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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.
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.
French Film Titles Quiz - Guess the English film title.
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French Film Titles Quiz - Guess the English film title.

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60 film title questions with an answer sheet. Plus a follow-up vocabulary sheet quiz. Work out the English title from the French film title. A fun end of term activity. Suitable for years 7-11. Vocabulary review provides a good learning objective.
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.
'Une Vie de Chat' - 'A Cat in Paris'  French Film Worksheet
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'Une Vie de Chat' - 'A Cat in Paris' French Film Worksheet

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A 2 side worksheet of questions, mainly in French about the film 'Une Vie de Chat'. The questions are divided into 4 sections, covering the whole of the 60 minute film. Answers are provided. This beautifully drawn animation is suitable for learners who have been studying French for a year or two. Warning: The film is aimed at children but it does refer to a little girl who has been traumatised by the death of her father. Sensitivity is required. As ever, make sure you know your pupils. Pupils could do follow-up work after each section, based on the new vocabulary covered, perhaps making up a word quiz or an online game. Extension: Write 10 sentences using the target words. An UFTEL resource (Using Film to Explore Language). Part of a series of my French film activity worksheets and booklets.
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.
Call My Bluff English Quiz
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Call My Bluff English Quiz

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An English 'call my bluff' quiz. 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 7-16 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. French 'False Friends' Quiz is also available.
'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 '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.
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.
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.
Media Studies A-Level Theory Booklet Year 1
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Media Studies A-Level Theory Booklet Year 1

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A 12 page revision booklet containing a summary of key media theories for Year 1 of A-Level study. The booklet is packed with informative panels with space alongside for the student's own examples and annotations. The booklet is a comprehensive summary of basic media theories. The last two pages contain more advanced concepts showing how media relates to socio-political theory such as Hegemony, Gramsci and the Frankfurt School. These provide a bridge into Year 2 of the A-Level Media course.
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
'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
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.
'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.
'Call My Bluff' French Words Quiz A
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'Call My Bluff' French Words Quiz A

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A French 'call my bluff' style quiz on general French words. 25 questions: 5 easy, 5 medium, 5 hard and 10 very hard. Good for an end of term activity. Could be done as a form or inter-form competition. Suitable for 12-17 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.This could be done as a recap or reward activity after the going through the Powerpoint quiz and the answers.
Taxi: French Language Activity  Film Booklet
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Taxi: French Language Activity Film Booklet

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A 16-page booklet based around the film ‘Taxi’ (Pirès, 1998). Activities are mainly vocabulary-based and there are some observational quiz sections as well which could be done as a class competition. The activities are graded by ability , and are suitable for a range of pupils from 12 to 16 years old. The resource is particularly aimed at appealing to 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 could help those Year 8/9 doldrums towards the end of the year. The resource consists of: The main pupil booklet (16 pages) A separate answer booklet for teachers and cover teachers Notes at the end, in English, discuss the more political aspects of the film such as attitudes towards the police and Franco-German relations. 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 actually a discrete opportunity to contextualize vocabulary. The booklet is part of a series produced by Jon Meier which will cover: Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis La Maison du Bonheur Micmacs 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 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 .