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A passionate MFL and Media teacher for over 30 years, I am also a co-author of Expo 1 & 2 and am still involved in commercial textbook writing. I was an Advanced Skills Teacher for Modern Languages, running successful workshops for teachers. You will find here a range of resources for French and German teaching, mainly for 11-16 year olds. Plus some A-Level Media Studies and general learning resources. Based on over 30 years' classroom experience in the non-selective secondary state sector.

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A passionate MFL and Media teacher for over 30 years, I am also a co-author of Expo 1 & 2 and am still involved in commercial textbook writing. I was an Advanced Skills Teacher for Modern Languages, running successful workshops for teachers. You will find here a range of resources for French and German teaching, mainly for 11-16 year olds. Plus some A-Level Media Studies and general learning resources. Based on over 30 years' classroom experience in the non-selective secondary state sector.
French Film Activity Booklet: Bienvenue Chez les Ch'Tis
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French Film Activity Booklet: Bienvenue Chez les Ch'Tis

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A French activity booklet based around the successful film, Bienvenue Chez les Ch’Tis (Boon, 2008) The resource consists of • 13 pages of activities plus 4 glossary pages covering the words used in the exercises and 1 final page containing ideas for exploiting glossaries. • A separate answer booklet. The ideal target age is 14+. The slang spoken by the Northerners may be a little too bizarre to inflict on beginners but is a delight for more advanced linguists. Activities are graded by ability. The resource could be used with more disaffected pupils, perhaps those who have decided not to continue with French for GCSE. The booklet could be given to pupils as a three week study/project module. It can also be used for older pupils and adults who want to keep their French ticking over. The resource includes an observational quiz based on a 7 minute sequence towards the start of the film. The observation quiz section can be done orally or in writing. The focus is in English to give all pupils an opportunity to show their often exceptional powers of observation. These sections work well as a class game – one side of the room against the other or boys v girls. They are a good way to keep less motivated pupils engaged. Vocabulary from the quiz is followed-up in subsequent activities. The quiz is actually a discrete opportunity to contextualize vocabulary. The activities also offer opportunities to discuss prejudice and intolerance. There is one film review-writing activity. The main focus is however on developing vocabulary. This is another of my French UFTEL (Using Film to Explore Language) resources. I hope it shows the benefits of Using Film to Engage Linguists. Amusez-vous bien. Jon Meier.
German 'Call My Bluff' Quiz
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German 'Call My Bluff' Quiz

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A German 'Call My Bluff' style quiz on general words. 25 questions: 5 easy, 5 medium, 5 hard and 10 harder. Good for an end of term activity. The words are, in general, not too obscure and not ridiculously long. Suitable for 12-17 year olds. Resource includes: 1) the main Powerpoint 2) a blank answer grid for pupils. 3) Plus the Teachers' answers. The answers are also on the final Powerpoint slide. Some literal meanings are also explained here too. Slide 28 also contains a link to a Kahoot version of the same quiz.This could be done as a recap or reward activity after the going through the Powerpoint quiz and the answers.
French workbook on 'Quais de Seine' by Gurinder Chadha (6 minute short)
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French workbook on 'Quais de Seine' by Gurinder Chadha (6 minute short)

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A booklet of differentiated activities in French, based around the 6 minute short film 'Quais de Seine by Gurinder Chadha. This charming short film made in 2006 by the female director of ‘Bend it Like Beckham’, ‘Quais de Seine’ is a 6 minute section of a longer film called ‘Paris Je t’aime’, a series of chapters set in various districts (arrondissements) of Paris. It is a simple, self-contained story full of ideas about race, sexism, prejudice, integration and friendship. The film is ideal for Years 10 to 13. Available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLL4ogfxvss The film is ideal for luring your Year 10 and 11 pupils towards French A-Level. The booklet consists of 7 basic level activities (GCSE level) 10 more advanced activities (A-Level) Plus an answer section for cover teachers. There is a useful ALE (A Level Essentials) section with killer essay language which can be used in work about racism and intolerance. ______________________________________________________________ The resource is another UFTELL tool: Using Film to Enthuse Language learners. Using Film to Enhance Language-Learning _______________________________________________________________________ This activity booklet could easily provide 2 weeks of lesson material. Remember: You don't need to buy the film - it's on Youtube and it's only 6 minutes long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLL4ogfxvss
Deutschland 83 Episode 1 Study Booklet for A-Level Media
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Deutschland 83 Episode 1 Study Booklet for A-Level Media

