One of the new topics at A level for languages is that of LGBT rights. There are, of course, resources in the new textbooks which have been produced, but I have created some additional materials. The attached PowerPoint and worksheets focus on homophobia in sports and football in particular. The case of Jesús Tomillero, Spain’s first openly gay referee, is highlighted as well as the rainbow laces campaign. The videos are embedded and should play when clicked.
Just a quick post to share two starter activities I have used recently. Both relate to false friends and are aimed at GCSE groups. The second PowerPoint has a video embedded into it which plays on a loop for students to note down the answers.
This is just a quick post of some resources I put together for a lower ability Year 11 group on the topic of the environment. I have posted some of these resources before, but I have updated quite a few things. Although the presentation is for a lower ability set, some of the resources below are differentiated for more able students.
Back to school and I’m back to teaching Year 7. I’m attaching to this post resources linked to “materiales escolares” + I want to draw attention to the fact that in Spain and many other countries stationery is not provided by the school. In slide 2 of the PowerPoint I show a “Back to school” advert from El Corte Inglés which is followed by extracts from the Back to School catalogue from Hipercor. If you click on the picture of stationery in slide 3 you will be taken to the online version which you can flick through to demonstrate the type of things Spanish students need to provide for themselves. As a result there is a lot to carry and slide 5 shows a video which illustrates this beautifully. After all of this cultural context you can then get into the job of presenting the necessary language etc.
Clearly earthquakes are a common feature in many countries and we know of the devastating effects that these events can have. To draw attention to the fact that a number of French-speaking countries are on fault lines and are at risk of earthquakes, we can incorporate the use of earthquake drills in schools into our teaching when the covering the imperative. The idea is to build up to a type of “Jacques a dit” activity giving orders to students.
There are some great resources for the teaching of Spanish in the US, although I am not aware of websites from which you can download ideas or resources. They must be out there! Nevertheless, a favourite site is that of “The Five Minute Linguist” which has given me ideas for assemblies and will be of great interest to any language learner out there. The site is from the College of Charleston and the National Museum of Language – http://spinner.cofc.edu/linguist/archives/