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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.

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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  • PhonicsVocab matsPoints scoring charts
  • PhonicsVocab matsPoints scoring charts
  • Exercise book
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    • 1. Eggbuckland Community College Thursday, 7th November, 2013 Developing engagement and (hopefully then) spontaneity amongst boys. Gulp.
    • 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. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 2) Respond mainly when confident Vocab mats
    • 4. Thinking WHY boys might not respond Phonics 2) Respond mainly when confident www.rachelhawkes.com www.doonceandshare.wikispaces.com
    • 5. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 2) Respond mainly when confident Points scoring
    • 6. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 2) Respond mainly when confident Arguing - Group Talk - stimulating contexts to provoke passionate responses
    • 7. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 3) No real audience for work
    • 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. Thinking WHY boys might not respond Blogging
    • 10. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 3) No real audience for work Blogging
    • 11. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 3) No real audience for work Podcasting
    • 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. Thinking WHY boys might not respond 4) Redrafting If you’re interested, watch “Austin’s butterfly” - Ron Berger
    • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Keep on Stop Do less Do more Start