A primary teacher uses a single language approach to teaching Soon all primary schools will be required to introduce a primary language to their curriculum. Almeley Primary is a deeply rural school in Herefordshire. Despite its remote location, including having fewer than 80 pupils in the whole school, they are already delivering French. This has all been made possible through the dedication of Alex Hallinan. With only GCSE French as her language background, Alex has developed her language skills through courses and personal study to a point where she’s confident to teach a combined Year 4, 5 and 6 class.
We follow Alex and her class through a French lesson, talking about the school and the people within it, which includes song, a language refresher, sentence work and group work. Rosalind Venables, the advisory teacher for primary languages, and Alex talk about the teaching styles and techniques used, as well as the reasoning behind a singular language approach and some general advice for future language teachers.