Home Learning Help
Within the context of to the current pandemic of Covid-19, ALL here makes available to all: information, details of freely accessible support and resources, help-sheets and recommended tools and facilities to help aid home learning during this difficult time. The resources below have been put together to aid the adaptation to remote learning.
Languages Today, Issue 35, May 2020. Free download.
Your May Languages Today magazine is very special this time! Given the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in ALL took the decision to go digital! The magazine benefits from extra and extended articles, with live links from the pages, as well as pilots for new features, some of your old favourites and our acknowledgement of the great support we have seen recently from the ALL Corporate members among others.
Last time we asked new contributors to come forward and we’ve had a great response! So, as well as Michael Wardle, Vincent Everett, Martine Pillette, Suzi Bewell and Clare Seccombe you can look forward to Charlotte Ryland, Carlota Camara, Ollie Walsh, Georgina Dorr, Katie Lockett … and a Y7 pupil ! (… and that’s not all!)Languages Today - Issue 35 - May 2020
Teacher Briefing 20: Remote Working and Online Teaching
In the context of the current pandemic and governmental advice about avoiding / limiting personal contact or staying at home entirely schools and teachers are looking for ways of using technology and self-study approaches to help students continue their language learning. ALL London, in collaboration with Joe Dale hosted a webinar on 23 March 2020 with Georgina Dorr who is teaching in Hanoi and has been coping with the situation of home teaching for 8 weeks already.
This is a must watch for all MFL teachers faced with the challenge from an experienced teacher who has risen to and overcome the challenge we all face and answering the question: ‘Teaching online: Where to start?!’ Read more here: Remote working Teaching online
TiLT Webinars have been set up as a virtual learning resource in place of the face-to-face TiLT Conference which was due to be taking place on 26th April 2020.
The webinars have been recorded from the @ALLLondon007 webinar room and are being led by Joe Dale. Follow the link to find out more and to register for free:
Teacher Briefing 21: 2020 School Exams cancellation arrangements
This year’s summer exam series in UK, including A levels, GCSEs and other qualifications, and all primary assessments have been cancelled to fight the spread of coronavirus.
On 20 March 2020 the DfE announced that the exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards would work with teachers to provide grades to students.
On 26 March Ofqual held a webinar for Subject Associations and on 3rd April published a news story and other documents on which this Briefing is based. Read more in this very special Teacher Briefing 21: Exams 2020
A module for the popular range of “Study” language labs to take language teaching outside the classroom. Sanako was scheduled to launch this existing new module in August 2020, but given the current situation we would like to offer everyone a free subscription to Sanako Connect until the end of June 2020, hopefully this will get us through the worst of the situation. Click here for more details.
Former ALL colleague, highly respected, influential and inspirational teacher Barry Jones shares thoughts on planning here and we can exclusively share his wealth of experience which are placed under six headings in this very special archive:
If you have ideas, tools or resources that you are willing to share with other MFL teachers and practitioners please do email links and resources here. Our ALL London branch are actively working with Joe Dale and Linguascope to collaboratively host some webinars so more news on these below.
This Is Language
Award-winning corporate member thisislanguage.com is offering extended free-trial access to anyone who needs it during the lockdown. Their amazing authentic language videos and games are a massive motivator for your students so definitely take them up on this incredible offer!
Just email the friendly team in Oxford on email@example.com and include “Lockdown” in your subject line.
In the meantime, check out their site here
Online teaching with Joe Dale
Joe Dale shared his wealth of knowledge and vast expertise to help teachers with an array of online tools and technology in light of school closures and the need for teachers to move to online teaching and distance learning. Read more here
Joe shared a very detailed 12 page document which can be downloaded and reviewed here
Joe is happy to answer questions about items in the document he so kindly shared, but our suggestion is watch the webinar he gave first as he does a superb job of guiding us through the array of potential out there.
Happy watching and learning!
Free 3 month access to PowerLanguage online French Course details below:
Learn a Language: French for Families The PowerLanguage team would like to offer their support to children and their families whilst they wait out the reopening of schools. Why not take this opportunity to learn French together as a family? We have opened up our successful French for Families course with no subscription fee until the end of June 2020!
