Revise the basics in MFL

Flora Michti
08th January 2019
Revise the basics in MFL

Lesson ideas, games and worksheets for revision in French, German and Spanish

The Christmas holidays are over and you're feverishly looking for ways to ensure students have not forgotten everything they learned before mince pies made their yearly appearance. We've selected the most popular resources to help your pupils remember the basics.


Use these worksheets, puzzles and interactive activities to review the alphabet, greetings, numbers and family vocabulary.

Absolute beginners French - Narrow reading on basics

Narrow reading + comprehension tasks on basics. Lots of recycing

By Gianfranco Conti

Revision Wordle - The basics

A wordle or word cloud that includes categories of vocabulary for students to revise. They must search for and colour in the words that belong to that category. It's a great way to revise a huge group of vocabulary in an easy and accessible way in preparation for an assessment.
Plenty of opportunities to extend and challenge further...
By Jordon Owen

Numbers revision challenge

Whole-class thinking skills/numeracy activity suitable for any language once students have learned/revised numbers to 31
By kate920

French 'Tout sur moi' All about me sheet- End of Year or First Lesson Back activity

Great end of year activity especially for pupils who enjoy doodling and making things look pretty- this is surely a winner for a gel pen fan! It would also make a great first lesson
3 slides included

  1. Pre-populated poster with answers filled in.
  2. A version with questions written at the top of each box for pupils to respond to
  3. An empty version without the question so pupils have autonomy over content. This is also editable so you can amend the language according to your year group and topic. Simply add text boxes over the box and put your own question in.

Two word mats are also included to support pupils with vocabulary they probably should know but maybe haven’t used since September/October and they want some kind of reference! These make great start of topic glossaries or learning homework sheets as well so print and use next year.

By Betsy Belle

French alphabet, l'alphabet en français interactive activities

French alphabet

Teaching the alphabet is one of the first lessons when we teach French to absolute beginners. (level A1)
However how can we spice it up a little bit? How can we challenge our students a bit while learning the accurate pronunciation of letters?
This resource will help you teach the alphabet in an active way combining group work and dictionary contest.

⭐Here is what you get with this 61-slide PPT:⭐

  • a self-target setting slide
  • a starter where students make a list in pairs of words they might know in French
  • an introduction to the alphabet through a dictionary contest (students look for words in the dictionary in English to find the translation in French). However I suggest this activity only if you have students who know how to use a dictionary, or you can adapt it by giving them just a couple of words in groups.
  • an introduction to every letter with the sound and some pictures illustrating words in French that start with this letter. You also have some explanations about some letters to make it easier for kids to remember them.
  • a slide with all the letters that I use as a RAP song which kids absolutely love.
  • an activity with the language sign and alphabet at the bottom to practise with kinesthetic students
  • 2 listening activities with the letters for students to reinforce the pronunciation
  • 1 video
  • a conversation in pairs where students change some details
  • a review of objectives

If you have a weaker class you may want to use the alphabet sound based on English at the bottom ay, bay, say) of the slide.

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By Caroline Musserotte

French Family (La Famille) Worksheets / Puzzles

Beginning French writing printables for a French Family / My Family (La Famille / Ma Famille) Topic: 3 worksheets, a crossword and a wordsearch for consolidation and revision of key vocabulary. Originally designed for French beginners and near beginners in Primary - KS2 (Year 4, 5 and 6) -and early Secondary - KS3 (Year 7) and equivalents. Differentiation: one of the worksheets and the 2 puzzles are included in two versions to suit different abilities. Answers included for all. All are in PDF format within the Zip File. SAVE: Available in a BUNDLE with a Lesson Presentation and Games.

Includes these family members: le frere (brother), la soeur (sister), le fils (son), la fille (daughter), le pere (father), la mere (mother), le bebe (baby), le grand-pere (grandfather), la grand-mere (grandmother), le beau-pere (stepfather), la belle-mere (stepmother), le demi-frere (stepbrother), la demie-soeur (stepsister), l’oncle (uncle), la tante (aunt), le cousin (male cousin), la cousine (female cousin), les jumeaux (twins), enfant unique (only child). ‘Mon’ and ‘ma’ are also used to say ‘my father’, ‘my sister’ etc.

