Monday, 3 November 2014

MFL INSET at The Rastrick School, Monday 3rd November

I had a very reflective day discussing best MFL practice at The Rastrick School today. It certainly reminded me of "things I used to do and I have not done recently" and I hope this was beneficial to the rest of the group too.

As promised please find below materials on:
-developing pupils' independence in MFL
-Strategies to develop the use of target language and a wider range of speaking activities

Sunday, 5 October 2014

MFL Show and Tell at Marple Hall School: Prepare your Learners to be 21st Century Language Learners

Please save the  date for this great event in the North West!
A few words from Ana Castillo, event organiser.
«We warmly welcome your attendance and input at our Show and Tell. Our hope is that a broad range of language ideas are discussed and shared with some focus given to the challenges we face with the imminent curriculum changes. More so than at any time before we are tasked with inspiring our students to embrace language and culture and to immerse themselves in order to gain life-long skills. As teachers and lovers of language we understand this but how we get our students to, is our biggest challenge.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a Show and Tell is, it is an informal meeting for teachers, both primary and secondary, to share best practice, new ideas and personal experiences of teaching. Participants volunteer to discuss a strategy they have implemented in their classroom which they think others can use within their practice. This is a perfect opportunity to share, network and learn with your peers in an informal setting. It really is the best CPD there is!
Marple Hall School and Alderley Edge School for Girls are committed to sharing excellent practice and encouraging collaboration across phases and sectors and as such is extremely proud and excited to be hosting this event. We hope that it will provide teachers with a genuine and empowering experience.

When and where?
Saturday 14th March 2015, 11-1pm

Marple Hall School
Hill Top Drive

Contact Ana Castillo   Email:
Twitter: @anacastillo333
  • A computer (with internet access), projector and audio equipment will be available. Please let us know if you have any specific requests.
  • Refreshments and drinks
  • Car park
NB: Wifi may not be available at this event so should you require internet access on your own devices please ensure you have sufficient data/tethering capability.

The event is entirely free of charge and we are grateful to a number of sponsors who are making it all possible. We will on the day be having a retiring collection (bucket on the door) with all contributions however small going towards Cancer Research.
What can you do?

We want you to talk! Of course you can attend and simply watch the presentations but for the event to be a success and for everybody to get the most out of it, your input is invaluable.  Please start the ball rolling by spreading the word about this exciting event. Get involved on twitter using the #MHSSAT15. At Show and Tells, the networking opportunities are usually invaluable and help forge strong links between teachers, departments and schools.

Sign up!

If you would like to come along as a speaker or attendee, please sign up by clicking here to add your name to the wiki and add your details to the page. Don’t worry if you haven’t yet decided exactly what topic you will be discussing as this can always be added at a later stage. »

How to edit this page:
  1. Click the EDIT tab at the top of this page - you'll be prompted to login.
  2. Note that the PBwiki system has changed, so either:
    1. create a PBwiki account, which is quick and simple, and login; or
    2. alternatively you can login using the limited guest account - username guest password teemhcaet
  3. Return to this page and click the EDIT tab
  4. Add your name to the bottom of the appropriate list 
  5. Click the Save button at the foot of the page...
  6. That's it!

See you there!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Considering Starting Teaching Spanish? Do Not Fear-Help is at Hand…

Spanish has steadily  been growing in popularity in the secondary MFL classroom over the past ten year. It is now considered as an attractive alternative to other European languages such as French and German.
A few years back, French and German seemed to be the perfect combination to find a job as a languages teacher in England. Spanish was growing but despite the appeal of Spanish holidays and the credibility of a language spoken all around the world, many schools were still hesitating to add Spanish to their language curriculum.
Although there are now many native speakers of Spanish teaching in England, a lot of colleagues who were originally trained to teach French and German, are being asked to add Spanish to their foreign language repertoire. Depending on their starting points, this can be seen as a daunting task…
I was delighted to be approached by Osiris to enable me to share my experiences as a non-native Spanish teacher in England as I have had extensive experience over the past twenty years to set up Spanish in a number of schools and support colleagues in developing their own language skills in Spanish.
I know that many MFL teachers are currently developing their language skills in Spanish in order to meet increasing demand in schools and colleges and I am aiming to provide a complete guide to setting up and enhancing Spanish teaching.
OK, the course is called “Perfect Spanish Teaching”, but I will aim to remain realistic. The idea is for the course to start a quest for constant development and improvement-one I am still on, for that matter-rather than provide a magic wand to make us all perfect by the end of the day. If only…
I will focus on:
Assessment, feedback and progress planning
Grammar teaching
Use of authentic resources
Independent learning (for pupils and teachers!)
Looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham on 21st November or in London on 1st December.
Click here for more details

Saturday, 17 May 2014

ALL Session at Woodbridge School, Saturday 17th May 2014

I had a great day with fellow language teachers and ALL members from East Anglia and Essex today.
Many thanks for your warm welcome to this lovely part of the country...
As promised here is a copy of the slides I used at the conference as well as an electronic copy of the handout. I also include here a link to Kathy Wicksteed's fantastic FLAME presentation. This is particularly relevant for KS2 teachers but many of the cross-curricular ideas and CLIL resources could be used at KS3 too or as a part of a transition module.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Join ALL project to discover ways to integrate Literature in the New Curriculum for French

What is literature? What do language teachers do with it?

ALL is this year undertaking a project, launched at Language World, to support language teachers with integrating literature into their schemes of work in national curriculum key stage 2 and 3 (for 7-14 year-olds) as required by the latest version of the national curriculum. The project's work has two parts - one is funded by FIPF (the international French teachers federation) and will focus on written text in French; this will be made available through the FIPF international platform online (with a link from the ALL website) - the other relates to literature and other sorts of interesting texts, in any language and will be made available by ALL.

You will read more on the project as it develops but, rest assured, the Project Team needs your help! We will, before long but not now, be asking teachers to contribute their suggestions:
  • What pieces of literature / text do you use with your classes? Which classes?
  • What do you do with the texts? What does the class learn? 
We are planning some sessions at events to explore this theme, but, if you do not currently include anything you would call literature in your schemes of work, maybe our project will give you the impetus to locate something and try it out this term?

More soon about the ALL Team and the project and how you can get involved.

In the meantime you can register interest with Steven Fawkes. Happy reading!
Steven Fawkes, ALL Membership Officer and Fellow