Tuesday, 30 March 2010

MFL Flashmeeting: Let's Meet Again!

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MFL Flashmeeting Tuesday 30 March 8.30-10.30pm GMT

Maximum number of participants - 25 (if this is exceeded please create a waiting list underneath)

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1.Amanda Salt @amandasalt Head of Spanish, Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast
2.Helena Butterfield (@langwitch ) MFL Teacher Ian Ramsey C of E School
3.Lynne Horn, Tobermory High School
4.Valerie McIntyre, @froggyval , Head of MFL , Wells Blue School
5.Clare Seccombe @valleseco Support teacher for PMFL, Sunderland
6.Belinda Flint, Head of Languages and German teacher at Bendigo South East College, Australia @belindaflint
7.Samantha Lunn, Head of MFL, Arnold School, Blackpool @spanishsam
8.Marie-France Perkins, Head of MFL, Oldfield School, Bath @MarieFrance
9.Isabelle Jones, Head of Languages, The Radclyffe School, Oldham, @icpjones
10.Isabelle Le Borgne-Pondaven, Head of MFL, Stanchester Community School, Somerset, @froggy29400
11.Rosemary Hicks @hicksie58 , Head of MFL, Northfield School (MHA) Billingham
12.Saira Ghani @sghani, Head of French, Chiltern Edge School, nr Reading
13.Alex Blagona @blagona , Head of Language College, Northgate High, Ipswich
14.Stuart Gorse @gorsey, French/Spanish teacher, LRGS.
15.Andrew Jeppesen @ajep Japanese Teacher, Knox Grammar, Sydney, Australia
16.Dominic McGladdery @dominic_mcg Teacher of MFL
17.Suzi Bewell @suzibewell MFL teachers, SSAT LP and general good egg
18.Simon Howells Languages Teacher Cheadle Hulme
19.Chris Fuller, @chrisfullerisms hoping to be a Leader of Learning by Tuesday, North Devon
20.Fiona Rose @ykombi French Teacher at Wenona, Sydney Australia


1.Ideas to help with the last few lessons before pupils go on study leave for their exams
2.Ideas to keep Y9 on task after Options have been decided: small projects, resources that could be used etc... (World Cup project?)
3.Reflections on MYLO ambassadors meeting and subsequent blog posts
4.What were your highlights of Language World 2010? Were you there or did you follow virtually?
5.Thoughts about the José Picardo's eBook A Practitioners' Perspective - Should we make an audiobook version?
6.So who's coming to MFL Show and Tell 2010 at Nottingham High School?

Click on the Flashmeeting link http://flashmeeting.e2bn.net/fm/6936ae-9363 and Go to the meeting . You will then be asked to give permission for your microphone or webcam to be used. Click Allow and then select Sign in as Guest. Click Enter** .
See you there!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Social Media And Creativity In The Language Classroom

This was the training session I delivered today at Language World 2010, York University. The session has also been fully recorded and audio will be shared once it has been edited.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Join Us at The Language World Conference 26-27 March, York University

The Association for Language Learning (ALL), based at the University of Leicester, is celebrating its 20th birthday in March 2010. For non-UK readers, ALL is the UK-wide subject association for language teachers. It is run by teachers for teachers and other professionals involved in language learning and teaching.

For the past twenty years ALL has represented and supported teachers of languages by helping them to stay up to date on policy and methodology and motivated by encouraging local and national networking.

This year, Language World, All’s yearly national conference, will take place on 26-27 March at York University with the theme of “Building on Firm Foundations – Steps to Success”. It includes leading language educational thinkers speaking on their areas of expertise, leading practitioners sharing their latest resources and ideas, policy makers and passionate teachers ready to share ideas and exchange views.

Language World is the event that helps me to remember that we are an important part of the curriculum. It provides an amazing morale boost at a time when language teachers do not necessarily feel as valued as they should be. I am really looking forward to it as this year, I will also be presenting on the Saturday afternoon about “Social Media and Creativity in the Language Classroom”

So come and join us…

To find out more, visit ALL’s website: www.all-languages.org.uk or find ALL on Facebook.


For more information about Language World 2010, and to book a place, go to


Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Embedding Thinking Skills in Your MFL Lessons

This is the presentation I delivered at Bolton School (8th March) and for Links into Languages (9th March). I have also recorded the session for Links into Languages and will be producing a slidecast shortly.