Developing engagement (and hopefully a bit of spontaneity) amongst boys

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A presentation given to help develop thinking about how we can help build greater levels of engagement amongst boys in MFL. And hopefully get them producing language a bit more spontaneously.

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  • Developing engagement (and hopefully a bit of spontaneity) amongst boys

    1. 1. Eggbuckland Community College Thursday, 7th November, 2013 Developing engagement and (hopefully then) spontaneity amongst boys. Gulp.
    2. 2. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 1) We tell them what we want them to say You have 25 minutes to… Create a vocab list of at least 20 words for yourself on the topic of “health”- not just drugs! Write the Spanish and the English
    3. 3. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 2) Respond mainly when confident Vocab mats
    4. 4. Thinking WHY boys might not respond Phonics 2) Respond mainly when confident www.rachelhawkes.com www.doonceandshare.wikispaces.com
    5. 5. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 2) Respond mainly when confident Points scoring
    6. 6. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 2) Respond mainly when confident Arguing - Group Talk - stimulating contexts to provoke passionate responses
    7. 7. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 3) No real audience for work
    8. 8. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 3) No real audience for work Blogging A very old image now but the message remains strong and true- the power of a blog to motivate is immense. A global audience is a far stronger motivating power than that of an audience of 1 in an exercise book. When was the last time a student took a book home to excitedly show a parent what they did at school today?!
    9. 9. Thinking WHY boys might not respond Blogging
    10. 10. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 3) No real audience for work Blogging
    11. 11. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 3) No real audience for work Podcasting
    12. 12. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 5) No real audience for work Podcasting Uses 1. Audio guides 2. Grammar explanations 3. Create own listening exercises 4. Flipped grammar 5. Editing = learning 6. Learning anywhere (why not set up a dept iTunes account?!
    13. 13. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 4) Redrafting If you’re interested, watch “Austin’s butterfly” - Ron Berger
    14. 14. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 5) Active (not just on the tables) Suggestions • Class dominoes / build sentences from cards • Classifying using ribbons bit.ly/MFLribbons • Treasure hunt vocab searches
    15. 15. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 6) We do too much Suggestions • Short, sharp instructions • Visual support- from the moment they enter • Fast-paced (but not TOO fast paced- need for completion!) • Uncluttered worksheets / tasks
    16. 16. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 7) Positive discipline Suggestions • Praise for creative thoughts / suggestions - not using it excessively (fakely) • Positive roles within the classroom
    17. 17. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 8) Female-gendered content (how much of this would boys want to talk about in English?!) - school - environment - daily routine - local area - weather - sports and leisure - house and home - food / healthy living - family - holidays
    18. 18. A few interesting articles http://mflmeanderings.blogspot.co.uk/2013 /11/boys-in-mfl-classroom.html?m=1 (Jo Quatsch, MFL) http://www.teachthemenglish.com/2010/02 /difference-between-boys-girls-in-languageclassroom-how-to-redress-the-balance/ (Adam Simpson, English)
    19. 19. Developing engagement (for boys?!?!) For more ideas www.chrisfuller.typepad.com To chat things over @chrisfullerisms To discuss and ask questions Chrisfullerinspain@hotmail.com
    20. 20. Keep on Stop Do less Do more Start

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