. Meeting SEN in the Curriculum - Modern Foreign Languages (Meeting SEN in the Curriculum) by Sally McKeown (Paperback - 31 Oct 2004)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=meeting+sen+in+the+curriculum%3A+modern+foreign+languages&x=0&y=0
    3. Modern Languages for All (Entitlement for All) [Paperback] Hilary McColl (Author) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Languages-All-Entitlement/dp/1853466298/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308509397&sr=8-1
    4. Modern Foreign Languages for All: Success for Pupils with SEN (Nasen Publication) [Paperback] Sylvia Edwards (Author)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Foreign-Languages-All-Publication/dp/1901485005/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1308509601&sr=8-6
    I've provided you with the titles of the principal MFL for SEN books above. Some may be a little dated, but the general principles and practice remain sound.
    Hope I helped!
     

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