Category Archives: primary

Pacca Alpaca

Introducing Pacca Alpaca, a language learning app for little people! http://youtu.be/QEds9SfUgIU I’ve been working with Anamil Tech on the Spanish dimension of this app and am pleased to say that it is now available in the iTunes and GooglePlay stores where it has already received a review!   It was lovely to work with Nicole again after the success of The […]

Sharing lives, sharing languages

I’ve just received an email from the British Council Schools Online sharing these two resources (as well as mentioning the benefits of hosting/sharing a native language assistant) for primary language learning. Our free Sharing lives, sharing languages activity packs are aimed at children aged 7-11 who are new to learning languages. They can be used in the […]

Language Learning in Focus in The Guardian

The Guardian is having a ‘Language learning in focus’  week  and the Teacher Network has been publishing articles related to news ideas and resources for language learning. There have been articles about why people started teaching languages, an interesting article on where we are and where we need to be in relation to language learning, ideas […]

Los egipcios

Reading Los mellizos del tiempo got me thinking about integrating language learning in the Primary curriculum. As I mentioned in my previous post, it links so well with the ‘topic’ of Egyptians, or under the ‘learning journey’ of Treasure taken in Year 4 at WCPS. So I had a bit of a look around and came up with […]

#LanguageWorld2011 – MiniOlympic packs for Primary languages

Languages MiniOlympics packs – Bringing together the two threads of KS2 teaching and languages and the International Dimension   –   presented by Michaela Howard and Jo Darley Jo and Michaela – having marvellously overcome technical issues- presented their ideas for how to use the Olympics as the inspiration for language learning activities that  are clearly linked to the […]

GrowStoryGrow competition

GrowStoryGrow, a story-telling website for learning languages, is holding a story writing competition. Open to children aged 9-11, the winner will have their story translated into different languages, animated and publish ed online with their name and school. The story can be written in any language so taking part will benefit general literacy as well as […]

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 […]

eTwinning in the primary language classroom – why is it so great?

Following on from my previous post about rediscovering Seesmic, another friend, John Warwick, asked me to share a little bit about eTwinning in the primary language classroom for an eTwinning presentation he was preparing. I decided to record him my answer as it’s easier to explain in person and I also thought it might be […]

Children see, Children do.

This video speaks for itself. Very thought provoking as a parent and an educator. I’m taking it as a challenge at the start of a new academic year. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSVMht1VrMc&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999&border=1]