My best 10 ideas collection

Welcome to the 'My best 10 ideas' collection!

These articles were first published in editions of Languages Today and feature teachers giving you 10 pieces of advice, 10 practical suggestions for practising a skill, or ten suggestions of ways in which to introduce a specific topic.

Guaranteed to get you thinking and trying a few practical ideas in your own classrooms!

My best 10… ways to encourage spontaneous speaking

My best 10… ways to encourage spontaneous speaking

 

It’s important that pupils develop the confidence to speak in a foreign language. Kayleigh Meyrick shares her top tips.

About the author:

Kayleigh Meyrick is the Subject Leader of Languages at Chaucer School in Sheffield. She is passionate about ensuring all students have access to a high quality, challenging and engaging languages curriculum.

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My best 10… ways to teach language through science.

My best 10… ways to teach language through science.

Dulce Allen sets out her top tips on linking language learning with science teaching. The secondary curriculum, requiring more ‘real’ topics, is moving our language learning closer to CLIL. Dulce’s advice covers all of CLIL’s key aspects, and seeing a lesson at her school shows how well students keep their level of science, and, with scaffolding support, use French happily.

About the author:-

Dulce Allen has been Head of Science at Bordesley Green Girls’ School, Birmingham since 2011. She started teaching science in French to Year 7 pupils as part of the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) programme. Her team was awarded the 2016 TES Science Team of the Year Award, in part due to the contribution of the CLIL programme to the science team’s success.

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My best 10… tips for trainee teachers

My best 10… tips for trainee teachers

The next generation of language teachers will play a vital part in developing the UK’s linguistic skills. Anna Lise Gordon shares her tips on making the most of life as a trainee teacher.

About the author:

Anna Lise is Academic Director – Secondary ITT and Postgraduate Provision at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. She taught in London and Surrey comprehensives, worked as an advisory teacher in Surrey and wrote educational materials before developing a strong interest in initial teacher education. Her particular interests include effective mentoring of trainee teachers, the promotion of cross-curricular opportunities and resilience of early career teachers. She has also served in various ALL governance roles.

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My best 10…  ideas for using drama & performance in the language classroom.

My best 10… ideas for using drama & performance in the language classroom.

Drama is a powerful way to improve confidence and engagement. Nathalie Paris and Victoria Mitchell share their top tips

About the authors:

Nathalie Paris was a secondary languages teacher for 19 years, with responsibility for outreach primary languages teaching and transition from KS2-KS3. She is currently a part-time primary languages teacher and owner of Natta-Lingo, which features a unique French mobile library bus available for storytelling sessions.

Victoria Mitchell is ALL’s Education Officer and is also a primary languages specialist teacher in French across KS1 and KS2.

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My best 10… ways to teach primary languages with drama.

My best 10… ways to teach primary languages with drama.

Bring languages to life – literally – by using drama in language lessons at primary level.

About the authors:

Janet Loyd is a primary languages education consultant with 30 years’ languages experience. She works with 90 schools in the North West and writes the Primary Language Learning Today blog: http://janetlloyd.blogspot.co.uk
Joanne Hornby is a primary languages teacher in French and Spanish across Early Years to Year 6. With a background in musical theatre, drama and singing, she is currently a Spanish teacher at Barrow Hall Primary School in Warrington.
Kate Percival specialises in primary languages. She is currently a part-time Year 4 teacher at Broomfields Junior School in Warrington, and has been there since 2010. Kate has a background in theatre and drama.

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My best 10… ways to bring languages into classroom routines.

My best 10… ways to bring languages into classroom routines.

Tips and suggestions on making languages part of day-to-day school life.

More about the Authors: –

Clare Seccombe
Clare teaches Spanish and French in Sunderland primary schools, as well as being the coordinator of the ALL Sunderland Primary Hub.
Sue Cave
Sue is a primary languages specialist teacher with 20 years’ experience. She is a consultant for Cave Languages, the author of primary language resource books and coordinator of the ALL Thames Valley Primary Languages Hub.
Magali Butler
Magali teaches French and German at KS2. She is Co-Director of the Language College at Tomlinscote School, oversees oriental languages and Latin at two schools, and is coordinator of the ALL Surrey Primary Languages Hub.
Kirsty Williams
With over 10 years of experience of teaching languages, Kirsty is Subject Leader for MFL at Newnham Middle School in Bedfordshire. She runs the ALL Bedford Primary Hub and is a Lead Teacher for the ALL Connect programme.

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My best 10… take one text, use 10 ways.

My best 10… take one text, use 10 ways.

Choose one piece of text and use it in these 10 innovative ways to boost learning.

About the author:

Steven Fawkes is ALL’s Honorary Membership Officer, a Trustee and Fellow of the Association; he also chairs the NE branch and supports several Special Interest Groups. Steven has managed the ALL Literature project since it began and oversees the wiki
(http://ALL-Literature.wikidot.com), where further suggestions and loads of texts can be found, including ten activities for exploiting a text contributed by teachers in the North East, in the section called Pedagogy and Research.

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My best 10… ways to create confident conversationalists!

My best 10… ways to create confident conversationalists!

Nadine Chadier and Sylvie Bartlett-Rawlings on using visual stimuli and prompts to encourage “communication for practical purposes”.

Nadine Chadier teaches French in primary schools and museums. She also creates innovative resources, speaks at conferences and runs the ALL North London Primary Language Hub. Sylvie Bartlett-Rawlings has spent 20 years teaching French at secondary level and to adults, as well as being involved in the Petite École Kentoise, for bilingual children. Sylvie is an active member of ALL Kent and organises TeachMeets.

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