The worksheets also practise answering questions about families such as Qui est-ce? (Who is this?), Tu as des freres ou des soeurs? (Do you have any brothers or sisters?) and Combien de personnes il y a dans ta famille? (How many people are there in your family?). Giving names, ages and information about where people live is also consolidated alongside family vocabulary.

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Huge French Basics Bundle (over 70 resources)
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By FullShelf


Help learners practise talking about themselves with these speaking and writing activities.

German basics: pre-printed fortune teller

Pre-printed fortune teller to practise simple numbers, greetings and name question and answer. Differentiated.
By TDav

KS3 German - Revision of basics

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU NEED TO PLAY THESE POWERPOINTS IN PRESENTER VIEW IN ORDER TO READ THE NOTES. The notes give a lot more detail about how to use the slides in your lesson and each lesson is planned to last AT LEAST an hour with an average sized class.

Worried about the pressures of planning a whole new set of resources for the new GCSE specification?
Have no fear, MFL Creativity is here!
Over the next year, well-thought out individual and bundle lessons will be uploaded for German, minimizing your planning and saving you time!

New SoW based resources that interlink, meaning minimal planning for you.
Clear instructions available in the “Notes” segment of the PowerPoint.
Varied practice and assessment activities throughout.
Regular lesson-based, challenging, differentiated homework.
Lower prices for bundle packages.
Vocabulary slides as investigative revision.
By MFLcreativity

Die Zahlen (German numbers) worksheet

German numbers worksheet. 3 exercises 1) word search with numbers 2) fill in the blanks 3)practice writing numbers - this resource also requires the use of numeracy skills

***There is a mini mistake on the worksheet Q B sieben needs an extra blank! ***
By kimmccarney

Alles über mich

Alles über mich
Power Point and Worksheet
Name, Zahlen, Monate, Tiere, Lieblings essen. Lieblings farbe, Geschlect,
By Tinah75


INCLUDES: lesson with audio/ lesson plans/ exercise/ resources for role-playing/ poster for display/ certificate of merit

SUBJECTS: Wie heißt du?/ Wie geht es dir?
SET UP: The children of Cosmoville introduce themselves to the KIZOUKA children, who have just moved into town. The mother, POPPY, is from America and the father, SIMON, is from Africa.

Colourful PDF files from the COSMOVILLE book series, featuring lessons 01-02 from unit 1: ABOUT YOU. The PDF files have the SOUND embedded (PDF files require ADOBE READER to access audio content) and can be used on whiteboards. The folder also includes printable students’ activity worksheets and CUT-OUT characters’ masks for practising role-playing.

Subjects: Greetings, German Alphabet and pronunciation
• Topic worksheet: Wie heißt du?
• Practice worksheet: Wie geht es dir?
• Nationalities and countries

Academic level: Year 3/4
Attainment targets: (pupils’ activity)
• Reading, listening & speaking (2 practice worksheets + 1 poster)
• Understanding & writing (2 practice worksheets)

Learning objectives:
• Introducing yourself
• German alphabet
• Understanding classroom instructions
• German consonants
• Capitalization and gender
Learning objectives:
• Introducing yourself
• Understanding classroom instructions
• Familiarizing with German phonics

Folder includes: 27 documents

• 5 x colourful PDF files with sound embedded for classroom presentation
• 5 x printable students’ activity worksheets
• 1 x large classroom poster with sound embedded for display
• 3 pages with the Genesis and characters' description
• 11 pages featuring 2 complete lesson plans
• 2 cut-out characters’ masks for role-playing
o die Sängerin
o der Tänzer

This COMPLETE LESSON is also available in FRENCH, SPANISH and ENGLISH.
By maskaradelanguages

Familie - German Speaking Activity

No prep pair-work speaking activity.

