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    French,  French GCSE,  German,  German GCSE,  MFL Skills Development,  Teaching Tips,  Uncategorized

    How To Ask Questions Language Edition

    The art of asking can be quite a daunting task for many in their own language, let alone a foreign language. This post aims to discuss why we need to know how to ask questions, provide a comprehensive explanation of how to ask questions in French, Spanish, English and German, as well as suggest some helpful and innovative resources for practising the art of asking questions and replying to them in French, German and other languages. Why Do We Need To Know How To Ask Questions? Questions help make sense of the world, they empower people as learners and are pivotal for solving problems, finding solutions and enacting change (Godinho,…

  • retrieval practice
    French,  French GCSE,  German,  German GCSE,  MFL Skills Development,  Teaching Tips,  Uncategorized,  Vocabulary Learning

    Retrieval Practice Grids in MFL

    The Practice of Retrieval ‘When we think about learning, we typically focus on getting information into students’ heads. What if, instead, we focus on getting information out of students’ heads?’ (Agarwal, 2017) Whilst I feel the quotation is useful in introducing retrieval practice, which the Oxford Dictionary defines as: ‘the process of getting something back from somewhere’, it’s a process teachers do automatically on a daily basis. This could be in the form of recaps at the beginning of lessons, through questioning or activities during the lessonas well as in a mini-plenary or a final plenary. It is also the idea of summative assessments at the end of a unit or in KS4, for GCSE…

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

    KS3 French and GCSE French Writing Marksheet

    French Writing GCSE and KS3 Marksheet I started teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in an adult education college in 2009 and although I did set writing homework, it was voluntary. So, I wasn’t obliged to do lots of marking and therefore didn’t appreciate the levels of marking teachers actually have to do. So what changed?! In 2015, my life changed (!) and I began teaching KS3 French and GCSE French in secondary schools. At this point, I was expected to set and mark written homework for 8-11 different classes on a regular basis. Therefore, in the evenings, like many other secondary school language teachers, I spent hours marking…

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

    French Speaking Questions for GCSE Practice

    How To Help Students with The French Speaking General Conversation GCSE Exams In order to support the French Speaking of my students, I collated a number of foundation level and higher tier questions and put them into a handout which you will find at the bottom of the post. I have also highlighted keywords that sometimes students struggle to grasp, plus activity suggestions that can be used to support their revision for the general conversation exam. However, these questions might also be useful for the bullet points in the writing examinations. AQA French Speaking General Conversation Guidance for Students: FOUNDATION TIER: At foundation level your general french speaking conversation will last…

  • how to learn vocabulary effectively for modern languages
    French,  French GCSE,  French GCSE Speaking Skills,  French GCSE Writing Skills,  German,  German GCSE,  German GCSE Speaking Skills,  German GCSE Writing Skills,  Teaching Tips,  Vocabulary Learning

    How To Learn Vocabulary for Modern Languages

     How To Learn Vocabulary Effectively For modern languages, you need vocabulary to communicate well. However, students often find it difficult to remember words and sentences they are taught in the classroom between lessons. Some learners equally struggle to know how to learn vocabulary outside of the classroom, which can therefore present a problem in the ability to communicate verbally or in written form, as well as understand information aurally or through reading. If students are unable to complete the tasks required of them in the MFL classroom, then they will feel demotivated which will lead to its own issues including de-motivation, and even a feeling of failure or frustration. I started…

  • speaking languages spontaneously MFL GCSE
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    Speaking Languages Spontaneously with Questions

    Speaking languages spontaneously can be quite of daunting, especially at in a GCSE French, German or Spanish classroom. However, one of my professional targets this year is to develop my application of teaching spontaneous speaking in languages at GCSE (in my case, that’s French and German), and so I am always on the look out for exciting speaking activities that will really help learners to be able to develop this skill within the classroom. I have found many activities through fantastic teachers on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest who willingly share their ideas, but I want to improve my own creativity in the classroom and have therefore developed an activity to…

  • ecoutez french listening skills gcse websites
    French,  French GCSE,  French GCSE Listening Skills

    6 French Listening GCSE Websites To Improve Skills

    Why Improve French Listening Skills for GCSE? For the revised 9-1 AQA GCSE French examinations from 2016, each skill: speaking, listening, reading and writing now accounts for 25% of the overall GCSE French grade. In addition, ‘students must enter at one tier for all four skills, not a combination of both’ (AQA Summary Of Changes), which suggests that developing solid French listening skills has become an even more vital component for being successful in the subject. With the changes in allocation of marks and ‘the requirement for students to manipulate and make more independent use of the target language’ (AQA Summary of Changes), there are other added pressures, such as…