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June Event 2007

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Click here for follow-up to Alternative Accreditation session


What a buon giorno!



It was great to have such a good turn-out of 'Saturday morning keenies' to our June Event, generously hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in their sumptuous building (thanks to Lisa Zaffi for arranging this), our coffee sponsored by Hodder & Stoughton (an ALL corporate sponsor, contacted by our 'corporate liaison man', Stéphane), and organised and run by the London ALL Committee who all 'mucked in'  to take money,  put up posters, give out sheets, host sessions ... thanks to them!


We are especially grateful to our speakers, Lesley Welsh and Helen Groothues who  were simply inspiring, sharing practical and effective techniques through their engaging and dynamic presentations. We'll put a few notes about their sessions here soon.   Here's an extract from what Prim  wrote about the event...:


I heard two inspirational speakers, Lesley Welsh and Helen Groothues. They really were just lovely. I often think in situations like this that the true test is how I would feel should I be given the opportunity to be a pupil of theirs. And the answer would be that I just wouldn' t be able to wait for my next language lesson.  However, I don' t think our Lesley will be a teacher in Hartlepool for much longer - she's far too good! You could go on the stage, lass! (Well, she called me rough and northern.... ...!) ....Helen G is so gentle and encouraging; full of excellent ideas to get little ones enjoying their language classes. 'Catch them while they' re young' should be her motto....

Nick Mair coordinated a really helpful and focused session where five members of our committee shared their personal experiences of 'alternative accreditation' before answering questions from the delegates.  The session was designed to give quality time for question/answer, with Powerpoint presentations prepared as 'stand-by' if needed.  This approach seemed to work really well ... presenters were not tied to slides, and delegates had time to ask questions.  This will have a practical outcome, as there is clearly a great need for teachers to share not only their experiences, but also the resources which they prepare relating to the new schemes.  Helen will try to coordinate something for this soon.  Please email her if you want to join in!  Click here to download related documents.


There was a lovely atmosphere throughout as people got to know other better over coffee and an Italian-style buffet lunch, prepared by Massimo.  Thanks to EVERYONE who came for making it such a POSITIVE morning!


Photo Album


Thanks to Ulrich who designed our certificates of attendance with its Leaning Tower of Pisa watermark and who also took some photos.   As always, please do not hesitate to contact Helen if you would  like any photos removed!  No questions asked!


Cristina advertises the Spanish Day - November 17th. Jen encourages everyone to join ALL! David Wilson (President) outlined the role of ALL at a national level
Bill Musk, Honorary Honorary Finance Officer and Trustee of ALL since 1994 encouraged us all. Caroline Conlon brought some goodies from CILT.  Thanks! Jolande accepted our thanks for the great work she has done for the German Committee, and was delighted that she had recruited three people to take her place!  Good work, Jolande!
Nick, Ernestina, Anette,  Leanne and Olivier share their Alternative accreditation  experiences.


More feedback from people who attended...


I thought it was another really good event - well done! (Caroline)


It was the first ALL meeting for me, very informative and enjoyable. I now need to spend the summer improving my smartboard skills not to mention stocking up on primary resources. (another Caroline!)


Great day yesterday - primary session was outstanding. (Nick)


Thank you for a really useful morning yesterday and the opportunity to discuss several burning issues! (Martin)



Primary/Transition Languages with Helen Groothues, CILT Primary Team

HELEN GROOTHUES, Primary Language Teaching Adviser, CILT, The National Centre for Languages

Session: In this lively, practical session, Helen will look at a range of primary teaching techniques that promote transferable skills. She will link these to the Key Stage 2 Framework, in particular to the strands of Knowledge about Language, Language Learning Strategies and Intercultural Understanding.

Bio: Helen Groothues began her teaching career as a teacher of modern languages (French and German) in a large girls’ comprehensive in South London. She then taught in Paris for two years, before returning to London and retraining as a primary teacher. Helen worked in a vibrant inner London primary school as class teacher, EMA coordinator and Modern Foreign Languages coordinator before joining CILT in September 2006.


"What enthusiasm and knowledge. It has been really inspirational and I can’t wait to try your ideas out."

"You really showed how learning languages can be fun."

"I can’t think of a better way to spend 2 hours on a Wednesday afternoon!"

