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Ideas for MLPS Practical and creative suggestions to help motivate children and teachers Making language learning fun and engaging for everyone
My Background Teaching English in primary schools in France Having bilingual children Teaching French in primary schools in Scotland My experience has led to my continual search for creative ways to teach languages.
Motivation is the key to success Making the learning relevant is crucial My strategy has been to plan topics around stories CfE has been beneficial in giving me the freedom to create cross-curricular links in teaching languages
Freedom can create issues Where do I start? What content should my lessons cover? Research is time consuming Issues of confidence: is it easier to follow a prescribed pack? Issues of funding: will my school buy resources?
Choosing the right stories I will provide websites to give you a head start. Choose stories which are simple and repetitive. This helps improve everyones confidence. Active learning and use of the target language can be accomplished on a very simple level. Games and songs to reinforce the language of the text. These give plenty of opportunities to use the target language simply.
Get The Order Right Comprehension Speaking Word Recognition Writing Group, Pair, Individual
Flashcard Games comprehension- card above head, beat the teacher, corners speaking- missing card word recognition- matching word/image, putting words and images in order of story
Songs Many songs relating to stories available on websites e.g. youtube: Nous-promenons dans les bois linked with Je mhabille et je te croque by Bénédicte Guettier Be inventive using simple well known tunes e.g. frère Jaques to compose songs with chosen vocabulary. (See film clip)
Written Work Printable resources available from various French websites designed for pre-5 and early primary stages in France Creative writing: creating French speaking avatars using the Voki website Writing simple stories using the Storybird website Creating simple texts using Tesiboard literacy section.
Literacy: Fairy Tales Using familiar stories to create a focus on literacy Good stories to begin with as children can follow and enjoy the stories because they know them Repetition in the stories helps children look for patterns and notice differences and similarities between languages Reading stories help children think about how their own language works and gives prominence to grammar Versatile can be used on many levels Plenty of free resources available on the internet
Little Red Riding Hood An example which I used in a recent Traditional Tales Topic Used a storyline approach Annette la Chouette was the main facilitator For Little Red Riding Hood I used several versions of the story and puppets. We progressed towards the final outcome of a drama production for parents.
Planning Little Red Riding Hood Pros and cons of different versions of the story Focus vocabulary depends on chosen version Balance of nouns and verbs Always remember the importance of constructing a sentence Possibilities of other stories which link in with the main story (see resources after)
Time and Energy Make a range of resources to suit your needs and make the learning active. Flashcards provide a great stimulus for a range of activities Bingo cards and matching cards Dice games (Nexus blank dice) Worksheets from the internet or LJR and GSG Taskmagic generated sheets Resources can be recycled in early years literacy and in future topics
Final Outcome Work towards exciting and creative summative assessments Written work and recorded drama Emphasis on oral production Examples: a simple short story, a collaborative wall display, a play
The Primary School is the perfect setting for interdisciplinary learning Real opportunity to be creative with cross- curricular links. Modern languages can be developed in every area of the curriculum. Subjects which are active lend themselves to being delivered in the target language. Non-specialists can deliver an elementary form of CLIL. Plan topics which develop language through art, dance, drama.
Examples of interdisciplinary learning Hungry caterpillar Eating and food Vocabulary Numeracy with caterpillar theme Final outcome: Performance of story and French Café for parents Mardi Gras Cultural and religious traditions Cooking: following recipe and making crêpes Dance Final outcome: Animal Carnival parade and singing at Easter service
Methodology The importance of learning approaches To ensure the motivation and engagement of pupils Collaborative learning Working in teams helps the children to social construct their learning e.g. Making a board game for La Surprise de Handa Active learning Children learn naturally by actively engaging with a task e.g. participating in an action chant to learn the verbs used in Le Petit Chaperon Rouge Experiential learning Children should be given opportunities to live experiences in the target language.
Le Goûter Français
La Surprise de Handa
French Websites for Pre-5 La Maternelle de Moustache Des albums en maternelle La Classe de Lilli
Websites for teaching Languages through stories A fantastic collection of stories for different levels. Differentiation within the stories, games and worksheets. (subscription) Free resource: good collection of fairy tales and teaching notes Free resource although you need to pay to print stories. Great site for writing simple stories with beautiful illustrations. Good literacy resources which can be adapted for modern languages
Websites for songs Now available in schools. This has fantastic resources for songs accompanied by animation. Great collection of childrens songs from around the world Good collection of French childrens songs
Other useful resources To find suitable picture books the European bookshop and little linguist websites are good. Amazon is also great but can be difficult to look for books if you dont know what titles you want. La Jolie Ronde CD-ROM La Ronde des Histoires is good for printable resources for fairy tales (French/Spanish).