Students read a text and fill out a grid with details in order to discover the murderer. Aimed at high-ability KS3, may be suitable for low-ability KS4. Designed with aim of consolidating topic of time in French.
A lesson to prepare students for an exam-style speaking assessment on relationships: this tests question comprehension as well as topic vocabulary.
At the end, I ask students to pack up and translate/answer one of the questions each to be allowed to leave the room.
A quiz consisting of 3 rounds (grammar and spelling, odd one out, and identify correct description for the image). Made for KS3, but could be used with lower-ability KS4. Good for revising the technology module, or if students are a little tired!
A starter activity in which students get introduced to some crime vocab by actively guessing it, using their knowledge of English cognates and a few hints. This tends to be quite popular with students.
To develop comprehension and fluency, an overview of fillers and interjections:
match-up of Spanish and English, then a video making fun of celebrities who use a lot of fillers, then a speaking activity in which students are required to use as many fillers as possible.
A sample A2 essay anwering the question: ¿Qué aspecto o aspectos de la película Volver te parecen más interesantes?
The close reading exercises that follow focus on paragraph structure, and lead to an independent writing task in which students take a stab at writing a clear, structured paragraph of their own.
A series of listening comprehension exercises to accompany the song ‘Johnny’ by Vaya Con Dios (easily found on YouTube). The activities include: gapfill, vocabulary, verb tenses, connectives and time frames, translation.
Would suit mid-to-high ability Yr 13 students.
A medley of activities to accompany the ballad ¿Qué será? by the Puerto Rican musician José Feliciano.
Aim: to consolidate the simple future tense, both regular and irregular.
Can be comleted independently, in pairs/small groups, or as a class.
Can also be used with A-Level groups to revise the simple future tense and to discuss the problem of people migrating away from small towns and villages to cities.
English Language A-Level lesson (AQA) to introduce students to the terminology of: embodied knowledge, schematic knowledge, co-text. Offers regular opportunities for pupils to write on the board collectively to contribute and to reflect on what they've learnt.
A comprehension worksheet to go with a video (link in the document) featuring an Argentinian news clip on drones.
Can be used for Scientific Progress module or for Crime module, since it discusses the uses of drones by the police.
A fun activity to consolidate vocabulary of places in town. Students cut out words and stick them onto the right picture, then draw a map of Seville based on the resulting text. This can take the better part of a lesson.
NB: For the sake of simplicity, I have taken liberties with geographical positioning - it is not all true to life...
A two-slide presentation including a translation exercise (ideal as a starter) and Devil's Advocate, a speaking activity in which students are given statements to defend or argue against.
This mostly deals with the earlier parts of the Crime and Punishment unit: basic crime vocab and reasons for criminal behaviour.
An extended activity that could take up to a whole lesson, depending on the students' level of French. Designed to reinforce the Daily Routine topic in a slightly more entertaining way.
Students read the text and fill in the gaps using words from a list. They then complete two more activities: answering reading comprehension questions in English, and doing a multiple-choice exercise in French.
NB: The two files are an EASY and a CHALLENGING version of the same thing; see what suits your class best.
A good challenge for KS3. May be suitable for lower-achievement KS4.
I follow this up by making them pick a cartoon/book character and write about his or her day in a creative way.