Category Archives: online

#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 […]

BBC Primary ‘goodies’

I’m making a list of useful links that parents might use with their children to practice and reinforce their Spanish, and was struck by how many ‘goodies’ there are provided by the BBC. So I thought I’d share! NB I’ve focussed on Spanish but they all come in a variety of languages – see individual sections) 1. […]

Communication4all

My FB wall reminded me this morning (edit – was yesterday now!) to wish Happy birthday to Bev Evans and I sighed. She passed away a few weeks ago so it’s another sad day for her family and friends. Her husband Paul tweeted @bevevans22 birthday girl tomorrow, why not celebrate and plan a lesson using […]

Light Bulb Languages

Just in case anyone has missed the news… MFL Sunderland is no more, but like a phoenix from the ashes arises… LIGHT BULB LANGUAGES! Below are the details – well worth noting, bookmarking and etching on your brain as if you don’t already use it, one day you will. Thank you to Clare for her […]

LinguaMedia app – updated

Linguamedia is an app that allows you to watch foreign TV stations online. Originally launched earlier this year with French channels,  Linguascope announced today that their Linguamedia app has been updated so you can now watch German, Spanish, Italian and English channels as well as French ones. They’ve also improved video playback, and updated it […]

Passeport pour la Francophonie – Education Scotland

I was really interested to read the following press release this week  – Education Scotland publishes new online resource for modern languages called ‘Passeport pour la Francophonie’ at the Scottish Learning Festival on 19 September 2012. Passeport pour la Francophonie will support primary teachers to provide stimulating and exciting learning experiences at second level, developing skills for reading, writing, […]

Los oficios – Jobs activities

I had a bit of time today as my youngest was ill so decided to make some simple resources to go with my previous post about Nubeluz and their song Quiero ser… I used Tools for educators, a great online worksheet/puzzle/resource maker about which I have previously written. So, here you have – vocabulary sheet […]

Tools for educators – Board game maker

Whilst reviewing resources on The TES resources website, I came across some that referenced Tools for Educators – Board Game maker  so I thought I’d investigate. As is often the case, this site is not a language specific but it allows you to input your own language elements.   Whilst reviewing resources onThe TES resources website, I came […]

Storyplace – Spanish stories online

Just rediscovered a lovely website for stories in Spanish. La Biblioteca Infantil and La Biblioteca Pre-Escolar are great for native speakers and young learners alike with stories on a variety of themes complete with accompanying activities. For example, La Pelota Dorada in La Biblioteca Infantil is a story based on a fairytale (won’t give away […]

Birmingham Primary Languages website

Today a new part of the Birmingham Grid for Learning (BGfL) website was launched. After a long wait, the Birmingham Primary Language (BPL) website was unveiled. Offering sections of guidance, useful weblinks, documentation and training opportunities for coordinators and class teachers as well as a growing bank of downloadable resources including sound files, there’s plenty […]