MFL- Speaking skills teaching resources

Secondary MFL Speaking skills

It is widely accepted that speaking is both the most under-developed skill in language learners, and also the skill most closely related to motivation. This collection brings together for French, German and Spanish at KS3, 4, and 5 a number of tried and tested strategies and resources that really work to promote both unplanned/spontaneous and planned talk in the classroom.

French speaking skills

Y7 Speaking Line Activity

  • One example of this very useful and versatile whole class speaking strategy, which can be adapted and used across the age and ability range.

Describing a Life

  • Activity based on the Reading Images strategy - extremely effective for generating spontaneous talk in the classroom.

Pyramid sentence building

  • Useful model to encourage students to extend the length of their sentences in spoken French - the competitive element really works too!

Then and now

  • Very effective model to encourage spontaneous speaking in two tenses - comparing and contrasting then and now using appropriate visual stimuli.

Say what you see

  • This task develops students’ ability to form simple descriptive sentences and to begin to ask a variety of questions.

Spot the Difference Picture stimulus speaking

  • This resource forms part of a project looking at ways to encourage learners to interact more in the target language, developing the skills of both planned and unplanned (or spontaneous) talk.

Find someone who - sports and opinions

  • An example of this very useful speaking task.

Dice speaking activity - transport and reasons

  • A simple PowerPoint slide using dice to elicit responses from students building sentences about how they travel and reasons for that mode of transport.

Key structures - building sentences

  • This set of slides gives some examples of how to embed key sentence-building knowledge with learners.

What were the questions

  • Asking questions can be one aspect of language learning that gets neglected - this activity is an effective way to focus on question-forming.


German speaking skills

To encourage use of TL in class

  • One very clear and effective way to encourage students to use more TL in the classroom.

Speaking starter - freetime

  • Using the ‘target talk’ strategy, this starter activity focuses on future tense and freetime vocabulary.

Odd One Out

  • Odd one out activities are an excellent way to encourage creative use of the target language - here is one example.

German Yr 8 and Yr9 - Was sind die Fragen

  • Asking questions can be one aspect of language learning that gets neglected - this activity is an effective way to focus on question-forming.

Tell a story Narration activity

  • As learners get more confident in using the TL independently they are keen to have the opportunity to be more creative and imaginative in their speaking – tasks like them give them that opportunity.

Describing a film picture

  • Picture stimuli are very effective in eliciting spontaneous target language talk from students

Target Talk - German speaking activity

  • This activity is a 100% winner and never fails to get learners talking and concentrating on the meaning they are making at the same time.

Findet eine Person

  • Find someone who is a task type that encourages independent question-forming and more spontaneous interaction in the classroom.

Am Strand speaking activity

  • This task is another example of a picture stimulus activity.

Drama RolePlay Character cards

  • Giving student simple character cards in the TL is one certain way of ensuring that their role play performances are more convincing and more authentic.

Spanish speaking skills

Learner Talk Scheme - Spanish

  • A suggested plan for developing spontaneous talk in the KS3 classroom in Spanish.

Las palomitas - fortune tellers

  • A practical lesson involving creating fortune tellers in Spanish and then using them for a speaking task.

Starter activity - music & opinions

  • An activity to stimulate spontaneous talk and opinions through brief examples of different types of music.

Lima Foto Information Gap Task

  • A visual stimulus interaction task.

GCSE Speaking Tasks

  • A set of ideas for speaking activities to promote spontaneous talk at KS4 and prepare students well for the requirements of the new GCSE controlled assessments.

Reading Images Y10 (2)

  • A set of prompts to generate spontaneous spoken output that can easily be applied routinely to other visual stimuli so that students get used to responding to the same sorts of questions in new contexts and with new pictures.

Mastermind - Spanish Holidays example

  • A simple, yet effective game to practise speaking - easily adapted to other topics.

Y9 Cuales son las preguntas

  • Asking questions can be one aspect of language learning that gets neglected - this activity is an effective way to focus on question-forming.

Picture-based speaking restaurant

  • Visual stimulus and progressive tasks showing how to generate speaking around the picture at Year 7, 8 , 9 and KS4. The model here can be adapted to other stimuli of course.

Find someone who

  • Revision speaking activity that works well to practise asking and well as answering essential questions.

Speaking skills for all languages

Describe what you see

Speaking ideas for pair work and group work

Blockbusters - talk for 30 seconds

Holiday Week Narration Sequence pictures only

Talk for a minute various topics

Morph Storyboard

Mastermind instructions

Speaking Line instructions

Illness narration sequence

Cinema narration sequence


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