Flashmeeting Wednesday 1st September 8.30-10.30pm GMT (click **here** to compare time zones)
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  1. Joe Dale, Independent ICT/MFL Consultant Integrating ICT into the MFL Classroom
  2. Clare Seccombe Sunderland LA Primary Languages bod Changing Phase
  3. Catriona Oates National CPD team Scotland
  4. John Connor Independent MFL Consultant http://www.johnfconnor.typepad.com/meanings-that-matter/
  5. Helena Butterfield Head of MFL, St Michael's RC School The Langwitch Chronicles
  6. Alex Bellars bellaale French & German teacher, Ballard School
  7. Fiona Joyce, French, German & Spanish teacher, Ian Ramsey CofE School & Langs College
  8. Marie-France Perkins, Head of MFL Oldfield School Bath Sans Problemes
  9. Mike Elliott, French & German teacher, The Hemel Hempstead School
  10. Rosemary Hicks, Head of MFL, Northfield School and Sports College, MHA
  11. Aurelie Charles, Head of MFL, The Robert Napier School, Medway
  12. Saira Ghani, Head of French, Chiltern Edge School, nr Reading
  13. Chris Harte, Cramlington Learning Village
  14. Isabelle Jones, Head of Languages, The Radclyffe School, Oldham My Languages
  15. Valerie McIntyre, Head of MFL Blue School WELLS, @froggyval
  16. Jo Pickering, AST, head of MFL, The George Eliot School, Nuneaton, pixiejojo on twitter!
  17. Jen Turner, French and German teacher, Stowmarket High School, Suffolk
  18. Simon Howells, MFL ICT Coordinator, Cheadle Hulme School, South Manchester, @simonhowells
  19. Lisa Stevens, PLL and International coordinator, Whitehouse Common Primary; Consultant Lisibo Ltd. aka @lisibo
  20. Samantha Lunn - HoMFL Arnold Scool, Blackpool @spanishsam
  21. Dominic McGladdery, MFL teacher, North East England.

Agenda - to discuss yesterday's Radio 4 You and Yours programme on the importance of language learning -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00thxg0/You_and_Yours_31_08_2010/


Collection of articles about the "state of languages" in the UK and further afield (most recent first)
http://www.diigo.com/user/isabellejones/state_of_languages?type=all

Why we should mind our languages
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/7964468/GCSE-results-Why-we-should-mind-our-languages.html

Useful points for discussing / analysing exam data - http://www.all-london.org.uk/statements.htm
Let's do some Myth Busting and send it to Radio 4!
Why languages matter? (US Perspective)
http://asiasociety.org/video/education-learning/why-language-matters

"if I may make a rare criticism of the actions of a Labour government, can someone tell me why we made a foreign language optional? It happened after my time in Number 10, and it was a mistake. English may be the leading language in the world but that does not mean kids don’t benefit from learning the language of others. So does Britain." (Alastair Campbell 27th August 2010)
http://www.alastaircampbell.org/blog/2010/08/27/state-schools-improving-as-private-schools-fall-shock-horror/

Here is the content of the email I sent to the You and Yours Programme today (03/09/10)

Dear You and Yours,
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I thought you would be interested in knowing that following your hour long programme on Tuesday about the state of language learning in the UK about 20 MFL professionals from around the country decided to take part in a video conference to discuss the content of the programme and to drill down into some of the issues raised. Here is a link to the meeting http://flashmeeting.e2bn.net/fm/f7a826-10595
plus a link to another discussion on the TES MFL Forum on the same topic.http://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/433166.aspx?PageIndex=1
I hope you find it clarifies the feelings of many language teachers about the crisis we now find ourselves in and what we are trying to do about it to improve matters.Yours faithfullyJoe DaleRelated blog postsThe Myth Busters - Catriona Oates http://catrionao.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/the-myth-busters/
Ballard Lang Blog - Alex Bellars http://ballardmfl.typepad.com/ballard_langblog/2010/09/my-response-to-the-mfl-flashmeeting-re-state-of-language-teaching-in-uk.html
Chasing Phase - Clare Seccombe http://changing-phase.blogspot.com/2010/09/is-it-worthwhile-learning-another.html

Birmingham Grid for Learning http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/index.cfm?p=0,view_info_item&start=0&id=21703&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=BGfL+News

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