New CPD resource for community languages teachers

05 July 2011

A new CPD resource is available for teachers of community languages who wish to incorporate a focus on arts based creativity (stories, drama, art works, multimedia) into their teaching approach.

The resource will also be useful for teachers of foreign/second languages generally. It is part of a research study at Goldsmiths, University of London, funded by the Foundation, which investigated arts based creativity in the community languages classroom in four London schools, two mainstream and two complementary.

boy with soapy hands

Discussions and interviews with teachers and policy makers highlighted the need to gain a clearer understanding of appropriate teaching approaches for working with students who have a background in the language and culture. The researchers aimed to explore how creative works (stories, songs, paintings, film) could be incorporated into language teaching programmes, but also how they could be used as a stimulus for learners’ own creativity.

An online verison of the resource is available free of charge on the Goldsmiths website. It is also available to order as a printed booklet or USB drive.