Majority of Britons regret not learning another language

England and Tottenham footballer, Eric Dier, and learning company, Pearson, have teamed up to help the next generation avoid the same language regrets as today’s UK adults, as new research reveals the challenges facing monolingual-Britons.

Inclusive and relatable content 

Content which reflects and represents diverse student experiences, so all students feel included, and can speak and write about the things that interest them

  • Familiar content building on existing KS3 knowledge including friends, food and drink, school, shopping, and travel. 
  • Engaging contemporary content including equality, physical and mental wellbeing, the environment, social media and gaming.
  • Speaking and writing assessments set within familiar experiences, or pre-known settings, with no expectation that students travel abroad for their holidays. 
  • Reading and listening assessments in familiar and unfamiliar settings, for cultural engagement, supported by contextualising images and glossing to ensure shared understanding. 
  • Guidance on inclusive language.

Student-centred approach 

Trialled on over 800 students of all abilities, across a wide range of schools, to ensure the optimum student experience. 

  • The new elements of the dictation and read aloud trialled extensively to reach the best format for student success. 
  • List of 10 role play settings and finite list of functions to build student confidence e.g. make transactions, give reasons, etc.
  • 3 repeats in the listening, with sufficient time to read questions and write answers. 
  • ‘Chunked’ listening and reading texts to avoid memory being more important than language knowledge.
  • Student choice of colour picture for the picture with conversation task, to provide reassurance. 
  • No ‘tricksy’ question types: differentiation based on student ability.
Clear, concise and straightforward assessments 
  • Consistent assessment structure so students can confidently attempt the whole assessment, with no surprises. 
  • One paper per skill, 50 marks per paper and the same at each tier: clear and unambiguous. 
  • Consistent assessment structure: same question types in the same place for the same number of marks every time. 
  • Thematic contexts to provide meaningful, reassuring content. 
  • Optional writing questions at both tiers. 
  • Supportive assessments with English rubrics and questions, helpful scaffolding in writing assessments and prompts to encourage speaking responses. 
  • Fully exemplified mark schemes, using real student responses.