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Liz Foxwell, director of the Primary Language Classroom Awards, shares her thoughts on the importance of recognising and celebrating best practice in language teaching.

I believe it’s important to reward all best practice as this raises self-esteem, makes the learner more likely to try out something new, and encourages them not to worry if they get it wrong, but to practice to get it right.

With regard to language learning, this is a great asset and important to the development of the learner’s linguistic knowledge and understanding. By ensuring we use the same terminology for grammatical terms, spelling, language terms and skills, this can support consistency across languages. This consistency also affords us the opportunity to build on prior knowledge in another language and reinforce key concepts.

Pupils having knowledge of more than one language makes them aware of other people and their differences. It can also contribute significantly across…

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