‘Phonics’ seems to be one of those buzzwords that is around a lot at the moment and, as we start to prepare for the new GCSE (first teaching September 2024), isn’t going anywhere soon! I have been starting my beginners’ lessons with a focus on phonics for a while now, and am finding it invaluable…Details
On my most recent podcast episode, I talked about designing an MFL curriculum, with a specific focus on KS3. I have presented a webinar and workshop on this topic in recent months and both times used a version of the PowerPoint below. Just click on the photo to download it for free! Hopefully it…Details
I recently did a 10-minute presentation for the ALL Language World conference on using GCSE-style activities at Key Stage 3. For anyone who signed up to the conference and missed my presentation, you can watch it back via a link that you should have been sent (for one month following the conference, I think). I…Details
I just wanted to quickly share 3 zero prep activities I have done in lessons recently that worked well. I can’t take credit for these ideas… I saw them first on social media but I’m really sorry to say I can’t remember/don’t know who shared them first, so I don’t know who to credit! Apologies!…Details
Following on from my presentation in the TM MFL Icons webinar on Saturday (23rd January 2021), I’ve had a look at all of the websites that were recommended for using authentic resources in A Level teaching and collated the best ones here.
When life seems totally overwhelming, I find that if I can just achieve one thing a day, I feel so much calmer and more positive.
Having recently read Kate Jones’ book on Retrieval Practice, I’ve been inspired to make sure I start each of my lessons with a retrieval activity. For the most part, I’ve been creating something based on the previous lesson, such as a little quiz, ‘find someone who…’ or a game such as Connect 4 or Battleships. After…Details
If you’re looking for something to do in the last week of term before Christmas, but are sick of the same old worksheets and you’re not allowed to show films… how about a few Christmas listening activities, courtesy of Kate Languages?!
Inspired by a recent episode of Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s excellent podcast, I’ve created a new worksheet, which I’ve called ‘Breathing Bingo’. The aim is to see how many of these different breathing techniques you can tick off in any given week – you can either go for a line or attempt to get a ‘full…Details
A great ‘ice-breaker’ activity to do in the first lesson with a new group is ‘find someone who…’ as it gets students talking to each other and gives them a focused purpose rather than just doing an open-ended ‘tell us a bit about yourself’ in a room full of people they don’t know very well.…Details