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MFL HoD. Proudly outspoken & impatient advocate for renewal, fairness & a brighter future for languages. Views expressed are my own. 🏳️‍🌈 he/il/er/el/он/هو
Apr 2, 2021 13 tweets 4 min read
A go-to thread on the new GCSE proposals: what they are, how they were developed, what the problems are and what you can do about it. #mfltwitterati

Q1. What are they? consult.education.gov.uk/ebacc-and-arts… Q2. How did DfE draw them up?
Apr 2, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
The proposed new GCSE for #MFL is based on so-called high frequency words. But where do these words come from? And how reliable is the sample used to determine them? Why do we end up with the words below? #mfltwitterati 1/5 The Routledge frequency lists - being used by DfE/NCELP - are each based on a corpus (i.e. sample) of around 23 million words, from various sources see attached). That's a big number. Or is it? Is it enough to really tell us which words are the most common? 2/5
Apr 1, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
DfE's approach to MFL policy #mfltwitterati A thread:

1. Abolish national centre for languages research (CILT)
2. Appoint a small number of people to a panel do a review into teaching
3. In that review, recommend creation of a Centre for Excellence (a new CILT) 4. Award £millions to one of the panelists from the review to run that Centre
5. Centre then starts producing a curriculum which matches the pedagogy (Huh?! Wrong way around!)
6. Appoint panel to review curriculum
7. Pre-confirm outcome of review will match curriculum from step 5
Jul 25, 2020 16 tweets 4 min read
Hey #mfltwitterati!
There are lots of debates about next year & what schools' priorities should be. In the longer term, if MFL is ever to grow again we need to know how we earn our place in the timetable.

So, what is the purpose of language learning in the UK in 2020? A thread: In the 1980s Britain of Thatcher & enthusiastic membership of the European Community, the government accepted the consensus that the purpose of language learning was communication.
Seems logical, right ? Image