At a basic level, there is a lot that modern foreign language (MFL) teachers can do in everyday lessons that can have a big impact on most students, and which we may take for granted.
Project-based learning, collaborative work with partner schools, a rich extra-curricular activity programme, and opportunities to take languages outside the classroom are all important factors.
However, in this article, I want to concentrate on the basics: the ingredients for great teaching that motivates students to take responsibility for their learning.
What motivates students?
Over the years I have turned this question round and asked many students, especially boys: “What is it about languages that may put you off?”
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