An important part of being a languages teacher is dealing with the mistakes students make regularly. We used to have a poster with the quote: “the only normal way to begin speaking in a new language is to begin speaking it badly”. We have developed a classroom culture, as we're sure all MFL teachers have, … Continue reading Mistakes: It’s the response that counts.
As part of our CPD triad work this year we’ve been analysing how to best prepare students for the GCSE writing exam. As well as improving our classroom routines (to come in a future post) we have also been giving our students a 90 word question every half term or a 150 word question if/when … Continue reading Working on writing well
With the new GCSE in mind, we wanted to develop the written language that our Year 9 were producing - particularly the phrases that they can recycle with every topic. We had previously used vocab mats but students found them too busy to use especially in KS3. Taking our inspiration from the primary sector, we … Continue reading Writing pyramids