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¡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 […]

Un bicho extraño

One of the books I bought in Bilbao was Un bicho extraño by Mon Daporta, a book which first came to my attention at Language World last year during the Show and Tell when Jesús from the Consejería shared it. It’s a charming book that fits in well with the work we’re currently doing in Y4 […]

#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 […]

Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning

If you’ve read the July edition of UKEDmagazine you may have read my article entitled Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning. If you haven’t, you can read the unedited version below or the official version at this link Top ten tips for Primary Language Learning A wide variety of people teach languages in Primary […]

Stafford Primary Languages Conference – Tip Top Language Learning

As promised, my presentation from Stafford last week! A quick whip through some of my favourite activities with a view to inspire and also keep everyone awake after lunch 😉 Links – Rachel Hawkes’ phonics Music for Los vocales D.I.S.C.O. Rhabarberbarbara Jo Rhy Jones phonic activities  Oso Pardo pdf Boowa et Kwala – Peut tu […]

Favourite books for PLL – Counting ovejas / Diez orugas cruzan el cielo / Descubre y aprende los números con Fido

*This is one of a series of posts about some of my favourite story books for Primary Language Learning* Following on from some ideas for Spanish books using colours, the books in this post look at numbers 1-10. Counting ovejas (available on Amazon and Abebooks) is a book about a little boy who can’t get to sleep as there’s […]

Favourite books for PLL – ¿De qué color es Elmo? / Descubre y aprende los colores con Fido / Harold y el lápiz morado

*This is one of a series of posts about some of my favourite story books for Primary Language Learning* One of my favourite occupations in Spain or France – and now Switzerland/Germany – is sitting on the floor of bookshops, supermarkets and any other likely looking shop, poring over children’s books. I could – and […]

Learning Spanish with children’s books

Taking a break from my favourite books for primary language learning, I thought I’d share some ideas from someone else! On her blog, The Architect and the Artist, Debbie Palmer has written two posts about Learning Spanish with children’s books. The first highlights a few series of books that she has found useful – Froggy […]

Favourite books for PLL – Tú ¿Qué quieres ser? / Cuando sea grande / Yo astronauta

*This is one of a series of posts about some of my favourite story books for Primary Language Learning* Following on from yesterday’s post , my other Imapla book is Tú, ¿Qué quieres ser? This has the same quirky style of drawing and poses also poses a question; in this case, what would you like to […]

Favourite books for PLL – Animals Speak / Muu. Bee. ¡Así fue! / Le Réveil de la ferme

*This is one of a series of posts about some of my favourite story books for Primary Language Learning* When my boys were little, one of their favourite books was Moo Baa La la la; in fact, I can still quote it verbatim as I read it so many times! So I was pleased to […]