Hilary McColl – Publications


Modern Languages for All by Hilary McColl, published by David Fulton in 2000, now marketed by Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/education/
Chapter 1: Do we really mean ALL? Chapter 2: Maximising Potential*. Chapter 3: Implications for Management. Chapter 4: Notes on access for pupils with additional needs.

Chapter 2 has been reprinted in the Open University's Aspects of Teaching Secondary Modern Languages: Perspectives on Practice, also published by Routledge.

Also available in iBooks and Kindle.

Deaf and Multilingual - a practical guide to teaching and supporting deaf learners in foreign language classes by Judith Mole, Hilary McColl and Micky Vale. Published by Direct Learn in 2006. Available in ebook format from iTunes, and in print from:

Also available in iBooks.


MLG Publications
Author and co-author of several titles published by MLG Publishing, including:
Wir Lernen Deutsch
Se Habla Espa˝ol
Cartoons for Classroom Communication.
Verbmaster - French
Ici on Parle Franšais
(Revised Series 2015):
Support for teachers and students wishing to make more use of the target language for classroom interactions. The visual support will be familiar to those who have used MLG publications before. This publication also brings together on CD many of our earlier resources that focused on pratical use of language, together with sound files exemplifying most of the core vocabulary.

Details here: http://www.mlgpublishing.com


Support for Modern Language teachers and departments who want to introduce classroom language a a first step towards developing practical language skills.


The week before Christmas.
Please, can I have a pet?
Two resources for developing storytelling techniques. Published in French, German, Italian, Spanish and English for beginners.
More details here.


Europe, Language Learning and Special Educational Needs by Hilary McColl, Carol Hewitt and Heather Baldry. Published by SOEID 1997 and disseminated to all mainstream and special secondary schools. Some updated extracts in PDF form are available on this site, with permission. The contents also informed the Maximising Potential online programme. The publication si out of print but can be found in some libraries (See http://www.worldcat.org)

Translating, Interpreting and Communication Support Services across the Public Sector in Scotland: A Literature Review
Joanna McPake & Richard Johnstone with Jo Lo Bianco, Hilary McColl, Gema Rodriguez Prieto & Elizabeth Speake. Scottish Central Research Unit 2002.

Modern Languages in Special Schools and Mainstream Units in Scotland 2002 by Hilary McColl with Joanna McPake and Loy Picozzi. A research study sponsored by the Scottish Executive Education Department. Published by SEED 2003.


Listening skills and the hearing impaired child
Association for Language Learning Journal June 1992

Modern Languages for All - or for the Few? Scottish Languages Review, Issue 5 2002
"...we somehow have to convince young people that they are capable of learning a foreign language - that it is no more difficult than any other subject..."

L is for Learning, for Languages and for Life Scottish Languages Review, Issue 12, November 2005

Back to Bacc Scottish Languages Review, Issue 20, December 2009
Some thoughts on the new Languages Baccalaureate and its implications for the cohort as a whole.

Modern foreign language learning and Inclusion: Who? Why? What? – and How? Support for Learning, Volume 20. Number 3. August 2005 ę 2005 NASEN.
The article asks what foreign language learning is really for and what it has to offer pupils whose level of skill acquisition is likely to be modest.

Adapting MFL in the curriculum to meet the needs of deaf students (Why? and How?) Article written for BATOD Newsletter 2006

1 + 2 = free? Scottish Languages Review, Issue 24, Winter 2011-12.
Reflecting on the ‘1+2’ languages initiative recently announced by the Scottish Government and the opportunity it offers to strengthen provision for the wide range of 'home' languages used in Scotland.

Reflections on the Modern Languages Excellence Report of 2011: Increasing Classroom language as a First Step towards Communicative Competence
Scottish Languages Review, Issue 30, Autumn/Winter 2015



Languages for all?
Keynote speech delivered at launch of LANGsen project UCML, Graz, October 2004.



Maximising Potential – an online resource for teachers to support inclusion in modern languages
Following extensive piloting in schools, this CPD programme is available online at
Further information on the CPD pages on this site

Languages without Limits - the current website: http://languageswithoutlimits.co.uk

MFL and inclusion - personal professional site (hilarymccoll.co.uk) that was the forerunner of this one.

Classroom Language - a new use for an old site. Brings together resources developed over a number of years.
http://hilarymccoll.co.uk/classroom language.html


Contribution about City of Edinburgh's Working Together project in EU report: Special Educational needs in Europe: The teaching and learning of languages: Insights and innovation (pp 106-109 in print, or pp 110-113 in pdf version)

A Manual of Good Practice in Special Educational Needs (Project Development Officer) SOEID 1998.

Advisory Committee Report into the Education of Children with Severe Low Incidence Disabilities (The Riddell Committee) Annex G: Information Gathering Exercise (Independent Consultant) Scottish Executive.

Self-Evaluation by Peripatetic Sensory Services (Consultant Editor) SEED 2001.

Empowering Minority Ethnic Families of Disabled Children: A Guide and Resource Bank for Bilingual Key Workers (Author and Consultant) MELDI 2003.

Exploring Participation An enquiry into participation by young people with speech and language impairments in the process of formal decision making concerning their education. (Project officer) AFASIC Scotland 2002.

Including young people with speech and language impairments in secondary school: Guidelines and Tutor Notes Afasic Scotland 2007 (Editor).


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