On Wednesday 22nd February, the Language Department at Papplewick School, Ascot, hosted its annual conference to share good practice in language teaching.
The conference brought together teachers from both the prep and senior independent schools, with the aim of developing contribution among teachers. Attendees spent most of the day discussing and sharing ideas about effective language teaching in their classes.
At Papplewick, a language laboratory and tablets are used for the delivery of the four Modern Foreign Language (MFL) skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). The MFL Department teachers each hosted a workshop aimed at covering the various aspects of language skills in the classroom and the best ways of implementing them.
Throughout the day, teachers engaged in workshops ranging from instilling the use of target language from the start to using interactive games and activities to challenge speaking and writing in the classroom. Delegates also shared tips on the various ways of supporting their students and much focus was spent on lesson tips with starters and plenaries as well as useful websites. A session in the afternoon was also dedicated to working together on Schoolshape Language Laboratory, which is especially effective in supporting mobile-assisted language learning as well as teaching with the communicative method.
Attendees came from Pangbourne College, West Hill Park School, Hall Grove, Charterhouse, Caldicott School, Lockers Park, Thorngrove School, Brockhurst and Marlston House, Hoe Bridge School. Amesbury School, Durand Academy Boarding School, Dragon School, Hampton School, Ashdown School, Bishopsgate School and Fulham Prep.