Learn a Language: IDL Language Resources for your class. The PowerLanguage team would like to support high quality online learning and teaching during the extended school closures. Starting from a topic-based approach, we are making 5 Dossiers available to all French teachers working with learners aged between 3 and 14. Go to:
powerlanguage.school/homelearning to access your free resources.
Free access to Pearson’s digital resources
To support continued teaching, learning and building students’ language skills and confidence, we’re offering free access to e-Textbooks and revision materials for:
- KS3 French, German and Spanish
- Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) French
- Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) German
- Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Spanish
- AQA GCSE (9–1) French
- AQA GCSE (9–1) German
- AQA GCSE (9–1) Spanish
Once you have access to these student-facing materials, you can then share them as part of an online class or with your students to work on at home with their parents or carers.
- Resource posters including vocabulary sheets for French, German, Spanish and Italian here
- Resource regarding preparing for speaking exams
- Help students to gain language in describing their mental health and feelings with the help of emojis and target language
- Idiomatic phrases recall and activity available in French, German, Spanish and Italian
Our wonderful Corporate Members, Yabla are offering free access through extended trials to their brilliant video-based online immersion tool until the end of the academic year! We really don’t want you to miss out on their amazing offer which they featured in our recent ALLNet Extra -For more details and free sign up!
How to access Vocab Express resources for free:
- Visit Vocab Express and choose which resources you would like to trial
- Download the order form and let us know which resources you’d like
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your completed order form or any questions you have
- Once your access has been set up, you will be sent confirmation of this by email and be asked to set the password for your teacher account. A member of our support team will then be in touch with further instructions on creating additional teacher accounts and adding your students and classes to help you get the most from the resource
- Your free access will remain live until schools reopen
Are you looking to can create interactive learning games but have no time to learn how? With Educandy, you can create engaging activities in minutes. Just enter your words, or questions and answers and Educandy turns your content into cool interactive games.
Once you’ve created an activity, a unique code is generated. Simply share that code with your students and they’ll be able to play the game on their own device, in class, at home or even on the bus on the way to school. You can even embed the games into your own website if you want to.
The games you create can be played on individual computers, tablets via the Educandy app as well as on the interactive whiteboard.
There are 8 types of games you can generate. Create a free account today and start building your bank of resources, or copy and adapt games shared by our community.
You create, you share, they play. It’s as simple as that!
Educandy – making learning sweeter!
Read more here: Press release Educandy
French, German and Spanish self-service activity cards - free samples available here to download as well as the full documents available to purchase.
Language Challenge of the week - A new fun activity for learners using a familiar image learners can have superb fun completing this for you, in the target language of course!
Free fun topical worksheets on key workers available here.
Martine Pillette's free downloadable resources, 27 are available here. Merci Martine!
FREE FRENCH RESOURCES BY MARTINE PILLETTE
Martine Pillette (author of Labo Grammaire, C’est Parti, Vrai de Vrai, and many other amazing resources) has offered to create weekly sequences of activities to help French teachers during COVID-19 school closures. We would like to join Linguascope in thanking Martine for her extraordinary generosity.
Stimulus Material to Support Resource 1
Stimulus Material to support Resource 2
CAVILAM Alliance Français
Our friends at the Alliance Française in Vichy, have made this fantastic kit d’animation free to download and available here
Our friends at Linguacuisine have more recipes with videos to develop language learning and also cooking! Check them out here. There is also news of the fantastic Linguacuisine Linguachef competition for 2020 and more details are available here
On Friday 27 March many of you joined Linguacuisine for a wonderful live-streaming event on Facebook were they made the classic Italian dessert Tiramisu (meaning ‘pull me up’ or ‘cheer me up’) and the chance to learn some Italian!
The Italian recipe for Tiramisu is available here https://linguacuisine.com.
MFL Resources and Tools
During this time of self-isolation, social distancing and working from home, it can be difficult for newly qualified educators to feel like they have the correct approach in home learning. We have created a small, but helpful document which has links to useful websites during this time and answers to any potential questions you may have.
