Category Archives: reading

Tell me a story! – my session at #PracPed18

My session at #PracPed18 was entitled Tell me a story! You can find the Slideshare below. In it, I shared some ideas about the use of stories and books in the languages classroom. Beginning by discussing why you would use stories, we moved on to choosing books, and then some ideas of how you could use […]

A visit to Foyles

Yesterday I was in London for the annual ALL Council meeting, this year held at the Institute of Education. I deliberately set out early so that I could visit Foyles on Charing Cross Road as it now houses Grant and Cutler on the 4th floor.  To be honest I could easily have spent far longer […]

Summer books – We’re Gangin on a Bear Hunt.

This summer we’ve spent part of our holiday in the Highlands of Scotland near Ullapool, a beautiful part of the world. For many years and even more so since we lived in Switzerland, the prerequisites for a holiday destination have been mountains, lakes or the sea and beautiful scenery, and we got that by the […]

Summer books – I LOVE YOU.

I’ve bought a few books over the summer that I wanted to share in short posts as I prepare to go back to school next week. The first is called I LOVE YOU. It’s a simple story in English about Little Badger and his teacher, Ms Giraffe who teaches him her favourite words. “They sound […]

Using technology for collaboration #LW2018

  This year at Language World I was invited to present some ideas for using technology for collaboration in language learning. I teach primary so the focus was on that age group but there are many ideas and tools that are equally applicable for young and old! In spite of some technical hitches and running […]

Presiona aquí

 via GIPHY Today is International Children’s Book Day and I’ve got a new book! It’s called Presiona aquí and it’s by Hervé Tullet. It’s the Spanish version of Press here and I bought it to share with FKS and KS1, although I’m sure some of Y3 would also enjoy it! The book starts with […]

Spanish books for World Book Day #WBD

With World Book Day (#WBD) approaching next week on March 1st, I’ve been having a think over the last few days about what I’ll be doing with the classes I teach on Thursday. Last year we explored the Mr Men and Little Miss characters in Spanish as our focus at school was on illustrators. The […]

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 […]

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 […]