Part 1: Photo description & comparison

  • Encourages use of linking terms, connectors and cohesive devices
  • Vocabulary acquisition

Part 2: Discussion questions

  • Debates
  • Agree / disagree
  • Advantages / disadvantages
  • Encourages fluency and confidence using German

Can be used for a 1-1 speaking class or pair-work activity in a large class

Instructions for PART 1:
1) Working with a partner with the same photo (student As with As, Bs with Bs), students attempt to identify the vocabulary in their photo. (alternatively, for low-level students, the teacher can provide students with a vocabulary list and the students label the photo).
2) Change pairs to AB.
3) Student A describes photo while student B listens attentively.
4) Student B describes photo while student A listens attentively.
5) Still without looking at each other’s photos, students attempt to identify 3 differences between their photos.
Students may now look at each other’s photos and describe 2-3 differences each.

Encourage use of CONNECTORS:

  • Erstens, Zweitens, Zusammengefasst
  • Aber, Andererseits, Während
  • Darüber hinaus, Des weiteren, Außerdem

Instructions for PART 2
1) Students ask each other the discussion questions. Encourage students to:

  • Extend their answers
  • Elicit more information
  • Agree / disagree with their partners
  • Justify their arguments

2) Students try and report to their new partner everything they can remember which their old partner has just told them.

Encourage students to use the questions to guide their memory.


By fingertips-resources


Revise the basics with these lesson ideas and tasks, some of which can also be assigned as homework.

Yr 7 Spanish - revision of basics (HW or cover)

Worksheets to reinforce the basics. Suitable for homework, cover work or independent work in general.
By Gianfranco Conti

Y7 Spanish Code Breaker (The basics)

Code breaker activity in which students decode a letter and then answer questions based on the content. Revision of birthday, age, name, mood, where you live. Goes with Mira 1, Module 1.

By vixx2

La familia

I have used this with year 7 as an assessment and as a homework. You could simplify or add to this worksheet to differentiate.
By mthompsett

Basics and revision

This set of resources is aimed at young Spanish learners and includes many worksheets and reference material on different topics (name, age, birthday, dates, numbers, alphabet, classroom languages, key verbs, family…), They can be used to first learn about a topic or to revise for a test or at the end of the year.

By MrLoutre

Spanish Description - Todo Sobre Mi (familia, comida, me gusta, no me gusta, soy, no soy, futuro)

A great opportunity for pupils to work on their profiles whilst incorporating the use of grammar, descriptions, adjectives, the negative form and the future.


  • Personal information: birthday, where they live and age.

  • Family: describe your family and house.

  • My favourites: film, book, animal, colour, series, sport…

  • Preferences: Using “me gusta”, room to exploit verbs in their infinitive form.

  • Interesting fact about me: expanding vocabulary, making them think about something unique about them.

  • Food: Always good to do some revision on food.

  • The negative: no me gusta, no soy… Self-steem booster, confidence booster, opportunity to think outside the box.

  • My best friend: Using the third person singular with verbs like “tener” and “ser”.

  • The future: possibility to use “I am going to…” or “I will…” for different situations, tomorrow, next weekend or in the year…

I hope you and your pupils find this useful!

By zenelymr

Spanish Alphabet Unit

This 5-day unit for the Spanish alphabet contains classwork assignments for the first 2 days, a vocabulary handout, listening scripts, drills for each day, and a culminating project with a rubric, an example, and a rough draft handout. Each lesson contains detailed plans. This unit incorporates a variety of technology (including the link to a great song on youtube that students will not be able to get out of their heads) and the project uses powerpoint. The classwork assignments include listening, speaking, and writing sections each day. Answer keys are included. Students will learn all 30 letters of the Spanish alphabet, how to spell their names in Spanish, how to spell vocabulary words they have already learned, sound discrimination, and they will get a preview of Spanish 1 vocabulary during their Alphabet book project.

There are 22 pages in total
-7 pages of lesson plans
-11 pages for students
-3 pages of answer keys
-1 page for the cover
By Miss Senorita

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