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Modern Languages - Cine-minis and German gems

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Over the past few months, many will have seen the last instalment of Harry Potter, relived their younger years with the Smurfs or endured Spy Kids in 4D Aroma-Scope with younger viewers. Films are a good classroom tool as they don't feel like "work" to learners.

The benefit of short films

Asking younger pupils to watch a full-length French or German film might be pushing it. That's where short films come into their own: they are direct and can be played repeatedly.

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Cine-minis from the British Film Institute offers 12 French films that vary from three to 12 minutes, selected for use with seven to 14-year- olds. Le genie de la boite de raviolis is an animated fairytale about wishes, while Les Crayons looks like a live action story of young love - but is it?

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More to discover

TES Resources also has a collection of games and activities to help you embed those first German gems in young minds and get them excited about the language and culture. All the materials in the collection have been shared by the teaching community on the TES website.

Getting started

Use cjs_uk's Germany quiz to introduce the country and language and find out what your pupils already know. Then try lydiadavies's resources full of greetings and vocabulary to introduce yourself. If there are any birthdays coming up in your class, newfiftytwo's resources "Wie feierst du deinen Geburtstag?" can help introduce the topic of birthdays and the birthday song Auf Deutsch.

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