Category Archives: crosscurricular

Teaching Modern Languages through Art – CPD opportunity

A brilliant opportunity has come to my attention via the LiPS group on Facebook. If you’re interested in art and/or languages and you live in or near Coventry, or can get there on 28th September by 4pm, I’d say register. And as the blurb says, it’s not just for language teachers – it;’s for any […]

German books from my holidays

I’ve just come back from a lovely holiday in Bayern during which I tried hard to use my German – with some success including a heated discussion with a woman in Königssee about passports and plenty of food discussions. As usual I found myself drawn to bookshops (and dirndls but I resisted those!) and made […]

Así eran los romanos (Sabelotodo)

The other book I purchased at Foyles belongs to the series Sabelotodo which translates as Knowitall or Smartypants. I was torn between two books, this one and one about dinosaurs. In the end I chose this one as the other book I bought was about dinosaurs. You can see a couple of images from the dinosaur one […]

Non-fiction to engage reluctant learners.

Continuing my posts on non-fiction texts, here are some suggestions of texts that you might use to engage those hard to please learners who need something a bit different to capture their attention. Firstly, some DK Readers that I bought a long while ago on Amazon. They come in several levels as you can see below, ranging from […]

Non-fiction books – Science

Following on from my post on Arts themed non-fiction books, here are some books I have collected that have a scientific theme. 1001 bichitos para buscar con pegatinas I bought this book in Barcelona last year for our Y1s who study mini beasts. I bought it not as a sticker book – imagine one book of […]

‘Curiosidades del Cuerpo Humano’ y ‘Insólitos Animales’

Continuing on my posts about books I bought in Bilbao, we come to a couple of non-fiction texts that I bought at the Día del Libro market.  I was drawn to them as they are colourful, very visual and were also very reasonably priced at €5 (always a consideration when I’m buying several!) Non-fiction texts are less […]

Rompecabezas y naipes.

On my trips to Spain I’m always in search of a bargain! I’ve recently not had much luck finding ‘Poundland’ type shops, nor the equivalent of a Swiss brocki but this time I came across a 1 euro shop down one of the Siete Calles in Bilbao. Disappointingly there were no books, and unfortunately I […]

¿Qué hora es? Paper plate clocks

Teaching the time is a trying task in any language; I’ve been comparing notes with my Y3 colleagues who have been battling through the time with their classes in Maths lessons as I’ve been working on it with Y5 in Spanish. And back in the day when I taught KS3 and 4 it was also […]

Talleres de español – Lisibo Talks 1

Lisibo will be very busy over the next two weeks with three talks in the space of 8 days. Bit like buses 😉 Following on from Language World and the success of the Show and Tell, Jesús from the Consejería de Educación asked if I could facilitate one at the annual Talleres de Español. Unfortunately […]

#PracPed15 – Using technology to enhance Primary Language Learning

My session at the wonderful Practical Pedagogies conference centred around the use of technology to enhance Primary Language Learning. Key points I made included: technology is not  just for the pupils but also for the teacher; it is just one tool we have to use; it is not always the best tool for the job. I […]