To access the document, please click here: MFL Resources to aid remote distance learning
TeachIt Languages are making many resources free until the end of April 2020 so have a look here for French, German and Spanish resources. There is still time to have a look through what they have on offer.
Following the recent announcement of the lockdown extension, our friends at TeachIt Languages have decided to keep our offer running while schools are closed.
This is free access to all TeachIt Languages resources while schools are closed to help save time for language teachers across the UK whilst homeschooling.
We know that you’re all working very hard to manage the impact on your pupils and schools in these difficult times. We have made some updates to the Resource Portal to reflect the change in practice arising from school closure. Two new pages are available from the home page of both our main NCELP website and the NCELP Resource Portal under a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) banner.
Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press have made some free lesson packs and resources available too from their popular titles:
AQA GCSE French
AQA GCSE Spanish
AQA GCSE German
Click on each link above to access them directly. Oxford University Press say they shall add more so keep checking back for more goodies to help keep learners learning and consolidating whilst they are at home.
Our friends at EAL Hub have resources freely available here to ensure that in these unprecedented circumstances that everyone is a learner. There is lots to choose from to help all learners continue their learning at distance or indeed if they are in school from imagination creation sheets, story books and activity packs through to social scenes and learning more about space or the environment.
uTalk Classroom—a free offer for all UK secondary schools, running now to the end of July.
Choose three languages from over 140, plus EAL if needed.
An unlimited number of students can use the award-winning uTalk app to play speaking and listening games in over 60 topics.
Works on any standard device—tablets, phones, laptops… online or offline.
Each learner has their own account.
Teachers get a dashboard to monitor pupil progress and attainment.
Easy set-up; we do the work so your students can start learning immediately!
If you need convincing this is for you then look here at what's on offer!*
Get in touch with Susannah (email@example.com / 07749288578) so we can get you up and running straight away.
*For a sneak peek of uTalk’s GCSE-related content, go here*
La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children
La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children are doing what they can to help Schools and Teachers through these unprecedented times. It's business as usual as their Schools Department is still fully operational taking and despatching orders plus there to help with any query Schools and Teachers may have. If you are using their French or Spanish Scheme of Work, Pupil Activity Books are available electronically for teachers to email out FREE OF CHARGE.
In another positive move to help pupils continue with their bilingual learning, plus help to keep a feeling of normality, La Jolie Ronde has re-located it's extra-curricular French and Spanish classes "online". Pupils will learn via live-streamed classes directly into their home on a chosen device eg. laptop, tablet, mobile or even through a smart tv. The response from both pupils and parents has been amazing with particular praise in that the classes are a great way of keeping pupils in touch with friends and their teacher.
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Shop: www.language-resources.co.uk
John Murray Learning
John Murray Learning, home of Teach Yourself and Michel Thomas Method language courses, is offering teachers and students some FREE LANGUAGE STORIES from the popular Teach Yourself Graded Readers Series by Olly Richards.
- Use code TYHOME4 to download up to FIVE BONUS STORIES in the languages of your choice.
- Available in French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and more! Suitable for GCSE and A level students.
- The offer is valid until 01 May 2020 from the Readers site and app only.
To redeem this offer:
1.) Visit https://readers.teachyourself.com/redeem
2.) Enter code TYHOME4 and select "Apply"
3.) Select the story you would like to read
4.) Create an account
5.) Access your course online via the website or download it to the accompanying Teach Yourself Readers app.
Our friends at Brilliant Publications are offering some free resources across a range of languages. On their site they have over 400 ebook and resources throughout their site but have made a page of free languages resources which are available here and here plus check out the resources below:
Language Angels are offering a selection of free CPD webinars covering a range of topics such as French phonics, Spanish phonics and essentials for languages leads and teachers in schools over the next few weeks so check what they have on offer here
Consejería de Educación
The Education and MFL Advisers at the Consejería de Educación (The Spanish Embassy Education Office in UK and in Ireland) together with Extenda, the Andalusian Promotion Agency have developed 8 free workshops for Spanish Teachers, starting on May 12th until June 30th.
