About this site
I am Assistant Principal at Comberton Village College, a comprehensive 11-18 academy in Cambridgeshire, where I have worked since 1999.
This website contains resources, ideas and strategies for promoting, teaching and learning languages. It is hoped that they will support Heads of Languages and teachers of Spanish, German and French.
The motivation for this site is the belief that the best ideas and resources are developed in collaboration, in an ongoing cycle of invention, development, experiment and reflection. Languages teachers are among the very best at learning from and building on each others’ practice and I am indebted to everyone who has ever talked about language teaching with me.
The fantastic languages team in which I work has been very influential and some of their work appears here.
All my resources will appear here on this site.
Early in 2012 at the University of Cambridge I completed my PhD, entitled "Learning to talk and talking to learn: how spontaneous teacher-learner interaction in the secondary foreign languages classroom provides greater opportunities for L2 learning." You can download the full PhD thesis here (not for the faint-hearted!). In due course I will produce edited chapters that will be eminently more readable.
This website will be updated periodically.
Unless otherwise acknowledged, copyright rests with Rachel Hawkes, © 2014.
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Language World brings languages professionals together to meet the most important challenges we face as a subject community. We will be inspired with a zillion ideas for the primary and secondary classroom, led to reflect more deeply about practice through the work of expert researchers in language education, and be fully informed about the latest policy developments. I hope to see you there!