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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.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
Speaking Test - Revision Wheel - Identity and Culture
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Speaking Test - Revision Wheel - Identity and Culture

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An adaptable resource to enable students to prepare for the question and answer element of the speaking test. Students prepare answers on the wheel. There is a sheet of vocabulary and phrases to help them. The wheel is best printed out on A3 paper to give students ample space to write their responses. It also works best if the students colour-code their responses to match the colour of the question. Teachers can change the questions easily electronically if they prefer to use different questions. At the end of the Technology document there is a photograph example of a completed wheel to share with students by means of an explanation. Important - the final step is to print off a blank pro forma. Students cut it the circle in the middle so they can see the questions and cut it the ‘triangles’ which cover their answers. They can then reveal questions one by one whilst learning, bit by bit for testing or get partners to test chosen segments. More themes to follow.
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.
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.
Mock Listening + Reading Question Level Analysis
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Mock Listening + Reading Question Level Analysis

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Get students to better understand where they could improve in their listening and reading exams. For each question the students work out where they lost marks so that the teacher and student can work together to improve performance. Identifying the type of question students struggle with can inform future whole class teaching. Identifying patterns can help individual students recognise what their personal targets for future learning might be. If students use this form when attempting past papers for independent revision it can help them revise more effectively.
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.
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.
Adjective agreements in French
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Adjective agreements in French

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A lesson presentation and smartboard activities which explain the agreements and positioning of adjectives in French. I have included the lesson plan as this was produced for an Ofsted inspection (judged outstanding). The tasks are simple and intuitive and this is a tried and trusted lesson that has worked consistently well over the years. It carries on well from my Mr Men lesson also here on TES which introduces colours and extended reading.
Translation Maze
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Translation Maze

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Easily adaptable for your own purposes. In this pro-forma pupils translate sentences in 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.
Memory and Recall tasks for GCSE German
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Memory and Recall tasks for GCSE German

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A booklet of (homework?) tasks which students can use once the unit of work is complete to help them revisit vocabulary and phrases to help keep them fresh. The tasks could be given straight after completion of a unit of work or for example at the start of Year 11 to review work covered in Year 10. This unit is based on the me, my friends and family unit of work which my students study in Year 10. I will give these tasks to them over the next 6 weeks as revision home works and then reissue the booklet in Year 11 for further revision. The tasks are best printed out as an A5 stapled booklet.
Numbers 1-100 game
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Numbers 1-100 game

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Pupils play in teams and click on a square which reveals a number between 1 - 100. They must say the number correctly and spell it on the board for extra points for their team. Simples.
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.
random number selector
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random number selector

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Press the 's' button on the keyboard and the selector will stop - pupils have to write or say the number in German / French / Spanish. Simple. You can use the pro-forma for names, text......anything you want. Kids LOVE being chosen to press the button!
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.
Whizzy loop
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Whizzy loop

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Use this whizzy loop by pressing the 's' key on your keyboard to start and stop it spinning super fast. You can change the text on the slides quite easily to suit your purposes - there is one here with numbers, one with dates and one with sentences on and several other ideas - at its simplest you can just ask pupils to translate the slide it stops on but you can use it in many, many different ways - put pupil names on it as a name selector, or sentences starters and a connective to build sentences - you choose. I have put several examples on here to help with ideas, but the concept of randomising things is the same throughout. Enjoy! The pupils LOVE coming to press the 's' key.....the simplest of things seem to please them.