Talleres en línea para profesorado de español en el Reino Unido e Irlanda
La Consejería de Educación en el Reino Unido e Irlanda y Extenda (Agencia Andaluza de Promoción exterior) ofrecen ocho talleres de formación en línea para profesorado de español durante los meses de mayo y junio de 2020. Se trata de una serie de talleres independientes sobre distintos aspectos metodológicos relacionados con la enseñanza del español, que se pueden seguir puntualmente: cada docente puede inscribirse solo en uno solo de los talleres, en varios o en todos, según su interés.
Fechas y horario: los martes de 16:00 a 17:00 en los meses de mayo y junio (desde el 12 de mayo hasta el 30 de junio, incluido). Inscripción: la inscripción es gratuita y se realiza a través de este formulario (se puede participar en todos los talleres o elegir solo uno o varios).
Certificación: la Consejería de Educación emitirá certificado de participación a los asistentes a cada taller.
Todos los detalles sobre el programa y contenido de los talleres pueden consultarse en la web de la Consejería de Educación: https://www.educacionyfp.gob.es/reinounido/convocatorias-programas/formacion-profesorado/extenda-talleres-en-linea-mayo-junio-2020.html
Chartered Institute of Linguists
Our wonderful colleagues at the Chartered Institute of Linguists have some free resources in a range of languages to share with our members. These are related to the Year 9-10 exam normally held in June, called Real Lives. The exam will be rescheduled and details will be shared as they become available.
Recent past papers can be found here: https://www.ciol.org.uk/real-lives,
Audio recording files listed within the table can be accessed here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/118_4f1jkzHmfJ5DbIA90XEk7izDdXgm4.
Resources, past papers and audio recordings are available in French, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin, Welsh and ESOL (English). In addition Polish and Somali are available for the first time this year.
Light Bulb Languages
As well as all the usual free resources, Light Bulb Languages is offering for home learning a series of videos and accompanying resources for primary Spanish. There are also the Lumen Language Challenges, which are arty and crafty activities with a Languages focus - great for promoting a sense of wellbeing. See more here
The Bell Foundation
The Bell Foundation known for their support for EAL learners have collated some advice and support of how to help EAL learners and their families with home learning. Please find their free resources here
They are also hosting webinars to aid teachers and practitioners in supporting EAL learners and their families. For more details see here
Need some ideas for online teaching? Our colleagues at Rayburn Tours have created this Top Teacher Tips for Home Schooling
As an immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis, the MFL Student Mentoring Project (based at Cardiff University) is offering Year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to engage with an exciting 12-week programme.
The programme features over 50 interactive activities and sessions. These range from taster sessions of new languages like Nepalese, to group conversation classes for A-level students, and includes a range of seminars and lectures centred on a variety of cultural themes from Brazilian Politics to Contemporary Women in Europe. All sessions are run by Student Mentors and University Academics.
The project aims to support students as they transition to the next phase, in particular hoping to bridge the gap between pupils’ last days of school teaching and the coming year at university (whatever that may look like). The project also hopes to inspire those not yet sure about their next steps to think more deeply about university and what studying a language could look like.
To support this aspirational element we have organised a series of Q&A sessions with university students who can provide school pupils with answers to any questions they might have about studying and living at university.
To get involved, have a look at our page on Hwb (https://hwb.gov.wales/playlists/view/bbf64e57-3191-4a6d-94b3-f08b3dc5af69/en/3 or our twitter page (@MFLmentoring) to see a full timetable of events. You will also be able to find a variety of self-directed learning resources.
Students can pick and choose which events they want to attend and sign up for free using an Eventbrite link. Once signed up, they will receive a link to join the event via Zoom.
If you have any questions about the programme or how to get involved please drop us a message via twitter (MFLmentoring) or contact our Wales Coordinator Glesni Owen (Owengh@cardiff.ac.uk)
Additional Free Language Resources
Don't forget about brilliant free websites full of fantastic cross phase resources, games, videos, activities and challenges to help develop and reinforce real language learning across multiple languages such as:
Audible and Collins: Paul Noble
Audible and Olly Richards