Just a quick post to share a link I love for starter activities. The ifaketext.com website allows you to create fake iPhone text messages. As you can enter in the name of students, using one of these at the start of a lesson can really grab everyone’s attention. I have attached an example – a dull translation task really, but because I have used the name of one of the students in the group, they all read intently to find out what the message is saying, esp. the student whose name I have used.
Join a panel of education experts to discuss online how we can help the state of languages in the UK catch up to other countries, Thursday 16 May, 6pm to 8pm: http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/2013/may/12/learning-languages-teaching-tips-creative-lesson-ideas
We look forward to seeing you online on Thursday. We’ll kick off the discussion with a short introductory note and add a few general questions ourselves during the discussion. So log-on just before 6pm and look out for new comments and questions. I’ll be there!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just a quick post to highlight a great blog from the US. Take a look at www.mrpeto.wordpress.com. I love the stuff on El Internado which is a Spanish TV series you can watch on line at antena3.com (you have to pay) or you can get the DVD from www.fnac.es. There are some episodes kicking about on YouTube as well. There are plenty of interesting ideas and resources on the blog as well as on a sister site called www.mrpeto.com.
Just a quick post for any A level teachers of French. While trying to find resources in Spanish on the topic of bullying I came across this excellent site in French (click here). Typical! The videos are a great discussion point and the website provides some useful resources. The videos and other resources can be downloaded directly from the site as well (click here).
I like to use video for listening activities wherever possible although finding suitable material can be difficult. The following link has short videos on a variety of GCSE topics – www.youtube.com/user/MyRoeSpanishCorner. I presume that the YouTube site is linked to the University of Roehampton. I like the fact that they also provide transcripts of the extract below each video. Below is one extract I will be using in order to reinforce use of the conditional in Spanish.
Just a quick post to highlight a great link. The Creative Language Class blog is run by two teachers, Megan Johnston and Kara Parker, who both teach Spanish in Louisville, Kentucky. There are some nice ideas on here + I love the fact that finally I have come across a website/blog from the USA dedicated to sharing ideas on the teaching of Spanish. As they say on the blog, “Here’s to sharing!”
I am new to the amazing website www.ver-taal.com. A colleague introduce me to it + I love it. I assume it is a Dutch site + it has some great activities for both Spanish and French. I am particularly keen on the “reportajes” www.ver-taal.com/telediario.htm + “anuncios” sections www.ver-taal.com/anuncios.htm .
I have mentioned in previous posts that I put the videos I use on my YouTube channel. The link is http://www.youtube.com/user/sanferminuk
I thought that I should share some of the links that I love + from which I get loads of ideas. Top of the list has to be www.rachelhawkes.com which will be familiar to many MFL teachers in the UK. The great thing is the vast range of resources Rachel shares. Amazing!
Another favourite is www.espanish.org.uk which has some beautiful resources.