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    Teaching Activity Of The Week – Edition 5

    TEACHING IDEA OF THE WEEK – EDITION 5 – SYNONYMS AND ANTONYMS CHALLENGE This week, I used a really good starter in my English lessons (adaptable to French, German and Spanish etc). The teaching activity got my students thinking as soon as they came in to the classroom. If you are looking for a low prep teaching activity, which can be adapted and used in all of your classes this week, then try this synonyms and antonyms vocab challenge out! Teaching Tip Of The Week – Edition 5 Title: Synonym and Antonym Vocab Challenge Aim: Re-call previously learnt vocabulary and develop it further Level: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Resources: , paper, pen and…

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

    10 Fun Ideas To Teach Vocabulary In Your Classroom

    Learning Vocabulary Both from personal and professional experience, learning and being able to use vocabulary is a vital component to having confidence and being successful in communicating in any foreign language. Therefore it is important to teach vocabulary well to help students acquire and use the language, as well as develop that confidence. I recently travelled to Spain and managed to communicate with hand gestures and the words I remembered from doing my GCSE in one year, in 2003. I didn’t need grammar, because I could communicate with the words I knew and recognised. However, I certainly would have felt more confident if I had had more vocabulary in my brain.…

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    Teaching Numbers – Fun Speaking Activity

    Finding enough speaking activities and free speaking practice, which are useful, is definitely my downfall when it comes to teaching. When I came across this speaking activity on teaching numbers with its game element, I was thrilled. Read about my take on the game below. I have been teaching numbers since 2009. In the past, I have done addition/subtraction and multiplication sums, as it adds a cross-curricular element. However, I tend to find that it takes longer to teach the numbers, because students are focusing on the maths involved. In the future, I will definitely utilise this activity for teaching numbers (small or large) for free speaking, in any language. The activity is…

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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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    Teaching Tips of The Week For The Language Classroom

    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 classroom or English Language classroom daily. Unfortunately, I don’t do anything with the majority of them; mainly, because there are so many and they are hard to keep track of! 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…

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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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    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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    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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    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…