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The ‘Deutschland 83’ Episode 1 Study Booklet is a 24-page workbook particularly aimed at students doing the OCR A-Level Media Studies course. It is filled with activities, notes and thought-provoking questions, designed to give students a thorough overview of Episode 1 of this fascinating series. The aim is to encourage students to engage with the questions, and to understand wider themes and aspects of representations. The workbook is especially suitable for 16-18 year olds, Media A-Level students and also for anyone generally interested in Channel 4 long-form TV dramas, film, plus the issues around the production and appeal of subtitled TV drama in the English speaking world . OCR A-Level Media Studies Teachers should find the workbook useful as it gives students an opportunity to work independently on a range of activities. The study pack is also intended to be a useful revision resource. The resource may also be of interest to teachers of History and A-Level German. I have also done a booklet on Episode 1 of ‘Stranger Things’, a different but equally compelling series which explores aspects of retro sci-fi, ‘coming of age’ themes and intertextuality.
French workbook on the trailer for 'Intouchables'
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French workbook on the trailer for 'Intouchables'

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A booklet of 8 differentiated activities based on the trailer for ‘Intouchables’. (French audio with English subtitles). Available on Youtube, the trailer is short (1m 51secs), visually interesting and fast-paced. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RqDiYnFxTk short URL: http://bit.ly/2ieQoSX ********** The booklet consists of 3 pages of activities in French (8 exercises) + an answer section. 8 differentiated exercises, suitable for year 10 upwards (14-18 year olds) The clip is an ideal taster to attract pupils towards post-16 French study. ********** The clip and these resources are a good introduction to the Advanced level French film topic. It can be used in A-Level taster lessons and as a stimulus for post-GCSE bridging work. ‘Intouchables’ (Nakache, Toledano 2011) is a touching, humorous and thought-provoking exploration of friendship and social divisions. It raises questions about society’s attitudes to race and disability. The booklet introduces learners to some of the language required to tackle these themes. One of Jon Meier’s many UFTELL resources. UFTELL = using film to enhance language-learning. UFTELL = using film to enthuse language learners.
'Mr Bean's Holiday' French Film Activity Booklet
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'Mr Bean's Holiday' French Film Activity Booklet

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A 28-page booklet based around the film ‘Mr Bean's Holiday' (Bendelack, 2007) Although the film is English, it provides lots of opportunities to discuss aspects of French life and explore French vocabulary in context. The activities are graded by difficulty , and are suitable for 11 -15 year olds. The resource could be given to pupils as a three week study/project module. The pupils' booklet includes a 7 page alphabetical vocabulary glossary. The resource also comes with a separate answer booklet. Look out for other UFTEL (Using Film to Explore Language) booklets written by Jon Meier. Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis Taxi 1 Un Chat à Paris La Maison du Bonheur
Media Studies Keyword Revision Cards - free 72 word random sample (A-Level year 12)
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Media Studies Keyword Revision Cards - free 72 word random sample (A-Level year 12)

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Media Studies revision words for A-Level, Year 12. This is a free sample selection of 72 words. (8 pages) The pages can be folded over, borders trimmed and then laminated. They can then be cut into revision cards. Keyword on one side, definition on the other. They are designed to be used in class with pupils reading definitions or key words to each other. Also good for study circles and for use with learning buddies. An ideal resource for 'taboo' or card games - see below for a card game idea which always works well. The full set of cards (387 key words) is also available for £3. Copy and paste the following link: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/media-studies-revision-keywords-for-a-level-year-12-11264600 Another set of cards, suitable for y13, is in production. ______________________________________ Revision Card game instructions - ideally players sit in a table of 4, as for a card game. A pile of about 30 cards is formed, with the keyword facing downwards. Player A holds the pack and reads, to player B on his/her left, the definition on the top card, making sure the others don't see the answer. Player A reads the definition to player B, who is the player to his/her left. If player B knows the answer, s(he) says it and wins the card. Player B then takes the pile and reads the top one to Player C on his/her left. If they get the keyword right they win the card. And so on. If a player does not know the keyword or gets it wrong, the question passes on to the next person (anticlockwise) until someone says the correct answer. If no-one gets it, the player asking the question reads the correct answer and places the card at the bottom of the pile. When all the cards in the pile have been played, players add up how many cards they have won.
'French Roast' Film Activity Booklet
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'French Roast' Film Activity Booklet

