Modern Foreign Languages - Resource of the week - Tales of the unexpected

30th March 2012 at 01:00

BBC Class Clips' animated tales of love, conflict and revenge will have primary and beginner language learners gripped.

What is it?

A series of short animated clips retelling classic stories. They are available in French, Spanish and German, and give pupils an authentic, entertaining listening experience. Stories include The Tortoise and the Hare, The Butterfly Lovers and Anansi and Turtle. Many of the videos can also be streamed in English to help pupils with translations.

Having taught any necessary key vocabulary, treat pupils to an end-of-lesson animation, seeing what words they can pick out. Who can summarise the story? Who can translate the most key words? On second viewing, work through a couple of scenes in detail, focusing on grammar points. If you are feeling creative, you could finish by encouraging pupils to create their own stories for homework.

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