(Central Academy - Chichester)
I am an MFL lead in a two-form entry Junior school in a small city location. Before Language Angels, French was taught throughout the school. However, some teachers lacked confidence when teaching the weekly lesson as they felt they did not have sufficient skills, expertise and appropriate resources to execute engaging and accurate lessons in French. Therefore the concern was that children would not be accessing best possible language teaching and learning. Since signing up to Language Angels, this has all changed. From the very outset Paolo and his team provided clear and simple instructions to get the school started on the site and all it has to offer. Any phone call or email sent to the team was dealt with promptly, patiently and efficiently. Nothing has been too much trouble for Paolo who has ensured that the school and myself as Language lead have all the information we need, in order to execute the lessons successfully. The progression of skills is well laid out and it was particularly helpful to have a suggested yearly scheme of work for us to use as we got used to teaching the units. The selection of unit subjects is wide and can often be chosen to be relevant to the current class topic being taught. The lessons are engaging for the children with great visuals on a PowerPoint and the ability to hear the language pronounced correctly and with consistent opportunities for the pupils to practice the vocabulary . Exercises are very well differentiated to suit and challenge all abilities. Each unit has a useful set of 'I can' steps for children to fill in as they progress through the unit. Each unit vocab sheet is invaluable as children are able to refer to it in their written, listening and spoken responses within each lesson. Children of course relish the interactive aspect of the site and have enjoyed singing, completing word searches and other fun activities available in each unit. The flash cards are handy as can be printed off and used as display to reinforce the current unit's vocabulary. The assessment is clear and enables each class teacher to keep a close eye on how each child in their class is progressing. Teachers can feel confident that everything being taught is in line with National Curriculum guidelines. The staff at school are now much more confident in delivering French lessons safe in the knowledge the lessons are tailored well to the children's ability while children look forward to their weekly French lessons. Their confidence in speaking, writing and listening to the language has significantly grown.
(Gusford Primary School - Ipswich)
I would like to begin by saying thank you to Language Angels for all of their hard work and dedication to languages and the scheme of work that they have produced. I cannot recommend this scheme enough to all teachers, teaching assistants whether you are a specialist or non-specialist this scheme will change the way you approach language teaching in your school. I have taught Primary Spanish for over ten years and followed varying schemes, as a specialist and fluent speaker, this scheme from Language Angels is by far the most efficient scheme to follow and to teach from. As the MFL subject lead for my school I have been responsible for introducing Spanish into our school and it was easily achieved with the Language Angels scheme. I am the only fluent speaker, as all my other colleagues are non-specialists but they have found the scheme easy to navigate around and are reassured by the sound buttons which aid their pronunciation. As one of my colleagues stated in her staff voice survey recently, “I absolutely love the scheme, so easy to use and I am learning along with the children how to pronounce vocabulary correctly!” Recently, I attended the webinar from Language Angels with a focus on grammar and I was inspired and motivated but also reassured that within school we are covering the National Curriculum requirements for language teaching by using the Language Angels scheme. It was wonderful to understand in more depth how the grammar is interwoven into the scheme without having to concern myself if all the year groups are covering the requirements. I especially like the tracking and monitoring of the scheme as it allows me as a subject lead to be able to monitor Spanish and know how well the children are progressing within each year group. Everything that you need is within this scheme, every language teacher should be using this scheme and I cannot thank Language Angels enough for the support that they give too. I am fully supported by Paolo and Francesca and the Language Angels team anytime, any day! They are true angels, thank you so much!
(St James's School - Bermondsey, London)
It is simple to navigate the site, having all the things we need in one place. Also, the fact that there is already planning and differentiated worksheets, help with the teacher workload and direction for taking creative/interactive routes for activities. Most of all, the embedded audio files have boosted teachers confidence in teaching French.
(Newland St John’s CE Academy - Hull)
I am the MFL lead at a Primary school in Hull and we have been using the Language Angels scheme to teach French for 3 months now. As we are a 1.5 form entry school and have many mixed year group classes, we needed a scheme which would cater well to this. Paolo and Francesca were both extremely helpful when applying for the scheme and put together a personalised long term plan for our school. This plan ensured that children would not repeat any units. Units are organised into ‘Teaching Type’ rather than by year group. Each ‘Teaching Type’ represents a different level of challenge which makes it easier and clearer for teachers to choose the most appropriate units for each of their classes. The resources provided by Language Angels also make teaching each unit a lot easier. There are lesson plans, presentations with sound files, differentiated worksheets, songs and assessment materials. Children have been extremely engaged in lessons and feedback from teachers throughout KS2 has shown that those who are new to teaching French, feel more confident in doing so. I can definitely say that introducing the scheme has had a positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning within our school. Thank you Language Angels.
(St Mary's Catholic Primary School - West Midlands)
I am the MFL subject lead for my Primary school and a non-language teacher. When I was given the role as subject lead I felt really overwhelmed as I had no experience in how to teach languages or where to start with the subject. I signed up for the free trial of Language Angels and couldn’t believe how easy it was to use. Language Angels has been fantastic with the support, resources and CPD training they have offered. I emailed them about CPD for the other teachers in the school and they were more than happy to help and sent videos for me to share with the staff. The site is easy to use and all the staff in my school have said that they are really more confident when teaching the lesson. The team are also great with communication and always so quick to reply if I have any issues.
(Bishop Rawle C.E. Primary School - Cheadle)
I am very much enjoying using the Language Angels programme and the children are enjoying the lessons too. I have also enjoyed getting to grips with all of the different elements that you have to offer and things that I would still like to explore further.
(Avanti Park School - Somerset)
Language Angels is an excellent method to teach a foreign language. It gives you the structure, the resources, the planning and the assessment... All you need to save your time so you can just enjoy delivering the lessons. Children love the interactive games or simply listening to the recordings on the slides. I strongly recommend it!
(Dagnall C of E Primary School - Berkhamsted)
Just wanted to say how impressed I am with the programme, really easy to navigate and the children love it!
(North Bradley CE Primary School - Wiltshire)
We've been using Language Angels for over a year now and it has really helped support non-specialist language teachers in delivering French and Spanish lessons across Key Stage 2. We love that there are so many audio clips to support pronunciation and that everything is prepared for us. There are lots of different activities to support children's learning and my colleagues love that they can deliver great learning with minimal stress. The team at Language Angels have also been incredibly supportive, responding quickly to emails and creating personalised schemes of work that fit with our school context. The children make great progress as there are so many opportunities to repeat the target language in different fun activities. They especially love the computer games.
(St Margaret's C of E Primary School - West Sussex)
I found Language Angels almost by mistake when researching the availability of a French teaching resource for the non-specialist teacher and accessed the free six week trial. My colleague and I reviewed the program and , on comparing it with many others we had sourced, decided that this was the one for us. It was reassuring to be able to ask any questions of Paolo and Francesca ( and I did... often ) concerning the suitability for the individual needs of the school and the answers were always delivered promptly and professionally. Language Angels has now been in use for only five weeks in Year 3-6 and yet the teachers have embraced it eagerly and the feedback so far has been nothing other than positive in relation to the planning and the resources and I have found the webinars extremely useful and reassuring. I have no doubt that the children will make progress and (perhaps even more important dare I say) will love their learning of a foreign language.