Category Archives: primary languages

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 […]

Using technology to enhance and engage – #PLN17 29.06.17

Now that term is at an end I have finally got around to uploading my presentation to Slideshare and writing this post! As I said previously, it was a very successful day and I hoped that what I had planned to share would live up to that which had gone before! There were lots of […]

Reporting back from #PLN17 29.06.17

On Thursday, I had the privilege – and it really was a privilege – of delivering one of the keynotes at the Primary Languages Network conference in Lymm. It was a day jam packed with ideas and demonstrated the power and value of a community of teachers and learners, bouncing ideas of each other and […]

¡Mi familia es de otro mundo!

A couple of years ago I was asked to help produce some lesson plans for around celebrating and exploring diversity and enabling everyone to be themselves without fear of discrimination.*  As part of this I did some research into books in Spanish that would be suitable for this purpose. One of the plans I wrote was […]

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 […]

Mi dragón y yo (David Biedrzycki)

  On my trip to London on Tuesday I paid a flying visit to the fourth floor of Foyles where all the language books are found. Although I was limited in the time I could spend there – 25 minutes! – and I imposed a spending limit on myself too, I still managed to come away […]

Veo veo ¿a quién ves? – un libro animado con solapas

As I came towards the end of sharing the books I bought in Bilbao at Easter, it dawned on me that I’d bought some lovely books in Barcelona last May and not shared them. Here’s one of them! I was initially drawn by the title as it reminded me of the game (similar reason why I […]

‘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 […]

North West Primary Languages Conference 29.06.17

I am very pleased to have been asked to speak at the North West Primary Languages Conference in Warrington in June. This is the annual conference run by Janet Lloyd’s Primary Languages Network and this year the theme is Progress with Primary Languages. The keynotes will focus on the identifying progress, phonics, using technology and the wonders […]