Case Studies & Testimonials

It is with great pleasure that I write this testimonial, especially as I have been using Language Angels for almost four years and it just keeps getting better and better!

What I love most about this resource is that Francesca, Paolo and their team never sit still. They are constantly developing the programme, adding more topics, providing new resources and listening to those who are using it and responding to our needs.

Language Angels is so well-received by pupils. They love the illustrations, the songs, the games and the topics. Each topic provides opportunities to scaffold the language, building upon previous knowledge and challenging students through a variety of differentiated activities. For those who are non-specialists; sound files, guidance and lesson plans are provided too.

To support those who lead languages in their school, the Curriculum guidance section is brilliant. In it, you can find everything you will need to get through an inspection and to lead your department. I have even taken many of the documents provided and then adapted them to cover my Arabic section in the department, as it is a great way to support progression, transition and target setting.

The Tracking and Progression Tool is invaluable to be able to demonstrate the achievement of every pupil and show progression through the various skills. When you teach over 500 students, it’s so helpful!

In addition to the super resources, there are also the Webinars which have been hosted by Francesca and Paolo. They always bring a smile to my face with their banter but it’s their passion that shines through! The CPD they provide is insightful and packed full of useful tips and ideas and it’s FREE! This really does set them apart from other schemes as they provide a personal touch and they empathise with teachers! The support they provide is excellent and they are only just an email away, always responding to your questions, whether it’s a technical issue or a curriculum conundrum. I recommend this scheme to anyone who asks for a comprehensive Primary Languages resource; it’s brilliant!

 
Date of Posting: 24 January 2022
Posted By: Kerry Singleton
(British School Al Khubairat - Abu Dhabi)

We have been using Language Angels at our school over the past two years with KS2 children and have also introduced Spanish to early years and KS1.

The children enjoy the different topics and look forward to their weekly lesson. Language Angels makes it fun, interactive and provides great display materials.

We have been really impressed with the package and materials provided, it easy to use and has been a god send to the Teachers and Teaching Assistants without the burden of planning and concern about the pronunciation of some words.

Language Angels provides phonics materials to support the children and adults in order to pronounce the sounds correctly. This has really made it possible for us all to improve our Spanish language skills.

The different assessment tools are very useful at the end of each unit and allow the children to self -assess and see their progress made. I have found the free training provided very useful, informative and up to date. I have shared my training with my colleagues to improve our delivery of lessons and support the children to become confident. Language Angels has also been really useful during Covid as we have been able to send passwords home for each class and continue with the class topic and set home learning challenges.

Language Angels has been invaluable and thanks to everyone at Language Angels for all your support and guidance.

 
Date of Posting: 24 January 2022
Posted By: Marie Kirkbride
(Discovery Academy - Hyde)

I have taught French in primary schools for nearly 20 years and am a very confident French speaker, teaching lessons almost entirely in French but using Language Angels resources to support my teaching (both worksheets and the PowerPoints). However, last year we changed to teaching Spanish - thank goodness for Language Angels! I have only very basic Spanish and am not nearly as confident with my pronunciation so I have used the sound in every lesson this year which is new for me.

I really like the topic links which allow us to develop the children's understanding of history through their language learning as well (and give us further opportunities to revisit learning).

We use the assessment materials at the end of each unit to help inform our teacher assessments and children like to see how they're doing by seeing what they can remember without feeling threatened because there is a word bank to support them.

I think I would struggle to teach Spanish without Language Angels - it not only supports my own language learning but provides everything I need to help me support the children.

 
Date of Posting: 24 January 2022
Posted By: Jenni Monach
(Grenoside Primary School - Sheffield)

We teach French at our school. Most of the French is taught by our fantastic HLTA during PPA cover. I myself am a Year 2 teacher and this year I have started to teach French to them. We have done the 'Nursery Rhyme' unit and just started the 'Salutations' unit. The children love the Language Angels videos and like to air guitar along. They are so excited to know some words in French and today were greeting each other in French with no prompts from me. The plans are all set out clearly and the real voices with the correct pronunciation are great.

 
Date of Posting: 19 January 2022
Posted By: Jenny Gray
(Elm Grove Primary School - Worthing)

'My class (and I!) thoroughly enjoy Spanish using Language Angels. The lessons are varied, engaging and user friendly. We use the audio buttons to check the pronunciation of new words which boosts children's confidence and the games available to play at home are always accessed.

