Tag Archives: Cultural_Awareness

Twitter Summer Foreign Language Bookclub !⤴

from @ My Languages

It all started on Twitter… After Jane Basnett, @basnettj asked her Twitter network for suggestions to create a list of French books for French teachers to enjoy over the summer.

After posting the link to her list, I agreed to add a page for Spanish books and Sonja Fedrizzi, @FedrizziSonja  offered to make a page for German books

You can download the list by clicking here 

In addition to the various recommendations I was given by many Spanish teacher colleagues, I was also told about other exciting opportunities to practise the language, such as …

The Tomo y Lomo podcast in Spanish about famous contemporary writers

La escóbula de la brújula, cultural podcast in Spanish also featuring contemporary literature

I also found out about the MFL virtual book club run on Facebook by @katelanguages 

Do join the foreign language book conversation on Twitter and Facebook and feel free to leave a comment to recommend a book from the list… Enjoy and Thank you Merci Gracias!

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and Modern Languages Options: What is it and What is the point?⤴

from @ My Languages

The EPQ is not a new qualification but discussing it with Nick Brown, Head of Languages at Lincoln Castle Academy, I started to understand its real potential to promote languages…

I first came across the EPQ at my previous school. Like in many schools, it was used as a way to enrich the curriculum in the VI Form. As such, it is a way to get learners to get a Level 3 qualification as well as develop their research skills and engage with content that is within and beyond the curriculum.

Full details about the qualification can be found here and the Future Ready website but the main feature of the qualification is that, following their own in-depth study, students are asked to produce a project with ONE of the following outcomes:

  •         A dissertation
  •         An investigation or a field study
  •        A performance
  •        An artefact

The work submitted for assessment must be produced in English but-and this is VERY important for language teachers-the research and supporting notes can be in ANY language, which would naturally occur by listening, speaking, reading and note-taking in the language.

If the project is used to complement A Level teaching and learning, the topics can be inspired by some of the A Level work, provided it does not replicate their Independent Research Project (IRP).

The project can also allow students to explore their cultural heritage or the cultural heritage of other people in the community as well as offer them an opportunity to pursue an interest outside of the curriculum. This could be of particular interest for EAL students, as a way to celebrate their cultural heritage, enhance their literacy in English as well as gain a recognised Level 3 qualification. 

Examples of projects for MFL could include:

Has French cinema been a major influence on the world stage? (dissertation-extension from A Level film study)

Is Colombian Spanish a better dialect than other forms? (dissertation)

What trends can be seen in the use of slang words by modern day German teenagers? (investigation/field study)

Interpretation/Performance of a play

Short film in the style of a specific director (artefact)

Self-published book of new translations of poems (artefact)

If you would like to register your interest in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or find out more information about MFL-focused titles, click here.  

And there is more…. 

The EPQ is also available for KS4 pupils as a Higher Project Qualification (HPQ, Level 2 qualification) and a Foundation Project Qualification (FPQ, Level 1 qualification). Like the EPQ these qualifications aim to develop learner’s transferable skills and preparing them to the world of work by making them more organised and independent.  More details here

ALL Session at Woodbridge School, Saturday 17th May 2014⤴

from @ My Languages

I had a great day with fellow language teachers and ALL members from East Anglia and Essex today.
Many thanks for your warm welcome to this lovely part of the country...
As promised here is a copy of the slides I used at the conference as well as an electronic copy of the handout. I also include here a link to Kathy Wicksteed's fantastic FLAME presentation. This is particularly relevant for KS2 teachers but many of the cross-curricular ideas and CLIL resources could be used at KS3 too or as a part of a transition module.


ALL Session at Woodbridge School, Saturday 17th May 2014⤴

from @ My Languages

I had a great day with fellow language teachers and ALL members from East Anglia and Essex today.
Many thanks for your warm welcome to this lovely part of the country...
As promised here is a copy of the slides I used at the conference as well as an electronic copy of the handout. I also include here a link to Kathy Wicksteed's fantastic FLAME presentation. This is particularly relevant for KS2 teachers but many of the cross-curricular ideas and CLIL resources could be used at KS3 too or as a part of a transition module.