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A set of activities about the compelling 8 minute French film 'French Roast'. (Joubert 2008) The film can be seen on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbFhATUfuow Although it only contains about 4 words of dialogue, the film provides plenty of scope to explore vocabulary and discuss aspects of French culture. It is also a good introduction to debates about prejudice. Suitable for 12-17 year olds. The material could be covered over 2 or 3 lessons plus a homework. Pupils could also use the booklet for independent study or project work. The booklet consists of 4 pages of activities which progress from basic observational vocabulary questions to more complex tasks about its message and techniques. There is also a film review scaffold which pupils can adapt. Answers are also provided. Do not copy these for the pupils! Another UFTEL resource (using Film to Explore Language). A must for anyone who loves film and France.
Stranger Things & Deutschland 83 Study Booklets
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Stranger Things & Deutschland 83 Study Booklets

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Two study booklets for A-Level Media Studies (with a particular focus on the OCR course). The booklets focus on Episode One of each series and contain over twenty pages of episode summaries, notes and activities.
'Stranger Things' Episode 1 Study Booklet
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'Stranger Things' Episode 1 Study Booklet

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The ‘Stranger Things’ Episode 1 Study Booklet is a 24 page workbook particularly aimed at students doing the OCR A-Level Media course. It is filled with activities, notes and thought-provoking questions, designed to give students a thorough overview of Episode 1 of this retro sci-fi series. The aim is to encourage students to engage with the questions, to understand wider themes and aspects of representations. The workbook is suitable especially for 16-18 year olds, Media A-Level students and also for anyone generally interested in Netflix-style long form TV dramas, film, and the issues around the production and global appeal of this type of drama. OCR A-Level Media Studies Teachers should find the workbook useful as it gives students an opportunity to work independently on a range of activities. The study pack is also intended to be a useful revision resource. I have also done a booklet on Episode 1 of Deutschland 83, a different but equally fascinating series which allows a comparison between English language and non-English language products.
German Higher Level Language List for GCSE
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German Higher Level Language List for GCSE

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A list of higher level language for GCSE German. Emphasis is on grade-boosting phrases and constructions. Ideal revision for those targeting higher grades in the Writing, Reading and Listening components. 5 pages with plenty of examples. Followed by a 'learning check' section - 30 examples from the main section to translate into English. The next section has the answers in English with space to translate them back into German. In 'Word' so it's customizable.
'French Roast' Film Activity Worksheet
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'French Roast' Film Activity Worksheet

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A 2 page worksheet based around the compelling 8 minute French film 'French Roast'. (Joubert 2008) The film can be seen on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbFhATUfuow Although it only contains about 4 words of dialogue, the film provides plenty of scope to explore vocabulary and discuss aspects of French culture. It is also a good introduction to debates about prejudice. Suitable for 12-16 year olds. Activities become progressively harder and more open-ended on page 2. _________________________________ The full premium version of this resource (4 pages + answers) is also available. Copy and paste this link: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/-french-roast-film-activity-booklet-11260061 Another UFTEL Resource by Jon Meier who is always Using Film to Explore Language and Using Film to Engage Learners.
German literal translations of Famous Brands
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German literal translations of Famous Brands

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4 pages of activities based around famous brands, logos and their literal German translations. The resource includes answers to all the activities. Differentiated activities suitable for near-beginners up to more advanced learners. A fun filler activity. A nice end of term or start of term resource. A distraction from the assessment grind.
French 'Play in a Day' - Cindy va à Hollywood (Full script & notes)
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French 'Play in a Day' - Cindy va à Hollywood (Full script & notes)

