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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.
La France des regions Version 1
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La France des regions Version 1

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Now this was the starting point of a new Scheme of learning introduced for the first term as a transition module. I will add the rest later as the edited version contains listening activities on food and recipes, and more on foods,, with some elements of grammar.
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.
Les repas, using 3 tenses. Studio 2  Module 4
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Les repas, using 3 tenses. Studio 2 Module 4

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This is a lesson based on Studio 2, module 4 chez moi, chez toi, but I added the near future tense in the lesson, as the texts from the Studio dod not allow for this and there was a need to stretch more able. You will need to refer to the texts from Studio 2 to do the translations, but these can be done without looking at the texts if Studio 2 is not used. The sequencing activities was a differentiated activitiy to stretch more able while others needed consolidation with the tenses ( refer to lesson plan )
Grammar starters for French
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Grammar starters for French

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Here you will find examples of some of my favourite starters that I use with all the year groups I teach. Once down loaded, you may just adapt these to your topics. They have proved effective and also once you have the idea and the template, you get minimum preparation for maximised learning and consolidation. Feedback appreciated as always. Thank you
Fou de  musique Studio 3 Rouge
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Fou de musique Studio 3 Rouge

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To consolidate Fou de musique and Fête de la musique from Studio 3. Revision of perfect tense and complex sentences and word order issues in French. Lots of practice on verbs , past tense in particular, practice on complex structures using ' after having + past participles ' and also a strong focus on French word order when talking about types of music, types of concerts etc.. The text can be exploited in may ways, I have written myself, used a class and paired reading, translations etc..
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.
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 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.
Gap fill and error correcting : verbs in the present and reflexive verbs French grammar practice.
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Gap fill and error correcting : verbs in the present and reflexive verbs French grammar practice.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.