Secondary Languages
Sara Davidson

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Sara Davidson
NASBTT Associate Consultant
Secondary Languages

Twitter: @frau98

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Subject Resources


Welcome to the resources space for secondary languages. This space will be regularly updated to provide the best possible subject support for those involved in training new secondary language teachers as well as some to support the teachings of English as an Additional Language.

On this site, you will find links to materials that will support informed approaches to teaching languages, along with practical advice and classroom practice from experienced teachers as well as links to subject knowledge enhancement courses to support colleagues teaching a second language that may not be their specialism.

There are links to subject associations that have excellent resources and theoretical underpinning and offer an extensive range of high quality training to help develop your subject pedagogical knowledge.

This will be a growing list and if you cannot find what you are looking for in the links and resources provided here, please do get in touch at the email address above and I will do my best to point you in the direction of what you need.

First things first, be sure to sign up to Twitter and join the #mfltwitterati community where you will find support, resources, ideas, CPD and a wealth of knowledge. I will also regularly post news items about the latest opportunities, events and developments in the modern languages teaching world.

If you find anything that could be of value to our community, please do share via the email address above.

Association for Language Learning (ALL)

The A.L.L. has secondary-specific resources, language-specific resources and projects, regional branches and events and special reduced membership rates for trainee teachers and Early Career Teachers.

Independent Schools’ Modern Languages Association (ISMLA)

A support network for MFL teachers at independent schools which holds an annual conference, language-specific events and webinars. Membership is by school rather than individual. Places at the events are also offered to colleagues at state schools.

National Subject Association for EAL (NALDIC)

Resources available for MFL and EAL teachers as well as HoDs of those subjects.

National Association of Language Advisers

Language resources and a community you can join for debate and seminars.

Training and CPD

Subject knowledge enhancement

  • Government Course Directory
  • Tes Subject Knowledge Enhancement
  • is a website where you can find a conversation partner or a teacher of any language. A great way to improve your second language or even keep your main language fresh.
  • GIMAGINE is a new government-funded Goethe Institut resource which promotes and supports the learning of German as a foreign language in the UK. The project centres around students, teachers and schools. Apart from offering initiatives for professional advancement to German teachers, the project can fund learning German through scholarships and provides schools with classroom materials and teaching resources.

Resources to support teaching and learning

Language pedagogy and resources

  • Independent Thinking on MFL, Crista Hazell
  • 100 Ideas for Secondary Languages, Danielle Morgan
  • The Language Teacher Toolkit, Steve Smith & Gianfranco Conti
  • Breaking the Sound Barrier, Steve Smith & Gianfranco Conti
  • Getting the Buggers into Languages, Amanda Burton
  • 100 Ideas for Teaching Languages, Nia Griffin
  • Fun Learning Activities for Modern Foreign Languages: A Complete Toolkit for Ensuring Engagement, Progress and Achievement, Jake Hunton

 General pedagogy

  • The Language Teacher Toolkit, Steve Smith & Gianfranco Conti
  • Fun Learning Activities for Modern Foreign Languages, Jake Hunton
  • Rosenshines principles in action, Tom Sherrington
  • Retrieval practice series, Kate Jones
  • Teach like a champion, Doug Lemov
  • Why don’t students like school? Daniel T Willingham
  • Teachers vs Tech? The case for an ed tech revolution. Daisy Christodoulou


There are some great YouTube channels with a wealth of resources, Joe Dale’s being excellent for practical, digital teaching ideas:

Joe Dales YouTube channel

Transform MFL’s YouTube Channel: MFL Transform – YouTube

ISMLA’s YouTube Channel: ISMLA – YouTube

Steve Smith’s YouTube Channel: Steve Smith – YouTube

Language Ed YouTube Channel: LanguagEd – YouTube

TEMZ Event - Primary and Secondary Languages - Developing skills: Language Explorers to Lifelong Learners

Session Overview:

Our focus is to demonstrate how language content and skills build up from Key Stage 1 right through to Key Stages 4 and 5. This session will give teacher mentors a unique insight into the 'bigger picture' of how language learning skills are transferrable and how the subject lends itself to creating global citizens of the future.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

Mentors can expect to come away with an overview of skills, content and culture with practical examples to take away and use both in their own practice and to pass on to the trainees they support.

Facilitator Information:

Kate Percival:

Kate is a primary languages specialist, with over 15 years’ experience as a classroom practitioner.  She is the Primary MFL Consultant for Primary Languages Network (PLN) supporting schools on a one-to-one basis and delivering CPD to trainee and experienced teachers. She has spoken nationally at events for ALL (Association for Language Learning), The Languages Show and PLN and is the subject specialist consultant for NASBTT.

Sara Davidson:

As well as leading the two national SCITT programmes offered at Oundle School (National Modern Languages SCITT and National Maths & Physics SCITT), Sara is still a practising languages teacher, teaching German to pupils in Year 7 up to Year 13.

She previously led two modern languages departments in two boarding schools as Head of Department – one offering 8 modern languages on timetable taught by 27 members of staff.She was previously Chair of the Independent Schools’ Modern Languages Association (ISMLA) for 5 years too and was invited to participate in several DfE MFL initiatives in that role. She is the MFL secondary subject specialist consultant for NASBTT.


View the recording here

Supporting Resources:


The MFL Twitterati Podcast - #MFLTwitterati Podcast – Celebrating the voices of the modern language teaching community

We Teach Languages - we teach languages – a podcast about language teaching from diverse perspectives

The Language RevolutionThe Language Revolution – Changing UK attitudes to languages

The Kate Languages PodcastThe Kate Languages Podcast on Apple Podcasts

To improve your own Subject Knowledge you could check out the ‘Coffee Break’ and ‘Easy Languages’ podcasts too:

Coffee Break Languages: Introducing Coffee Break Languages – Coffee Break Languages

Regular events

  • @Saturdayedchat on Twitter, a weekly 30 minute coffee and conversation about education.
  • Follow the #mfltwitterati hashtag on Twitter to keep up to date for many free events relating to MFL.
  • @TTRadioOfficial is Teachers Talk Radio: a live platform on Twitter that regularly broadcasts discussions on a range of aspects of teaching

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