Tuesday 19 November 2013
1830 - 2030 | British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN
International Education Week
Tracking the ups and downs of languages teaching since 2002: Key findings from this year's languages trends survey
Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley
This seminar will focus on the Languages Trends Survey, which is the only school focussed, subject
specific research exercise of its kind. It has been carried out annually since 2002 and is frequently
referred to by senior politicians, including the Secretary of State, academics and leading business
organisations. Firstly, the presenters will reflect on the major developments and changes highlighted
by the survey that have occurred in languages teaching over the past ten years and will continue to
discuss likely scenarios for languages education in both primary and secondary schools in the
coming decade. Using the rich data and trends which the survey has identified, the presenters will
then move on to consider what action should be taken to ensure the most positive outcome for the
teaching of languages for the future.
Teresa Tinsley and Kathryn Board are experienced researchers who, between them, have been
involved in languages education for 25 years, managing many national and international projects and
providing policy support to Government. Until 2008 they were Director of Communications and Chief
Executive of CILT, The National Centre for Languages respectively. Teresa is founder of Alcantara
Communications and Kathryn now works in a freelance capacity. They are the authors of the annual
Languages Trends Survey on behalf of the British Council/CfBT Education Trust.
Who is this for?
Heads of departments, school leaders, all teachers
1830 – 1900 Welcome and refreshments
1900 – 2000 Tracking the ups and downs of languages teaching since 2002: Key findings from this
year's languages trends survey with Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley
2000 – 2030 Networking reception
Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss global job opportunities with
the British Council.
Every seminar is free of charge, however places are limited.
The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.
Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.
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