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S.Barfoot

Highly experienced language teacher. AST, SLE, Lead Practitioner and Trust Director. All resources tried and tested and hopefully easily adaptable to your own classes.

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Highly experienced language teacher. AST, SLE, Lead Practitioner and Trust Director. All resources tried and tested and hopefully easily adaptable to your own classes.
Malala - Student Voice assembly
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Malala - Student Voice assembly

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An assembly about the power of voicing your opinions based on Malala Yousafzai - pupils identify people known for having stood up for their beliefs and then look in more depth at the story of Malala and the sacrifices she has made in order to continue to champion the cause of education for everyone. I have also included a couple of slides to address the way students use their voices currently and in particular on social media, hopefully making them think about using it in a positive way to support rather than criticise or attack. This presentation was used to launch school council elections and therefore contains information towards the end about our election process. This could be removed or altered depending on your needs.
A level study skills presentation
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A level study skills presentation

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Presentation about study skills and how to organise your time in 6th form. Could easily be used for GCSE too. Presentation can be delivered over an hour with mini tasks for the students and plenty of discussion time to explore the value of good time management and organisation skills as well as giving the students time to discuss why they are doing A levels and what their motivates them.
GCSE German Role Play Revision
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GCSE German Role Play Revision

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A booklet to help students practise the skills necessary for conducting the role play part of the speaking exam. The booklet addresses the themes in the Identity and Culture unit of work. Students are encouraged to learn key generic vocabulary and phrases, ask questions in the familiar and polite forms and translate questions and answers on the theme of Identity and Culture.
German Grammar - Present Tense Verbs
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German Grammar - Present Tense Verbs

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First in a series of resources to help students of German master the grammar of the language. This set deals with regular, irregular, strong, reflexive, modal and separable verbs. Ideal for high ability GCSE and first year A-level students. The initial information sheet is accompanied by a practice sheet and test sheet making them ideal for homework and independent work as well as use in class. Tried and tested - the students have found them very user friendly. Further resources will be published on TES which cover all the grammar aspects of A-level. The overview grammar sheet attached shows which aspects are covered by the resources in the series.
Past and present tense worksheets
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Past and present tense worksheets

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A selection of worksheets and information sheets aimed at second or third year of learning German. Can be used to introduce and / or practise the past and present tenses (past perfect with haben and sein). Uses a small selection of verbs to build confidence with grammatical structure before exploring more vocabulary and a bigger range of verbs.
Writing for the new GCSE in MFL
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Writing for the new GCSE in MFL

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Ideas and resources to help teachers tackle the new MFL GCSE. This could be used individually or as a departmental resource to inspire staff to think about the challenges of the new GCSE; increasing spontaneity, grammatical accuracy and creativity. Some of the resources are attached and these are easily adapted to suit your own SOWs and languages including the translation maze, mood and thought board and an example of use of poetry.
Past and Present Translation Maze
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Past and Present Translation Maze

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Another translation maze this time focussing in on the past and present tenses. Instructions are on the PPT. All you need is a photocopy of the blank maze and you have a whole lesson's worth of material. My students absolutely love this - it is so simple to use and the discussion that comes out of the translation tasks is so useful for building confidence and awareness of tenses and sentence structure.
Remedy Cards - great effective marking strategy
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Remedy Cards - great effective marking strategy

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If your pupils are making the same literacy errors over and over again try giving them one of these A5 cards to help them understand the remedy. There is one for spelling, one for capitalisation, one for tenses, one for word order, one for adjective agreement and cases. Pupils use the card as a reading ruler with the next few pieces of work - checking each line of their work against the rules set out on the card. Over a short time it should help raise awareness of key errors and encourage students to check their work in a more productive fashion. When used consistently the cards help eliminate mistakes and increase independent checking of work. When students feel they have achieved their target to improve they stick the card in their book with a pupil comment about the impact it has had. These have proved so effective with my students they voted them the single most effective piece of support they were given all year last year.
Conditional Tense in German (context of ideal partner)
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Conditional Tense in German (context of ideal partner)

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Formulation and use of conditional verb forms. Authentic text about ideal partner (written by our assistant teacher from Cologne). Emphasises use of connectives to build complex sentences. Can be used in a simple way for foundation pupils concentrating on simple sentences with a range of adjectives to describe people or in a more challenging way for more able students. Lots of opportunity for reading, writing and speaking.
Memorisation techniques for CA
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Memorisation techniques for CA

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This rigorous PPT takes students through a range of techniques they could employ to help them remember their speaking and writing assessments for GCSE. They should be encouraged to try each method out with a few lines of their own texts to experiment and find which method (or combination of methods) works best for them. The PPT also prompts them to think about when and where they are going to learn their work. It is a thorough and self-explanatory presentation which takes about 1 hour to deliver fully.
Creative Writing Ideas for MFL
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Creative Writing Ideas for MFL

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In supporting our students with the new GCSE we need to get them writing spontaneously and freely. Here is a small collection of ideas to encourage students to write creatively at KS3 creating good habits in preparation for their GCSE written work. This could be used as prompt for departmental discussion or a stimulus for work on writing skills. Some of the ideas can be lifted directly from the information here but most will need to be developed to suit individual schools / departments.
Translation Maze
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Translation Maze

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Easily adaptable for your own purposes. Using this pro-forma pupils translate sentences (this version involves the use of differing tenses) to create a path through a maze of their own creating. My pupils love this activity and get increasingly excited when the numbers are revealed and they get closer to creating a path. Great activity for focussing on grammatical accuracy and gives rise to productive discussion in class about points of grammar, sentence structure and spelling.
Muttertag - Mother's Day poem
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Muttertag - Mother's Day poem

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A German poem used for comprehension and reading aloud, sound spelling practice and ultimately for work on present tense endings and sentence building with 'wenn'. Can be used with beginners or intermediate learners depending on how thorough you go with the grammar and vocab. My students went on to write their own simple Mother's Day poems using the patterns on the PPT.
Mood + thought board - speaking for new GCSE
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Mood + thought board - speaking for new GCSE

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Ideal resource for current Year 9 preparing them for the new GCSE speaking exam and talking spontaneously about picture stimuli. Students think about the type of language they need to state facts, add their opinions, hypothesise (simply) and describe pictures. They use the English version as a prompt for the type of language they will add to their TL version below, add language (supported by teacher) then fold in half and use the board they have created to talk about any picture stimuli they use in the coming weeks to help them build confidence. As the progress and use more and more phrases spontaneously I issue them with a new card (different colour) and we add more advanced or different phrases to extend their knowledge of generic phrases.
10 seconds to name - game
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10 seconds to name - game

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A simple PPT game based on an idea shared years ago at a training session. Bring a pupil to the front and they have 10 or 20 seconds to name whatever comes up on the board. There is an inbuilt timer and sound effect. A great warm up activity or plenary. You can change the items they have to name according to what you have been teaching them. This one is based on health and subordinating conjunctions. My students love to do this in teams and take it in turns to take the 'hotseat'. But sometimes we play it as a 'beat the teacher' or 'beat the FLA' game. Great to get discussion going after each slide too - students love to make suggestions about what their peers could have said in response.