Through a programme of activities and tasks the children worked with increasing confidence, enthusiasm and motivation, resulting in an increased sense of achievement.
In 2010, the Global Gateway reported that almost 18,000 schools were actively involved in worldwide school partnerships, working to support community cohesion and language learning. Global partnerships can also help raise school standards through curriculum development and encourage wider participation from learners who are generally less willing to take an active part in classroom activities.
There's a short but interesting case study from the Department for Education titled ICT supporting early-language teaching that outlines how Key Stage 2 pupils in Enfield worked with children in Italy and France to support work in both ICT and MFL. Through a programme of activities and tasks the children worked with increasing confidence, enthusiasm and motivation. Ultimately it resulted in an increased sense of achievement. Read the case study.
Access information & resources in more than 30 languages
You simply select the language of choice from the embedded list of options and the page is instantly transformed before your eyes.
Web accessible ICT resources, such as a learning platform, can help create and nurture these global partnerships. This month, we've integrated the Google Translate service into the RM Learning Platform giving users the opportunity to access information and resources in more than 30 languages. You simply select the language of choice from the embedded list of options and the page is instantly transformed before your eyes. The chosen language is even remembered when you log off and log back in again, so once you've made your selection you need never worry about it again.
This is a great new feature that will make the learning platform more accessible to learners and parents, choosing from languages such as Turkish, Chinese, Arabic or Norwegian. Tools and services like this will be become increasingly important as we build more links around the world.
The growing need for learning resources
Over half a million people arrived in the UK from other countries in 2009, and immigration for formal study was the most common reason stated (37%)
We don't need to look far from home to see how useful tools like Google Translate can be. The last published figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that over half a million people arrived in the UK from other countries in 2009, and immigration for formal study was the most common reason stated (37%), followed closely by work-related reasons (34%). Predictions are that this trend will continue which means there are a lot of learners and parents that need access to learning resources and support whose primary language may not be English. Schools need to be prepared for this to ensure that every learner can achieve their full potential, supported both in school and at home.
Using a Web accessible learning platform with multi-language options may be a way of making these many goals a little more achievable. Find out how the RM Learning Platform can help.
P.S. If you're interested in resources for Modern Foreign Languages, explore this great range of titles available. These include fun applications such as Sonica Spanish where you learn Spanish whilst you sing and dance! The karaoke style instantly engages even the more reticent of learners. For Key Stage 2 and 3 the Vektor Launchpad library includes French, German, Spanish and Italian, and encourages active enjoyment and learning of essential skills in language study.