We would like to invite your school to participate in an exciting new project called Active Languages. In partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, the London Consortium for Routes into Languages is coordinating this project that aims to take languages out of the classroom and combine fun language learning with sports and exercise.
The Active Languages project will begin on Tuesday 14th July 2009 with a full day event for participating schools at the London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road Campus. A proposed programme is enclosed. This introductory event for teachers of MFL and PE/Sports will provide advice, demonstrations and practical sessions delivered by secondary schools and Youth Sport Trust representatives. After learning how effective this combined form of teaching can be, you will then have chance to begin planning your own Active Languages project, with your school colleague, that can be delivered in your school later in the year. Projects might involve pupils producing guide books in the target language for a school trip abroad, or learning how to play a new sport through a new language - you can tailor your project to suit your school and your pupils. We encourage schools to develop projects that are aimed at pupils in Year 8 or 9, although this is flexible.
There are places for a maximum of 8-10 schools to take part in this project. All participating schools will have an opportunity to bid for funding (up to £1k) to run their Active Languages project during 2009/10. Representatives from the London consortium programme will be on hand to offer help and support throughout the length of your project.
In order to take part, you will need to book a place for yourself AND a colleague from your school's PE and Sports department by returning the enclosed reply form.
Please note that the morning sessions will involve active participation in the activities. It is therefore recommended that you arrive dressed in appropriate sportswear (for example, track suit and training shoes) and be prepared to take part.
You may also wish to bring a fully charged laptop to assist with Action Planning for your own Active Languages projects in the afternoon.