Dr Rachel Hawkes has produced a framework of ten steps to language learning that teachers may find invaluable in meeting the demands of senior management for evidence of progress. The ten steps have important features, such as writing words and phrases from memory rather than copying, that are consistent with the approach to languages set out on this site, and can easily be adapted to meet individual interests and requirements, as, like most of the materials on Rachel's site, they are free to download. This may well have save a lot of teachers a great deal of work and stress.
The one element that I would personally change is in the degree of accuracy required in writing in the initial stages. The approach on this site is based on the idea that children learning a new language need to adjust their thinking so that they can use new structures, and part of this is understanding the different relations of letters to sounds. Having them practise single words and then sentences, using tracing on the sleeve and mini boards, so that children only write in a book what they know they will get right, builds confidence more effectively than simply accepting errors. Children also make fewer errors when they fully understand what they are trying to do, and why. A little practice in the early stages saves a great deal of frustration later on.