 
Date of Posting: 19 January 2022
Posted By: Rebecca Cacioppo
(Pallister Park Primary School - Middlesbrough)

Language Angels is a well-structured and engaging programme designed to support teachers delivering modern foreign language lessons following the languages programme of study in the national curriculum in primary schools.

I have found the ‘Tracking and Progression Tool’ a simple and useful way of keeping a record for monitoring the children’s progress across year groups and the CPD webinars offered throughout the academic year to subscribers are always informative and most enjoyable.

I'd like to thank Paolo and Francesca and all the team at Language Angels for their continued support.

 
Date of Posting: 18 January 2022
Posted By: Nadia Allen
(The Ryleys Preparatory School - Alderley Edge)

We have been using Language Angels for the past 18 months and in that time, I can honestly say that the pupils at our school have made excellent progress. They always look forward to French lessons and particularly love the games and karaoke. They have a positive attitude towards French and demonstrate this through the enthusiasm and participation they show in lessons. As MFL leader, I have been given lots of support and guidance by Paolo and his team and they are always on hand to answer any questions. All the documentation that you need as an MFL leader is there to be adapted for your particular school which has saved a lot of time. Language Angels is also fantastic for non specialists and I have witnessed teacher's confidence and enjoyment of French teaching, increase. I have nothing but praise for Paolo and his team and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Language Angels to other schools.

 
Date of Posting: 17 January 2022
Posted By: Lena Rose
(Wyke Primary School - Dorset)

Language Angels is the scheme to use whether you are new to the role of an MFL lead in your school or a specialist like myself. I have been able to implement Spanish into our school over the last three years by using this scheme.

The scheme is varied and balanced and you even have the option with Paolo and Francesca and the team to have a bespoke curriculum made for you, it really is that simple. The tracking tool and assessments in each unit allow you to be able to track across a year group, class or like myself, the whole school. I have grown in confidence with the scheme as a subject lead as everything you need to be able to teach MFL effectively and accurately is there all ready for you to use. The lessons are designed in such a way that you don’t have to worry if your children are making progress as they do through the grammar progression in units and the vocabulary that is taught and built upon as they move through different year groups. This scheme is completely fool proof too! I have other colleagues who were reluctant to teach MFL, as they did not have language knowledge themselves. This scheme takes the pressure out of teaching MFL with the audio buttons for correct pronunciation already there. The children love to hear the audio and when I have completed monitoring, it has been fantastic to see my colleagues growing in their confidence too as they now use the audio buttons but are also speaking more in Spanish.

We have recently introduced KS1 to Spanish through the karaoke videos and simple songs that the scheme offers and this has been invaluable to implement a love of language learning throughout the whole school, perfect for when the children move into KS2, they already have that love of languages firmly cemented into their daily routine in school.

If you are looking for a complete package of language teaching, then Language Angels has to be the scheme you reach for. There is no hidden extras like other schemes; you get exactly what the team promotes. Children in your school, making clear progression in MFL, children who are exposed to the wider world through language learning and children who are developing their love of language learning which will continue into further education not just in a Primary setting. Everything you need for those all-important visitors whenever they arrive to Deep Dive into MFL in your school is there with this scheme.

The Language Angels team are there every step of the way too, I cannot thank the team enough for answering even the smallest of queries about MFL provision. They are always on hand to guide you through whatever the concern is. The CPD is also phenomenal, it is always a pleasure to be part of the CPD with Language Angels even on a weekend as it is informative and I know I am a better subject lead for completing it as there is always something useful, inspiring and that you will be able to use it in everyday teaching.

Thank you to you all at Language Angels for making my role as MFL lead so much easier and achievable and just being there every step of the way.

 
Date of Posting: 17 January 2022
Posted By: Rebecca Slater
(Gusford Primary School - Ipswich)

Language Angels has been an amazing source of support for myself as MFL lead as well as the class teachers delivering French. It has enabled me to empower non specialists at my school to teach French with confidence. As a subject leader, I have found the guidance available on the website extremely comprehensive for curriculum planning and monitoring and the wonderful team at Language Angels also go out of their way to answer questions and provide support over email. Thank you Language Angels!

 
Date of Posting: 14 January 2022
Posted By: Suzanne Cook
(Templefield Lower School - Bedfordshire)

Language Angels has lifted the quality of our French lessons. The teachers find it easy to navigate and the children love it. The songs are catchy and fun and the progression of skills and vocabulary is clear.

 
Date of Posting: 14 January 2022
Posted By: Valerie Lyn-Jones
(Purley CE Primary School - Berkshire)



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