"An excellent session, very well presented – it has given me lots of ideas!"


Bio: Lesley Welsh teaches French and German at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College since September 2001 and is currently an AST and Specialist Schools Trust Lead Practitioner. In January 2004 she won a Becta ICT in Practice Award where judges said her work was 'rigorous, fun and incisive' and in July 2006 she was awarded a distinction in the Teacher of The Year awards. Lesley's main areas of interest lie in bringing language classrooms to life, using common applications like PowerPoint but also enhanced features of interactive whiteboards and voting systems.


Photo: Joe Dale


Session: In the session Lesley will demonstrate tried and tested techniques which can be used the next day in the classroom to reinvigorate pupils (and teachers)! Lively interactive examples using ActivStudio 2 and ACTIVote will be shared, as well as a variety of websites which Lesley uses to great effect with pupils from across the age and ability range.



'Lesley would be a good teacher if she had only a stick to draw in the sand with. With the technology, she is a great teacher, keenly aware of the impact that ICT can have on pupils.'

(Jack Kenny, TES. )


Alternative Accreditation - the Practitioners' Perspective!


Our committee members shared their experiences of alternatives to GCSE, including Asset Languages, The British Flag Award, OCR's CBLC, AQA Entry Level and Pre-U.

The delegates asked questions, and there was a strong feeling that we needed to share not only our experiences, but also the resources we prepare which relate to the courses.  Contact Helen if you want to be added to such a 'self-help' group.


Nick Mair, HOD Dulwich College,   hosted the session and  talked about Asset Languages (incl Chinese) Olivier Curcio (Peckham Academy) talked about the British Airways Flag Award Leanne Simmonds  (Peckham Academy) talked about CBLC and AQA Entry Level Certificate


Ernestina Meloni talked about  Asset languages from the perspective of Adult Ed (Italian) Anette Corbach talked about Asset from the perspective of a HOD.


Downloadable Documents / Powerpoints relating to Alternative Accreditation session.

Summary of Asset awards available 2007/8(excel spreadsheet)

Powerpoint containing overview of Asset (from Ernestina as part of the Asset team)

British Flag Award Powerpoint from Olivier

CBLC Powerpoint Leanne used with her students

Questions to ask about AQA Entry Level Certificate









Information issued prior to the event.



Following such a successful January Event, we're already getting excited about our next event!

Click here for a sneak preview of our venue!

Click here for a downloadable booking form, which is reproduced below.

Click here for details about the sessions on offer (speakers, session content & recommendations)

Click here for details of the route to the Institute from Hyde Park Corner & Victoria & a downloadable sheet to take with you.

Come along to hear some top-class speakers (we've heard them .. they're really good!!) ..... guaranteed to give you good ideas and strategies!
Come and spread your circle of friends in the Languages World, put faces to names and share some good ideas with them ‘in the flesh’!


Following the highly successful ‘January Event’ which attracted over 120 enthusiasts ...

You are invited to


The ALL London June Event


Saturday June 16th 2007 9.30 –1.00

to be held at

The Italian Cultural Institute

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX tel. 020 7396 4409

Tube: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line) – approx 10 minute walk; Train: Victoria

£25 – non-members, £15 – group members, £10 – members / associate members

(or people who join on the day),


Sponsored by Hodder and Stoughton

CILT stand + discount offers.

Provisional Outline Programme:


Registration & tea/coffee and biscuits** – the committee will be there to welcome you!

10.00 – 10.15

Plenary Helen Myers, Chair of ALL London. Welcome & Introductions.

10. 20 – 11.10

Session 1 A choice from 2 sessions: (A) Lead Practitioner Lesley Welsh shares some of her 'wicked' ideas for keeping them all on board OR (B) Presentation and Question Time from practitioners who have successfully used 'alternative accreditations'

11.10 – 11. 50

Comfort break / top-up of coffee** / chance to ‘network’ / view info sent from corporate members including a CILT stand

11.50 -12.40

Session 2 A choice from 2 sessions: (A) Lead Practitioner Lesley Welsh (repeat) OR (B) Primary/Transition Languages with Helen Groothues, CILT Primary Team


Round-upBranch notices / ALL events / issue of INSET certificates


(Optional!) Meet up at Café to continue relaxed networking! (Book and pay for buffet in advance)

2.00- 3.00

Optional + free! – ALL Annual Members' Meeting – a chance to express your views and make a difference!

