Scaffolding and prompts for MFL students

Resources team
12th August 2019

Resources to support pupils with their speaking and writing skills in the target language

Confidence is something that secondary students often lack in the MFL classroom. We’ve selected a range of visual resources to encourage reluctant pupils to be more prepared, to take risks and to experiment with their speaking and writing. From reference mats to frameworks and sentence builders, these resources provide learners with a range of tools, which will enable them to feel independent and secure in their language production.

French Resources

KS4-5 Checklist for Wrting & Speaking

A handy checklist for the students to have under their eyes when producing extended spoken & written material. Could be used for self assessment, peer-assessment or teacher assessment or by the language assistant.l
By hengameh

Discursive Writing Helpbook - Advanced Higher French

Discursive Writing Helpbook contains 3 sample discursive writing pieces framed as reading comprehension exercises, 3 pages of discursive phrases (appropriate complex and sophisticated language) for the Discursive Writing element of the Advanced Higher exam plus 2 pages of (49) practice questions.
When printed out the booklet has the phrases in French and space for the pupils to translate into English.
Discursive Writing Answerbook has the English translations so could be given simply as a vocabulary resource but I have used this version to display the translations on the Smartboard.
The reading comprehension gives the pupils a taste of what is expected and guides them through structuring their own writing as well as introducing useful phrases. I have used the marking instructions to discuss with the class how the examples fulfil or fall short of the standards. They can then refer to these when writing their responses to the sample questions.
By lapoirebellehelene


Revision of the Perfect Tense through guided writing, presentations and gap fill. Scaffolding for independent writing on holidays.
By s_brand

Expressing opinion about hobbies 2 (faire/jouer)

A sentence builder to scaffold expressing opinions about hobbies.
By Frenchatgardenschool

Spanish Resources

Spanish activities (speaking and writing)

KS3 resources to practice writing and speaking skills in Spanish.
Worksheets with differentiated speaking and writing tasks.
By Aude BIE

IB Spanish ab initio Oral Exam - Presentation - help sheet

IB Spanish ab initio Oral Exam (25%)

Presentation - help sheet on how to structure an answer to include a variety of tenses
By JUpsall

Spanish KS4 Writing Checklist & Scaffold: mi familia longer writing tasks

Two longer writing tasks on the topic of family, with a clear checklist of success criteria for pupils and key vocabulary, connectives and structures to include.

By SecondaryMFLresources

German resources

Vocab sheet, meine Ferien

Vocab sheet/writing frame to help pupils include all important details when writing about their last holidays



These prompt cards are really popular with my students, and they use them not only for speaking practice, but also for multi-skill language learning. They have structured talk opportunities, and are also able to work on developing their listening, reading and writing skills. My students do tend to prefer working and learning independently, in pairs or in small groups learning, and perfect for pair and small-group work. The language and structures are generally those we meet in the more intermediate stages of our German learning, but it really does depend on the age at which your students began their German learning, and the stage they’re currently working at. The cards work best when we use them frequently, across a school year, or even learning phase - all my students enjoy going back to the start for a quick refresh, and it does wonders for their confidence.

The reference book includes all the questions and answers written out in full - we use this as a year-round reference resource too, and it’s useful for quick whole-group translation, vocab and grammar quizzes, which are a great way of revising and revisiting language and grammar in a more interactive and varied way. Students use the NOTES AND NEXT STEPS template to reflect on their learning, and think about what they might reasonably do to progress in their learning. The question and answer card template is really popular too - it allows students to use their German practically and creatively, again using a multi-skills approach, and they enjoy creating question and answer prompts. The cards are really versatile, and I’ve described several activities that work well for us. I always laminate my language learning cards, as they’re far more user-friendly, and last for absolutely years. The reference book is good to go - download, print out and photocopy in book format if possible.

The resource consists of two non-editable files in a zipped format; please read the TERMS OF USE carefully; the resource is copyright, all rights reserved. It may not be shared, copied or rewritten in any way. The license for purchase is a single-user license only.


By LivelyLearning

Scaffold for Healthy Living CAW

Scaffold for Healthy Living CAW
By amelia12001

Writing mat for past tense

Contains a summary of sentence starters, modal verbs, opinions, infinitive clauses, relative clauses etc to help students to improve their past tense writing.
By sommersprossen

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