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I am currently a Head of Modern Languages in a large secondary school in the North East Of England. I also work with the local University with PGCE MFL students, an area of my work I thoroughly enjoy. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and have a particular interest in the teaching of grammar and of literary texts to develop reading, writing and listening skills. I am currently working on developing a range of resources to support the study of Le Petit Nicolas and the series of books.

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I am currently a Head of Modern Languages in a large secondary school in the North East Of England. I also work with the local University with PGCE MFL students, an area of my work I thoroughly enjoy. I am passionate about teaching and learning, and have a particular interest in the teaching of grammar and of literary texts to develop reading, writing and listening skills. I am currently working on developing a range of resources to support the study of Le Petit Nicolas and the series of books.
Planet Facebook Reading and Grammar comprehension
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Planet Facebook Reading and Grammar comprehension

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Based on the module Planet Facebook in Studio 3. I have created a slightly longer text on use of social networking sites. This helps learning and understanding of regular verbs and gives opportunities to learn and identify structures for use of own vocabulary when writing and speaking about this topic.
Cendrillon- Imparfait avec un conte de fées-
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Cendrillon- Imparfait avec un conte de fées-

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Hopefully this will help in motivating students who can find it hard to understand the concept of story teeling/ naarative, it did help my y9. I used the card sorts to support ( the sngle words being the starter then used the phrases for sequencing to see if they could reconstruct the story. Could also read and ask students to show you the correct phrase .
Year 6 MFL Induction
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Year 6 MFL Induction

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I created this Power Point for an hour with the year 6 Primary pupils coming for their induction day. My aim was to work on skills and the resource was shared with all staff involved in MFL. The feedback given by staff and pupils was positive so I am hoping it will help others now.
My plans for the future - French GCSE
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My plans for the future - French GCSE

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This resource fits in any module, covering the topic of jobs and plans for the future for KS4 French, but could also be used for students in higher ability groups in Year 9. It contains a Power point and a full lesson plan, as well as resources for differentiation which can be tweaked and amended as necessary. The lesson was observed and judged ' outstanding' so I hope it is useful to colleagues.
Assessment, marking and feedback for PGCE students and NEW teachers
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Assessment, marking and feedback for PGCE students and NEW teachers

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I presented this to a PGCE MFL cohort and have used this over the past two academic years. Evaluations form students have come out very positive ( backed up with real life examples of marking and back up by practice marking activities and debates ) so thought I'd share for those delivering similar sessions or INSETS. Take a look and adapt to your own audience.
Use of DOP and pronouns in French. using ' dodgy English'
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Use of DOP and pronouns in French. using ' dodgy English'

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This is a resource that I created to support my year 10 through the use of DOP. They are used to ' dodgy English' and I am sharing this as they enjoyed the activities and gave me good feedback ( it has helped them massively and they are now confident with those ), especially the translation which they used a learning and consolidating activity. I have in my free resources a Power Point you can also access to teach the initial stages and the words for the needed DOPS for these activities.
Un groupe de musiciens. Year 7. Developing reading and translation skills.
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Un groupe de musiciens. Year 7. Developing reading and translation skills.

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I have designed this to support my year 7 in developing reading/ writing / translating skills. I started with the text ( pair work competition : each pupil has a different colour pen, the first to circle the translation in French in the text wins the point and it is quite visual at the end who is fastest . Great fro competition The other activities involve finding translations, matching up for lower ability and extending sentences from the given text. The last slide on the Power Point contains a writing list of bullet points ( goes with Studio 1 ’ il est hypercool’ but can be adapted for other courses. I owe Rachel Hawkes a big thank you for inspiring the Power Point slides offering differentiation when sentence building on mini whiteboards. I hope it is useful.
Running translation and translation : au festival de Glastonbury
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Running translation and translation : au festival de Glastonbury

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This text is used as support for a running translation. The text can be studied in details either before or after the running translation. Sheet 2 has a series of sentences from the text. They are meant to be cut out and laminated and given to students who work in groups ( 4 works well ). They find the sentence, must bring it to the teacher, with all spellings and grammar correct. Any errors, the slip gets returned for students to think again, if correct, the students receive the next slip etc.. The first team to have translated the full set wins. Extension : ask students to extend on the phrases they translated. Good for spellings, grammar and memory
The present tense in French and the use of ILS and ELLES forms with regular and irregular verbs
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The present tense in French and the use of ILS and ELLES forms with regular and irregular verbs

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This will be the first part of the lessons on the endings for the present form for regular and irregular verbs in French. This contains a power point to be used as a guide and lesson plan, a starter sheet : students can use it and fill it in either looking at the clues at the back or they may choose to ignore the clues. There are opportunities for assessment highlighted on the power point, using mini whiteboards and I have also highlighted opportunities for questioning on some slides. The text the students will use to re write using the they form is from a textbook ( Studio ) so I have not used it but it can be created. The attached text called mes copains will support students for a class reading activities and there are two grids on the power point to help questioning. I have now updated this mini pack by adding the full lesson plan with differentiation highlighted on it if you wanted to use it or integrate in your own SOLS.
Y7German Beginners. Using basic verbs talking about self asking questions
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Y7German Beginners. Using basic verbs talking about self asking questions

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Can be used to develop confidence in reading and writing extended passages but can be used to support speaking , especially asking questions using the 'du' subject with 'st' ending. I normally aim at having all students to have memorised the main basic questions in German using correct pronunciation and verb endings very early on and this presentation has worked really well so far with my German beginners (Y7 ).
GCSE and HAP activities on a disastrous day at school
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GCSE and HAP activities on a disastrous day at school

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This will be suitable for High ability students at KS3 and KS4 to develop higher level complex structures, reading skills, speaking skills and memory. This suits the topic of school and education and I have attached a list of suggested activities, all of them I have used myself and have led to some rather creative writing and spoken passages from my year 10.
The golden list for A*
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The golden list for A*

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designed to support KS4 students, can be used as a checklist to check work is up to standards and target grades. I have used it as a learning homework too.
The negative form in French with ideas for consolidation activities
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The negative form in French with ideas for consolidation activities

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The ideas for consolidation are on the very last slide. They contain tips on activities I have tried with all ages and ranges of abilities and some have a competitive elements. The first slides explain the pitfalls of the word order and try to pre-empt errors such as word order, questions that should not be asked and issues of little words that often get forgotten about as students become concerned with handling more complex language.