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Issue 2: Curriculum Flexibility and Modern Languages


Task 2.1 - Exploring an individualised response

NOTE: This aim of this activity is not to arrive at a 'one size fits all' solution. Rather the aim is to encourage schools to arrive at the most appropriate solution for each child. It is hoped that by listening to the interviews presented within this paper teachers can consider the issues and the context for learning for pupils with similar difficulties, consider appropriate learning and teaching approaches and be confident that the most appropriate accommodations are offered to each pupil.

Reflect on the different situations you encountered in Issue 2.

Points for consideration

  • If dyslexia has been assessed in the primary school and parents request that no modern language be undertaken discuss whether you feel there are occasions when it may be appropriate to consider an alternative to the Modern Language. What would you take into consideration?
  • If you consider that it is not appropriate to offer an alternative, remembering the pupils' concerns and opinions, would you suggest any changes to the learning and teaching approaches used?
  • List the 'pros' and 'cons' of discontinuing a modern language either during or at the end of S1
  • Discuss the outcomes which may be available for David (situation B) in your school thinking about issues of timetabling and resources
  • Reflecting on the French class taught by Anne, are there opportunities here to examine learning and teaching approaches?

Task sheet ML2.1 - Exploring an individualised response

You might like to produce a linear response here but consider also the possible use of a mind map of your discussions.