Endorsements

Testimonials from pupils

“I like the fact that there are so many languages in our county that we get to experience every single day but never normally take the time to see. WoLLoW opens your eyes to that.”

WoLLoW gives you a better understanding of the world around you and it opens your eyes to the fact that there are so many other cultures and languages”

“It was brilliant”

“I like learning about the diverse languages around the world and how different they are to English”

“I learn lots of things about different languages like Latin and Greek, and the lessons are very fun.”

“I like learning about the different languages around the world and how different they are to English”

“It was lots of fun and I loved seeing that I know more languages than I thought”

WoLLoW gives you a better understanding of the world around you and it opens your eyes to the fact that there are so many other cultures and languages”

Testimonials from educators

WoLLoW offers more of an open-ended ‘let’s find out together’ approach which really drives learning and generates discussion. It gives me as a teacher a lot more confidence and it energizes me to see the children responding so positively and engaging so brilliantly. WoLLoW facilitates deeper, more meaningful discussions about language. I feel that WoLLoW has brought some direction and vision which has been absent from languages teaching for some time.”

Elliot Thorne, Year 6 Teacher, Avenue Junior School

“Your ideas are a breath of fresh air to me”

Joan Dickie, Discovering Language

“I have not previously encountered such a rich and deep curriculum experience for pupils embarking on their journey learning about language and languages; this ground-breaking approach cannot fail to develop a lifelong appreciation of what the place, value and role of languages has in the world today. It is the perfect preparation to help all language educators create successful linguists in the future.”

Suzanne O’Farrell, ASCL

“The lesson on ‘Yodaspeak’ was lovely to teach. Very clear and useful resources, that were easy to use. It was very interesting and engaging for pupils”

Falina Richardson, MFL Teacher

“Our school is very diverse, so it is really getting all the children talking about the languages that they speak and some of them are speaking four or five languages.”

Paula Rudd, Headteacher, Water Mill Primary School 

“It has given a really strong initial meaning to why they are learning a language, instead of just diving straight in with learning conjugations. There is a sense that they are contributing to this rich language fabric of Manchester.”

John Wilson, Head of MFL, Cheadle Hulme School

WoLLoW offers more of an open-ended ‘let’s find out together’ approach which really drives learning and generates discussion. It gives me as a teacher a lot more confidence and it energizes me to see the children responding so positively and engaging so brilliantly. WoLLoW facilitates deeper, more meaningful discussions about language. I feel that WoLLoW has brought some direction and vision which has been absent from languages teaching for some time.”

Elliot Thorne, Year 6 Lead, Avenue Junior School

“I am so grateful World of Languages has shared the resources with me! I have started exploring Unit 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6 and I have found the resources extremely interesting. I will definitely use them in my MFL lessons this upcoming academic year.”

Ana Chapela, MFL Lead, Salusbury Primary School

“It’s great to see the children so responsive and curious; they are looking at the links between other languages, and their own languages they speak at home and also the languages that they know from school. They are also linking WoLLoW with other subjects they are learning like geography, history and biology.”

Georgina White, Form Teacher at West House School, Birmingham

“I teach French in our Junior School to Years 3-6 and have been teaching WoLLoW lessons to Year 4 from September 2021. I have 3 classes of 16 children who have all thoroughly enjoyed the course so far. I am solely teaching from WoLLoW which has been great, the lessons have really opened our eyes to the world of languages and made us appreciate the languages we have in our Junior School. The lessons and PowerPoints have opened so many conversations about the world around us.”

S. Powlesland, Portsmouth Grammar School

“I was so excited when I came across these WoLLoW resources. They provide opportunities for reflection on the value and purpose of learning multiple languages in such an engaging way. The exploratory plurilingual approach to understanding how languages work will develop curiosity in our learners for lifelong language learning and enhance their perspectives in our increasingly diverse societies. Diolch, WoLLoW!”

Anna Vivian Jones, Partneriaeth Consortium, South West Wales

“We have been inspired by the WoLLoW principles and I just want to say thank you for the inspiration. Rebecca talked about it as a blossoming flower and that is definitely the way I feel about it at our school, that impetus, maximising linguistic potential. It has been absolutely brilliant.”

Paul Morgan, Head of MFL, Solihull School 

“The lessons and PowerPoints have opened so many conversations about the world around us.”

Stephanie Powlesland, Teacher, Portsmouth Grammar School

“This is just brilliant. It’s what I’ve been looking for for about 20 years now! I’ve aimed to do little pieces of something similar myself in the past, but this comprehensive collection of resources is exactly what I would have liked to produce to motivate children of all ages to become curious about languages.”

Suzie Cleere, Teacher, Ardingly Prep

“I am inspired to use these with my pupils and will be looking at ways, with our Director of Studies, to do this.”

Leisle Chippingham, Head of French, St John’s College School

“We have a wide diversity at Cheadle Hulme and we have a large proportion of pupils who have suppressed their culture. And now – it sounds ridiculous – but it is like a spring flower opening. They love sharing their knowledge, their cultural background. Some of them we still have to tease it out of them, but it is an absolute joy for them to share their knowledge and their traditions and their diversity. It is brilliant.

“Last week, it was St Patrick’s Day so we talked about Gaelic and how many pupils had an Irish background and how that had fed into the history of Manchester. We go off piste massively but for the children’s education, it’s fantastic.

“I can say that every single child now lights up in our Year 6 and the ones that potentially never used to be involved in languages at all, they now raise their heads and they are really interested.  The pupils feel, for the first time ever, involved in their learning and that is what inspires me.”

Rebecca Fox-Partridge, Teacher, Cheadle Hulme Junior School

“It’s just what our school needs, connecting them with their parents and their grandparents, and their heritage.

“I am not a linguist. I am a primary school teacher with a language GCSE. It proves that anyone can pick this up and run with it.

“The map work that has come out from that has been amazing. We realised that the boys can’t name the countries of the world. That brought in a different dimension. And we have also looked at the way the British empire was shaped. I didn’t learn this at school so, for me as a life-long learner and teacher, it has engaged me again as a teacher, bringing curiosity, the links, the patterns. I have to say that it has done what we wanted.”

Georgina White, Teacher, West House School

“We just love the discussions that come out of it.

“Where we are is pretty monolingual and we don’t have many coming from different backgrounds, apart from some boarders from different countries – but not in Year 7. That’s partly why we do need to do it so we can explore word roots and look at other cultures. It was an experiment. I loved the materials.”

Helen Kent, Head of MFL, Barnard Castle