Elaine Minett

Primary/Secondary Education - Modern Languages


Senior Lecturer (Modern Foreign Languages). Elaine is route leader for the Secondary PGCE MFL route and the Primary PGCE MFL route, and also teaches the MFL subject study for the BA Primary Teaching with Subject Specialism degree. Elaine has been teaching at the University of Chichester since 2006 and has been responsible for the development of the Secondary PGCE MFL route, and the Primary PGCE with Languages route, which enables students to develop a specialism in teaching languages in the primary school and, if they wish, to spend a month of their teaching practice working in a French-speaking Belgian or Spanish-speaking Tenerife primary school.


Elaine gained her undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter and completed her PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages (French and German) at the University of Southampton. Elaine went on to complete her MA (Education) at the University of Chichester, which she passed with distinction. Elaine taught foreign languages for 18 years in mainstream secondary and primary schools. Elaine also worked as an Advisory Teacher for Primary Languages in West Sussex for six years. Elaine’s work involves training specialist and non-specialist primary teachers to deliver the Modern Languages entitlement effectively, both locally and nationally. She has presented regularly at conferences across the country since 2006, including the Primary Languages Show and the Languages Show.

Elaine is a member of ALL (the Association for Language Learning), the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Languages and the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Languages. She has been an external examiner for four universities for both primary and secondary MFL routes. Elaine obtained the National Primary Languages Leader Award in January 2011 and is a ‘Links into Languages’ trainer for Languages.


Elaine is particularly interested in ways in which languages can be linked to other areas of the curriculum and how they can be delivered as part of the creative primary curriculum. She is also interested in developing non-specialists’ confidence and competence to teach languages in the primary school and appropriate resources to support this.

Elaine coordinated a LinkedUp Award Research Project: Understanding others; understanding ourselves – maximising the benefits of school partnerships which ran from January – November 2010.

Elaine also led a project in West Sussex on Aligning Languages & Literacy working with CILT, the National centre for Languages (2009-2011).

She also led the MFL creative curriculum project in West Sussex in 2007 and disseminated results nationally from 2008-2010.


o   Get Clued up! April 2005 CILT ELL Bulletin (CILT, London)

o   Getting creative! Embedding languages in an enriched primary curriculum, Links Bulletin – CILT ITT MFL publication Issue 38 Nov 2008

o   Oct 2009 Case-study for TDA on effective collaboration between University and Local Authority

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