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There are a wide range of resources for language learning and teaching for primary and secondary schools. We are brokering additional support and activities as part of Newcastle City of Languages. If you know of others we can share, do get in touch.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeking to share online resources – please do get in touch with any other resources available online.

Click on this link to find out what’s on, as well as what is in development for Newcastle schools.

There are a series of training, CPD,networking and other events and activities available to schools. These include existing events for language learning and teaching, as well as additional activities we have brokered with our partners as part of Newcastle City of Languages.

A guide for governors, trusts, academies and schools on why modern foreign languages matter and how to support them in your school (British Council, NGA)

We are working closely with British Council (Schools) and their international partners to support language learning and promotion in Newcastle. British Council offer a wide range of school resources which can support language teaching and learning, but also understanding of different cultures.

Key partners in Newcastle City Languages, with the Alliance française de Newcastle, we are working together to support French language teaching, learning and culture in Newcastle. There are a range of resources available:

Another Newcastle City of Languages partner, the Goethe Institut offers information and resources about the German language teaching and learning, plus culture, social and political life.

The Goethe Institut support for primary schools is outlined in the ALL supplement and it provides teaching materials, language training and advice for free.

The Spanish Embassy Education Department seeks to promote Spanish language and culture, providing many free resources for language teaching and learning, teacher training and workshops on language and culture, as well as articles, publications and events. They also provide support to find partner schools.

The Qatar Foundation International provides opportunities for students, teachers and schools and organisations to learn about the Arabic language, societies and cultures. A partner in Newcastle City of Languages, they offer an Arab Culture Day for schools (see events and activities for updates)

Click on this link for a range of online language teaching and learning resources for schools, teachers and pupils. Thank you to our partners, in particular to the Association for Language Learning, British Council and Newcastle University for sharing these resources.

ALL is an independent charity and the UK’s major subject association for those involved in teaching foreign languages at all levels. ALL are key Newcastle City of Languages partners and are providing support and expertise, as well as brokering links to resources.

As a first port of call for schools, it is strongly recommended for teachers to look at the wide range of online teaching and learning resources for primary and secondary being made available and accessible through the Association for Language Learning.

ALL is now listed in the Council for Subject Associations Directory to provide support on Modern Foreign Languages.

COVID19 response: Online Resources. ALL are providing all educators with access to free resources, briefings, webinars, workshops and helpsheets alongside recommended language web resources, tools and facilities to help aid home learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. The resources have been put together to aid the adaptation to remote learning.

A summary of online apps, tools and website resources can be downloaded here and this includes links to support for language teaching at all key stages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin.

Find our more at the online resources section here.

Become an ALL member and access a huge range of resources, expertise, advice and support, professional development opportunities and events and networking. See links to primary and secondary resources.

Download this ALL brochure for a comprehensive summary of support and links to help primaries build their language offer:

  • Message about the new Ofsted framework
  • Association for Language Learning support
  • free and online resources from national cultural institutions for French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Greek and Latin
  • British Council resources including eTwinning, primary languages starter pack, school resources around Chinese, Arabic, Polish and Mexican language and cultures

ALL Primary Zone

  • Advice and guidance for primary practitioners introducing and developing primary languages
  • Resources to support French, German, Spanish, Japanese
  • ALL initiatives and projects

ALL Secondary Zone

  • Advice, information, guidance, publications and peer-to-peer support plus CPD events
  • Articles, blogs, briefings, webinars, events

We would like to promote positive messages about language learning and share resources which provide insight and can support this. Do get in touch if you have other articles or items to share.

Schools may be interested in festival and events in the city, celebrating different cultures and languages. Find out more.

We are building up information about community organisations in the city with links or providing support to international communities. See our Directory for more information.

Linguacuisine helps people learn new languages while you cook delicious meals from all around the world.  The Linguacuisine project promotes learning of digital literacy, languages, cuisines and cultures. It does this through co-design of downloadable apps and social recipes, using an authoring tool to develop an online community of practice. Download the app for free for recipes available in: English, Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Catalan, Turkish, Quechua, Chinese and Korean. Linguacuisine also supports a range of events and school visits .

Nathalie Paris is Nattalingo, Geordie French Storyteller Extraordinaire:   providing support to schools and pupils for French language learning – teaching, training, storytelling, football in French, language days. Provides free resources through podcast, videos, book blog and posts. For those in the North East of England, runs free termly training/supportive meet ups as a volunteer for the Association for Language Learning.

TSF believes that an engagement with languages outside the traditional classroom environment is key to a lifelong love of language learning. Languages are French and Spanish. Many of our shows which tour to venues can also be performed in schools with full theatre facilities. We also work directly with schools on creative learning projects that complement current teaching methods. These projects offer primary and secondary practitioners the opportunity to deliver language learning in an inspiring and engaging way and through meaningful contexts.

As well as offering a range of foreign language films for the general public, Tyneside Cinema offers Modern Foreign Language Workshops (making a film in French, German or Spanish) and MFL Study Days for Spanish and French and German), which includes a full length film and cinema based presentations and resource pack for KS3, KS4, KS5. Also offering a KS3 Mandarin Study Day, exploring China’s history and culture through cinema.

The North East Arabic Language Academy offers a wide range of courses and qualifications for adults and children in the Arabic language. It offers taster sessions for schools. It also provides training, translation and proofreading services and can offer examiners for qualifications in Arabic.

Newcastle Chinese Mandarin School

The aims of the Newcastle Mandarin Chinese School are to advance the education of Chinese culture and language to the public and the local community. Although most of the children are primarily of Chinese ethnic origin, the school also welcome children from other cultural backgrounds. Based on Ravenswood Primary School site.

Newcastle Chinese School offers both Mandarin (‘Pu Tong Hua’) classes and Cantonese classes of various levels from beginner to GSCE and A-Level standards. It is a registered EdExcel exam center for Chinese studies and one of five Chinese Schools in the North of England area awarded North of England Chinese Education Dedication Award.