Thanks Julie for adding to my earlier post about this inquiry. Having worked with the teachers involved with this inquiry for a number of weeks both in the planning and teaching stages, I can say that their openness to try new approaches and their meticulous planning for delivery were incredible. Coming from a languages background myself, I have been struggling to understand for several years how to make an inquiry approach to language teaching and learning work – especially in the way the MYP would seem to envisage it being taught. This is just not the way in which languages are usually taught, and as Julie rightly says, it does appear that a number of sacrifices are required in order to adopt an inquiry approach. This does not mean it is not possible, but weighing up the advantages afforded by cultural awareness against language production proficiency does become an important consideration. I am sure we will come back to this in future posts.