Doing a little well is the key to success when starting to teach Primary Languages!
The use of high quality teaching resources which supports teachers while building their own confidence is important. In the early stages of developing language learning within the classroom, there is much to gain from children listening and interacting with the sounds of the new language, joining in with songs, rhymes and simple phrases.
There are various sources of support, from Local Authority advisory staff, a wide range of LA training opportunities, or secondary outreach colleagues. Regional coaches could offer school support, see the coaching section of the website. Don’t forget the 'Primary Languages Training zone' which has a wealth of audio and visual resources with teacher notes!
Remember in the beginning you will be teaching from the Y3 objectives in the KS2 Framework for Languages. This may be simple greetings or short phrases. A worthwhile experience of language learning can still be provided for primary pupils by teachers who do not have an extensive knowledge of the language being taught.
There are many more ideas on getting started in the links section on this page.
You can download a sequence of simple activities prepared for you in our language activity starter pack.
In addition, there are also audio files available for each of the QCA units in French and Spanish available to download to assist teachers with pronunciation in the Training section of the website.
Contact a member of the Primary Languages team via Jackie Buturo for further advice.