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A French/English pantomime-style play, based on Cinderella. Written by Jon Meier. Lots of humour and great fun - especially the 'France has Talent ' middle section. Most of the dialogue is in English but there's plenty of French, repeated and reinforced visually. Suitable for years 6-9. Duration around 30 mins. 17 in the cast (scope for flexibility, sharing and doubling of roles). Minimum 13 max 22 Others can be used for sound, props, poster and programme design etc Can be worked on in 1 day (with scripts) – intensive work with a scripted performance at the end of the day. Show in assembly or at a languages celebration event or just have fun reading it through. Ideal for a language/ drama festival competition Sixth-formers can help with the production. Language is visual and contextualised. Audience will also understand it as the story is familiar and the French is explained. Script contains details of props and sound effects, with links to downloadable sound effects. Vocabulary lists are also included with the script showing the vocabulary on each page. 3 page thumbnails of the opening scenes are also available as a free taster. Cindy sound files are on: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz9AQ-yjhXe6SGlBVmZwZFNFQkk
French 'Faux Amis'  Call My Bluff Quiz 1
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French 'Faux Amis' Call My Bluff Quiz 1

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A French 'call my bluff' quiz on False Friends Good for an end of term activity. Could be done as a form or inter-form competition. 25 questions: 5 easy, 5 medium, 5 hard and 10 very hard. Suitable for 11-17 year olds. There's a blank answer grid for pupils. Plus the Teachers' answers. The answers are also on the final Powerpoint slide. Slide 28 also contains a link to a Kahoot version of the same quiz.
'La Maison du Bonheur '  French Film Activity Booklet
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'La Maison du Bonheur ' French Film Activity Booklet

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A 14-page booklet based around the film ‘La Maison du Bonheur' (Boon, 2006) The activities are graded by difficulty , and are suitable for a range of pupils from 14 upwards. The film's themes also appeal to older learners - (debt, the dream of house ownership, marital love, work-pressures, suspect estate-agents and unreliable workmen) There is also an observational quiz section which could be done as a class competition. The resource could be given to pupils as a three week study/project module. The booklet (14 pages) includes a two-page glossary and an answer section. The observation quiz sections can be done orally or in writing. The focus is in English to give all pupils an opportunity to show their often exceptional powers of observation. These sections work well as a class game – one side of the room against the other or boys v girls. They are a good way to keep less motivated pupils engaged. Vocabulary from the quiz is followed-up in subsequent activities. The quiz is a discrete opportunity to contextualize vocabulary. Look out for other UFTEL (Using Film to Explore Language) booklets written by Jon Meier. Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis Taxi 1 Un Chat à Paris Mr Bean’s Holiday
French Call My Bluff 'Faux Amis' Quiz 2 (easier)
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French Call My Bluff 'Faux Amis' Quiz 2 (easier)

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A fairly easy French 'Call My Bluff' quiz on False Friends. Contains fairly common, basic misleading high-frequency words (false cognates). Good for an end of term activity. Could be done as a form or inter-form competition. 25 questions: 5 easy, 5 a bit less easy, 5 slightly harder + 10 harder. Suitable for 9-14 year olds. As well as the main Powerpoint, you get: a blank answer grid for pupils, the answer sheet for marking. The answers are also on the final Powerpoint slide. Slide 28 also contains a link to a Kahoot version of the same quiz. You could run the Kahoot quiz as a recap or reward activity once you've been through the answers.
A-Level Media Studies Background Study Booklet - (Key Concepts)
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A-Level Media Studies Background Study Booklet - (Key Concepts)

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A 28 page workbook for students in their first year of A-Level Media Studies. Contains: -useful keyword terminology and definitions. -activities based around textual analysis and the key media concepts. -a list of short video texts, mainly adverts, which are ideal for studying film and media codes. -theory cards for revision. -lots of homework and self-study tasks. A workbook rather than a textbook. Photocopiable, so only a one-off purchase cost is involved. Suitable for background, parallel study, it could also provide a year's worth of home study tasks or 'flipped classroom' activities
A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, 1971) Activity Booklet for A-Level Media
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A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick, 1971) Activity Booklet for A-Level Media

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A 9 page activity and discussion booklet for A-Level Media and Film Studies students. Contains guided questions to help students with aspects of key media concepts. There are notes on the more difficult second part of the film, with follow up recap questions. Also contains stimulus cards to facilitate class discussion.
French Translation Quiz on Famous Brands (full version)
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French Translation Quiz on Famous Brands (full version)

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A quiz worksheet on 25 famous brands with literal French translations. e.g. Paixverte - Greenpeace Features partial logo clues (easy version) or definitions (harder). Suitable for all levels. An end of term activity or a refreshing break from the exam grind. The resource contains 3 versions of the questions, answer sheets, vocabulary follow-up and extension .