** Refreshments during the morning included in the price


As coffee and biscuits will be provided at the start and break we need to know how many people are intending to attend. There are 140 places, and pre-paid booking will guarantee you a place. Preferably, please send in the application form below to Alison Owen, along with payment by Friday 25th May to secure you a definite place; otherwise send an email with the information to her, but be aware that you will only get a place after those who have paid in advance. We will publish numbers attending on the home page of the website so that you know how full we are getting!




PLEASE NOTE: To cut down costs and administration time, we won’t send confirmation unless you particularly ask for it... assume you have a place if you have paid unless you hear otherwise!

If you need any more information please ask. Thanks.

Application Form

To: Mrs Alison Owen, The Ashcombe School, Ashcombe Road, Dorking RH4 1LY

OR, if no time to send form, email info to her: [email protected]

London ALL June Event ; Saturday 16th June, 9.30 – 1 pm Italian Institute





Work Telephone Number


Home Address


Home Telephone Number



£25 – non-members, £15 – group members, £10 – members/associate members (or people who join on the day will have money refunded if they have paid the non-member rate in advance)
£5 extra for pre-booking buffet lunch (this is important to allow the Institute to cater at this rate)

*Please delete as appropriate.

I enclose cheque (payable to ALL-LRB) to the value of £__________ as payment for (No.)_________ persons as listed below (BLOCK CAPITALS please):

Name ___________________________________ Associate/Member/Group / Non-Member / with lunch /no lunch

Preferred Sessions (put in order 1/2/3) : Lesley Welsh ________ Helen Groothues _______ Alternative accreditation ________

Name ____________________________________Associate/Member/Group / Non-Member / with lunch /no lunch

Preferred Sessions (put in order 1/2/3) : Lesley Welsh ________ Helen Groothues _______ Alternative accreditation ________

Name ___________________________________ Associate/Member/Group / Non-Member / with lunch /no lunch

Preferred Sessions (put in order 1/2/3) : Lesley Welsh ________ Helen Groothues _______ Alternative accreditation ________

Please attach details of any issues which you would like us to raise with the national committee on your behalf.


Detailed map

Click here to download the following onto a word document (2 sides of A4)


How to reach the Italian Cultural Institute



Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX

tel. 020 7396 4409


From Hyde Park Corner Tube Station (Piccadilly Line):

Turn right into Grosvenor Place

Turn right down Grosvenor Crescent

Turn left into Belgrave Square, and you should see the Italian flag flying straight ahead of you, to the left, on the corner by Chapel Street.


From Victoria:

10 minutes walk probably the easiest, but if it's pouring with rain (which it won't be ...!) there are loads of buses you can get to take you to Wilton Street / Chester Street (opposite where it says 'The Royal Mews on the map), then you can walk through to Belgrave Square to the corner of Chapel Street (where the flag flies!)



Buses from Victoria (to save approx 5 mins walk from total 10 min walk)

All of the following can take you one stop up Grosvenor Gardens / Road -

Get off at Wilton Street / Chester Street, then walk to Belgrave Square, to the crossing with Chapel Street.


Victoria Bus Station Stop: C
Take the Route Bus 73 from Stop: D
towards Tottenham T.Hall/Seven Sisters
or Route Bus 38 towards Lea Bridge Roundabout
or Route Bus 52 from Stop: A
towards Willesden Bus Garage

Victoria Station Stop: H
Take the Route Bus 82 towards North Finchley/Tally Ho Co
or Route Bus 16 towards Cricklewood Bus Garage
or Route Bus 148 from Stop: G
towards Shepherds Bush / Central Line
or Route Bus 36 towards Queens Park Station/The Falcon
or Route Bus 8 towards Bow Church
or Route Bus 2 towards Marylebone

Victoria Bus Station Stop: D
Take the Route Bus 73 towards Tottenham T.Hall/Seven Sisters
or Route Bus 38 from Stop: C
towards Lea Bridge Roundabout
or Route Bus 52 from Stop: A
towards Willesden Bus Garage