Category Archives: active learning

#pracped15 – impressions and sketchnotes

I had the joy and pleasure of going to France last week for the Practical Pedagogies conference at International School of Toulouse. It’s not every day you get to go on a course that involves a ‘plane journey, and I was wondering about the wisdom of my exploits as I sprinted from one side of Brussels […]

Señor Brócoli

I love visiting IKEA and wondering around the children’s department as my attention is invariably grabbed by something I think I can use. It’s not often that a  specific lesson is ‘born’ as I browse, however. Meet Señor Brócoli. Our eyes met and I was inspired! I saw his pockets and thought of using him like a food triangle , […]

Jugando en español – #DevonMFL

Last night was #DevonMFL Teachmeet. Despite being given warning, life took over and my contribution didn’t arrive in time for the night. However, rather than waste it, I decided to share it here! So, here is my hastily – but not hastily enough – prepared short presentation on using games to learn Spanish in and […]

Let out for good behaviour – #ILILC3

My second presentation at ILILC3 was called Let out for good behaviour. The blurb said Let out for good behaviour? refers to leaving the classroom being (often) seen as a treat. There are many ways to ‘break free’ of the walls of your classroom, both physical and virtual, and this session will involve both. Participation is […]

MFL Murder mystery in the Midlands!

I’ve just received an email about an exciting new venture from Lingua@Hillcrest.  Based at Hillcrest School and Sixth Form centre in Birmingham, Lingua@Hillcrest is already known for its virtual visits to France, Spain and Germany including passport control, currency exchange, shopping and refreshment experience as well as language games. Now they are offering … Murder […]

La oruga hambrienta in TK Maxx ;o)

Lisibo’s been shopping again.  This time, though, it’s not IKEA that has inspired her but TK Maxx that has come up trumps. In the sale (!) I found this Very Hungry Caterpillar felt set. Ideal for – telling the story to the class getting pupils to follow the story actively by adding / moving/ substituting […]

AQA – Creative and motivational language learning in the primary classroom. Part 2

On Tuesday I was in sunny (yes, it was sunny!) Manchester, delivering my AQA course. Apart from the problems with the internet, I believe a good day was had by all – lunch was once more a highlight! Rather than repeat all the links, can I refer you to my last post where you will […]

Games and activities for Primary Foreign languages.

Via my Google Reader, I was led to the following book published on Scribd. Over 300 pages of games and activities for use in the PLL classroom.  What’s more, there are all mapped to the KS2 Framework objectives and helpfully split into sections for specific vocabulary areas, counting, literacy and language learning.  Plus there are […]

Inspiring Creative Teaching in the MFL classroom.

Today I was part of an ICT and Creativity in MFL day run by Links into Languages West Midlands at Aston University. Below is my presentation about free tools that can be used to enhance language teaching and learning. Inspiring creative teaching View more presentations from Lisa Stevens.

Inspiration for Motivation – Top Tips for PLL

Here is the Slidecast of my second presentation from Brighton. Apologies for the audio cutting out before the end – no idea what happened there!  Perhaps the iRiver overheated! Apologies to @wizenedcrone for forgetting her real name – it’s Fiona Joyce!!! And the German site I mentioned was called GenkiGerman. Top tips for the Primary […]