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Transition in MFL from KS2- KS3 (Primary to Secondary)

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Henriettaaa, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Henriettaaa

    Henriettaaa New commenter

    I am a Primary Education student specialising in the teaching of modern foreign languages. As part of my specialism I am looking into transition in MFL between primary and secondary schools. Whether you are a secondary school languages teacher or a primary school teacher who teaches languages please can you answer the following question:

    How can we ensure transition between KS2 and KS3 in the teaching of modern foreign languages? (Please answer with your own opinions and any explanations as to what your school does in order to ensure transition).

    Thank you so much!
  2. spsmith45

    spsmith45 New commenter

    For the best transition every primary feeder school would need to be doing the same language and the same programme. There would need to be built-in progression so secondaries could carry on seemlessly.
    We have had pretty good French coverage in local primaries in my area, but even so, pupils had been taught different things at different rates, so as a secondary teacher I had to assume "start from scratch". However, we gave each pupil a sheet to do to show off what they already knew and for us to get an idea of those who had done very little or a great deal.
    We also sometimes gave supplementary work to pupils who were significantly ahead. It is easy to make extra work booklets.
    There was usually some knowledge of vocabulary, but little written skill and no grammar.
    As a HoD I once did a survey of all the primary schools to find out what they were doing. There was a lot of variation.
    I think this will remain a very unsatisfactory and messy situation for years to come.

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