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    Form Time and Assemblies,  French,  German,  Teaching Tips,  Uncategorized

    Running A Successful European Day of Languages (EDL)

    The European Day of Languages I love, love, love, loooooove the 26th September. This is because it is the official European Day of Languages (EDL), which, since 2001, has been ‘jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union’. The day involves millions of people across over 45 countries who carry out activities to celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe and promote language learning, both inside and outside of educational establishments. Getting EDL Ready In July 2017, I was coming towards the end of my NQT year and had recently started at a new school. Just as I thought I was getting an easy-ride, I was tasked with organising the…

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    French GCSE Listening Skills,  French GCSE Speaking Skills,  German GCSE,  German GCSE Speaking Skills,  MFL GCSE Speaking Skills,  Reflections,  Teaching Tips,  Uncategorized

    Using Target Language for Progress in the Classroom

    Using Target Language in the classroom can be somewhat of a minefield. Should I use it? Shouldn’t I use it? How much should I use? The students don’t understand, the students aren’t using it…. This is a struggle for many teachers and so, in this post, I will be sharing my teaching experience of using of target language in the classroom. You will read about professional research carried out on the topic and I will offer some practical ideas and useful resources on how to use target language effectively in the Modern Foreign Language (MFL) or English Language Teaching (ELT) classroom. What Is Target Language? I started teaching English To Speakers…

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    French GCSE Speaking Skills,  German GCSE Speaking Skills,  MFL GCSE Speaking Skills,  Teaching Tips,  Uncategorized,  Vocabulary Learning

    Teaching Tips of The Week

    Teaching Tips and Ideas To Use In The Classroom Each Week I come across brilliant teaching ideas and teaching tips that would be fantastic to use in the modern language or ESOL classroom, daily. Unfortunately, I don’t do anything with the majority of them; mainly, because there are so many! Whilst there are many teaching ideas which are gimmicky, there are many that could be used to break away from monotonous lessons with the same activities week in, week out.  For this reason, I am challenging myself to collect lots of these teaching tips in one place; here, for myself and for you! As the activities increase, I will collate…

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    Don’t Survive As An NQT, Thrive – Tips

    What I Wish I Had Known When I Started My NQT Year From 2016-2017, I was an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher). After seeing the hashtag #nqttips on Twitter recently and with it being the start of a new academic year, I wanted to put together some NQT tips that could be used by NQT’s but might also serve as a useful refresher to all teachers in the new academic year. Many of these NQT tips are bits of advice that I wish I had been given when I began my NQT year in 2016 and which I feel would have made my year go even better. I undertook my NQT…

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    Reflections,  Teaching Tips

    Making The Most of Summer Holidays 2018

    How have you made the most of your summer holidays this year? Me? I went gallivanting across Europe with a road trip and some relaxing breaks abroad! Travelling is a brilliant way to de-stress after hectic weeks and months of teaching at school. Whilst I absolutely love to teach, I love to travel just as much; exploring other cultures, cities and traditions makes me very happy. So, taking advantage of the free time during the school holidays is the perfect time to enjoy this (expensive) hobby. To indulge this summer holiday, I planned three trips which kicked off the week after the school holidays commenced in July. The first trip…

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    French,  French GCSE,  German,  German GCSE,  Teaching Tips,  Uncategorized,  Vocabulary Learning

    Revision Bingo for Language Lessons

    Revision – it’s part of the learning process. But, how can teachers make this, often mundane task, enjoyable for learners in the classroom? This particular post is about a brilliant revision activity that I read about recently (via @lessontoolbox): revision bingo. The game is excellent for so many reasons! zero preparation to set up (always a bonus!) it can be used in any language lesson which has had some previous input of the topic being revised, including ESOL, ESL and in KS3, KS4 and KS5 French, German, Spanish or other modern language classrooms use it to revise previously taught vocabulary, sentence structures, grammatical structures, tenses and so much more   How…

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    French GCSE,  French GCSE Speaking Skills,  French GCSE Writing Skills,  German GCSE Speaking Skills,  German GCSE Writing Skills,  MFL GCSE Speaking Skills,  Teaching Tips,  Uncategorized

    Progress in MFL Writing and Speaking GCSEs

    Progress is a key factor for language teachers and students in Modern Foreign Language at KS3 and KS4. Looking to spruce up your Modern Languages display with useful resources to improve students’ speaking and writing for GCSE Modern Languages, including French, Spanish and German? Read about our excellent MFL GCSE Progress Ladder Display for getting students to think about what to include in their speaking and writing examinations for MFL to get those all important marks… Speaking and Writing GCSE Modern Language Examinations The writing and speaking examinations in GCSE Modern Languages count for 50% of the whole exam grade. This is, quite clearly, a significant percentage. However, I have…

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    Teaching Tips

    Homework Ideas for French German and Spanish Classrooms

    According to a 2015 article in the Independent Newspaper “Homework […] is an important component of education for students in the middle and upper grades of schooling.” Homework – Do Your Students Do It? Looking at the results of a (somewhat crude!) Twitter poll which I recently carried out, attracting 87 responses, if homework is an important component of education, why is homework only handed in to an acceptable standard and submitted on time to 6% of teachers?  The Homework Struggle Is Real! Homework is easy enough to set. But, despite working in a Grammar school this year with a clear homework policy, getting students to do homework to a…

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    French GCSE Speaking Skills,  German GCSE Speaking Skills,  MFL GCSE Speaking Skills

    Spontaneous Speaking Cups – Languages Activity

    Speaking Cups – Spontaneous Speaking Activity for The Language Classroom Spontaneous speaking has always been a skill that I struggle to facilitate in the languages classroom, especially with lively French and German GCSE students who often need a lot of structure to flourish with speaking activities. It’s a shame, seeing as it’s a necessary skill to have in order to communicate in a foreign language! However, with the new GCSE specifications, spontaneous speaking is the skill that I am really trying to develop in my classroom to help prepare my students for the general conversation section of the AQA GCSE French and German speaking examinations, as well as, simply, to…

  • French,  German,  Reflections,  Teaching Tips,  Uncategorized

    How To Plan Lessons for Visual Learners

     Why Plan Lessons for Visual Learners? When I did my teacher training a couple of years ago, I was taught about Neil Fleming’s VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic) model. This sensory modalities learning model suggests that people acquire information differently and this should be taken into consideration when preparing lessons. So, when my mentor and other language teachers advised using visuals in my teaching materials, I understood that this would help visual learners to acquire what I was teaching them better. What is Visual Learning? Visual learning is a way of learning in which information is associated with images or graphics and according to research, 65% of people class…