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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

Planet Facebook Reading and Grammar comprehension

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.
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My plans for the future - French GCSE

My plans for the future - French GCSE

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.
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Year 6 MFL Induction

Year 6 MFL Induction

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.
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The Wheel- Plenary or starter activity for MFL

The Wheel- Plenary or starter activity for MFL

the wheel ! My students love it ! try it to try and see who remembers what, the numbers could be allocated to students who are picked to answer questions about the lesson or could be hiding a question about the lesson. Can be class or peer activity ! Bonne chance
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The present tense in French and the use of ILS and ELLES forms with regular and irregular verbs

The present tense in French and the use of ILS and ELLES forms with regular and irregular verbs

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.
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Mes vacances et ma passion-Les Alpes

Mes vacances et ma passion-Les Alpes

I tried to select a nice topic and theme to teach and revise various skills and grammatical aspects . It links to Expo3 ( la Normandie ) rouge with the discovery of an area but I jaust added more on this so students get to compare areas and see how varied France is. I will add more through a different power point and add worksheets , this is taking ages .... hope it helps. I used the interactive quiz with the gap fill as a little starter and introduction about the Alps before showing the Power Point.
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Use of DOP and pronouns in French. using ' dodgy English'

Use of DOP and pronouns in French. using ' dodgy English'

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.
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Y7German Beginners. Using basic verbs talking about self asking questions

Y7German Beginners. Using basic verbs talking about self asking questions

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 ).
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The golden list for A*

The golden list for A*

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.
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Assessment, marking and feedback for PGCE students and NEW teachers

Assessment, marking and feedback for PGCE students and NEW teachers

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.
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Gap fill and error correcting : verbs in the present and reflexive verbs French grammar practice.

Gap fill and error correcting : verbs in the present and reflexive verbs French grammar practice.

This activity is designed to help students to develop their expertise in using the verbs to have and to be in French with correct forms, and to memorise and practise using correct pronouns for difficult reflexive verbs. the red is to support students to find the errors and the green indicates the subject so students can be encouraged to use these as a clue for both the verb formation and the gap fill for the work on reflexive verbs. There should be a fine balance between challenge and support for all abilities in this activity but feedback and comments are more than welcome.
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The negative form in French with ideas for consolidation activities

The negative form in French with ideas for consolidation activities

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.
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