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PRESS RELEASE: Language Teachers Praised for Excellence

Region: 
Wales / Cymru

Excellence in Language Teaching Awards winners announced

 

The Excellence in Language Teaching Awards were held for the first time in 2013 and Routes into Languages Cymru, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Welsh Joint Education Committee, were keen to continue with the awards in 2014 to celebrate and showcase the excellent and inspirational MFL teachers in Wales. Nominations were invited for the following categories:

 

Most Promising Trainee MFL Teacher 2014

 

Primary Modern Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year 2014

 

Modern Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year 2014

 

All nominations required an endorsement from the Head Teacher and the opinions of pupils and colleagues were also taken into consideration. The shortlisted nominations in the Primary Modern Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year and Modern Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year categories received a visit from a member of the Routes into Language Cymru team and a member of the CILT Cymru team who observed a lesson by the nominated teacher and chatted with the pupils about the subject and their opinion on languages in general.

 

The nominations received all demonstrated how motivating and inspirational language teaching is in Wales. The standard was so high in the Primary Modern Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year category that it was decided to create an additional Highly Commended category.

 

The successful teachers were:

 

Most Promising Trainee MFL Teacher 2014

 

WINNER – Chloé Headon, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr / University of Wales Trinity Saint David

 

Primary Modern Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year 2014

 

WINNER – Carlos Pinatti, Bedwas Junior School
 

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Benjamin Ford, Pontlliw Primary School

 

Modern Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year 2014

 

WINNER – Davinia Hardwick, Llandrindod High School
 

The winners will awarded with their prizes during an assembly at their school which will give pupils and the other teachers a chance to celebrate their success.

 

Routes into Languages Cymru and CILT Cymru would like to congratulate all the winners!

 

ENDS

 

Press enquiries to: Lowri Lewis, Routes Cymru Project Manager, email:  lowri.lewis@ciltcymru.org.uk, tel: 02920 265410

 

Routes into Languages Cymru website: www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/cymru
 

Notes for editors:

 

The Routes into Languages programme was developed by three organisations working in partnership: the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), the HE Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) and CILT, the National Centre for Languages. The Routes into Languages programme is coordinated by a team at the University of Southampton, directed by Professor Michael Kelly. http://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/

 

Routes into Languages Cymru is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Welsh Joint Education Committee.

 

Led by CILT Cymru in partnership with 9 universities across Wales, the specific aim of the Routes into Languages Cymru project is to increase the take up of languages from school to university. It encourages young people to have a positive attitude towards their language learning and promotes languages as an essential skill.

 

CILT Cymru is funded by the Welsh Government and is managed by WJEC.