Category Archives: MFL

La Maravillosa Medicina de Jorge – #WBD2016

My school decided that this year we’d have a Roald Dahl theme for World Book Day on March 3rd. Children came to school dressed as characters from Roald Dahl books – so lots of Oompa Loompas, Matildas, BFGs and Willy Wonkas not to mention a Fantastic Mr Fox appearing around every corner – and lessons […]

Building firm foundations for strong buildings #ALLMFLSW16

On Saturday 27th February, I delivered a workshop at the #ALLMFLSW16 conference in Bristol. I’d been asked by Marie-France Perkins if I could talk about primary languages in the context of the new curriculum which is planned as a continuum from KS2 through KS3 and onto Ks4 and hopefully KS5. I called my session Building […]

Christmas in Mexico

Want to know about Christmas in Mexico? Here are some useful links: Why Christmas? offers a simple description including key events. Read this article to find out about Christmas in Mexico, including the unique Noche de los rabanos in Oaxaca. Find out about Christmas in Mexico here and then ‘turn the page’ to compare it […]

Inspired in IKEA 2.0

I love visits to IKEA as, along with the scented candles and plastic bags, I invariably come away with all sorts of unexpected items. In 2008 I posted Inspired in IKEA and quickly followed it up with Inspired in IKEA part 2. I continued being inspired in on A visit to IKEA in 2010 and with Breakfast from […]

Do you teach Primary Spanish?

An exciting opportunity for anyone whose primary school teaches Spanish. If you’re interested, please respond to Vicky Gough at the address below.  Support for Spanish in your primary school! The British Council has lots of positive experience in delivering language lessons to pupils remotely. We are planning to pilot a programme that would enable schools to […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

UnderstandingModernGov conference – June 16th 2015

A little bit delayed by end of term madness… On June 16th I travelled to London for a day long conference organised by UnderstandingModernGov on the subject of Primary Languages – “Successfully implement the new Primary Modern Foreign Languages curriculum”. It was great to see Janet, Sylvie, Nadine and Julie, and to meet all the delegates […]

TeachMeetWMLanguages #tmwml

On May 6th I made the trip across Birmingham in rush hour traffic to attend TeachMeetWM organised by the irrepressible and absolutely bonkers Simone Haughey at her school Robin Hood Primary. I sadly missed the choir singing and the start of proceedings thanks to a staff meeting and the traffic, but I arrived in the […]

Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching #FLdyslexia – Week 3

I’ve just completed Week 3 of the Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning course. This week focussed on teaching grammar and vocabulary to learners with dyslexia. Some dyslexic learners explained the techniques that did and didn’t work for them and how their learning environment affects their learning, some language teachers explained how they might teach grammar and […]