The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) recently hosted, for the first time, a Modern Languages symposium for primary and post primary teachers - ‘Supporting Progression Pathways for Learners.’
Approximately sixty representatives from primary and post-primary schools, language communities and industry explored a variety of topics that included: current trends in modern languages; policy development and Progression Pathways in languages.
Supported by speakers from Queen’s University Belfast; Primary and Post-primary schools; Terex and CCEA, participants made suggestions that will help to inform CCEA’s future work to encourage participation in the learning of modern languages in terms of curriculum support, assessment and qualifications.
Justin Edwards, CCEA’s CEO commented:
“CCEA were delighted to host this event and explore, in detail, the challenges in languages provision. There are many compelling arguments for languages provision within the curriculum, including the economic benefits and employment opportunities.”
Sharon Lamont, Principal of Millburn Primary School, Coleraine, who spoke at CCEA’s Modern Languages Symposium, commented:
“The acquisition of learning a new language far outreaches the development of a new and different vocabulary. It positively impacts on the individual’s capacity to be successful across the curriculum; it enhances personal development and importantly, mutually respectful understanding of other cultures which are crucial within our increasingly globalised society. In summary, the acquisition of language empowers the individual.
It was a great pleasure to be provided the opportunity, at CCEA’s invitation, to share this Millburn Primary School vision with the audience.”
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