10th October 2019 — On Wednesday 9 October, modern-language teachers from over 40 schools gathered at The Beacon School in Buckinghamshire for an inaugural MFL conference. As the world continues to become increasingly connected through advancing technologies, it has become essential for our children to learn to confidently speak other languages if they wish to maintain a competitive edge in an increasingly global careers’ market.
Teachers from Senior and Prep schools across England came together to share their passion for teaching languages and to share best practices on how to engage their students with the subject. “The purpose of the conference was to develop closer links with MFL teachers across the region, and to get to know MFL staff at local schools to which we send our boys. The conference served this purpose well and also provided excellent MFL training and the sharing of expertise, thanks to some fantastic speakers," said Fiona Jones, Head of Modern Foreign Languages at The Beacon.
The event was held in conjunction with the ISMLA (Independent Schools’ Modern Languages Association), which exists to provide a forum for modern-languages teachers in independent schools to meet, share idea and inform themselves, and to contribute to developments in modern-languages teaching.
The Beacon hopes to make the Modern Foreign Languages conference an annual event. MFL teachers interested in attending the 2020 conference (date to be confirmed) should email The Beacon Events Department (email@example.com) to register their interest.