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A presentation given for Plymouth schools' MFL departments in October, 2013. The morning's session was designed to allow practitioners to reflect on how to increase engagement in MFL learning by......

A presentation given for Plymouth schools' MFL departments in October, 2013. The morning's session was designed to allow practitioners to reflect on how to increase engagement in MFL learning by demonstrating the purpose of languages beyond the classroom walls.

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  • Not advocating revolution, simply revisioningOur focus is on developing real world engagement, for me v much about thinking about both in our unwordly classroom + spreading our reach INTO the real world, whilst trying to bring that world into ours as much as possible. - ICU
  • This is not a session about teaching about pencil cases. Or about how to more effectively discuss what a teenager was doing in their bedroom last night. Those things are not going to persuade teenagers who do not see the point in learning a language that your lesson is going to change that. The first part of this morning is to reflect on the WHAT that we’re teaching before we can even think about the HOW we teach.
  • Write these up+ add to them? Then generate thoughts on news items / cultural elements that could be combined with them to add depth
  • Match items
  • Video deductions
  • Mini whiteboard task
  • Mini whiteboard task
  • Mini whiteboard task
  • I made this one on tagxedo – GCSE environment topic to be used with deberíamos/no deberíamos on next slide
  • Write these up+ add to them? Then generate thoughts on news items / cultural elements that could be combined with them to add depth

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  • 1. Adding deeper meaning - making language learning relevant and engaging
  • 2. http://bit.ly/PASHOct13 For more ideas www.chrisfuller.typepad.com To chat things over @chrisfullerisms To discuss and ask questions Chrisfullerinspain@hotmail.com
  • 3. Rock, paper, scissors evolution! 1) Introduce yourself- name and school 2) Describe in a few seconds a unit which you teach which deals with “the real world” 3) Rock paper scissors!
  • 4. “It may sound obvious but the first step in encouraging high-quality student work is to have assignments that inspire and challenge students” Ron Berger, An Ethic of Excellence, pg 65
  • 5. • Could you talk about... • Would you want to talk about... • How creative could you be when talking about... items inhealthy? being a house? The traditional topics? - school - environment - daily routine - local area - weather - sports and leisure - house and home - food / healthy living - family - holidays
  • 6. How do we encourage... - intercultural understanding? - linguistic creativity? - INTEREST? - spontaneity? - skill development?
  • 7. Difficulties in dealing with complex content - introducing new, complex language - ensuring language is appropriate moving forward - students won’t understand the concepts - students don’t have opinions on the subjects
  • 8. What skills do you want your students to develop... - by end of KS3? - by end of KS4?
  • 9. Chilean earthquake - house and home (year 8)
  • 10. Use your word mat to match the vocab below. What do you think we will be learning about? Querría Me haría falta Me gustaría porque sería esencial útil inútil un lujo I would want I would need I would like because It would be essential useful useless a luxury I would like because I would want It would be I would need useless a luxury useful essential
  • 11. Work with a partner - Note down as many details in the back of your book as you can from the video
  • 12. ? Exploiting word mats • Translation tasks (written) • Mini whiteboard tasks • Answering questions (set number of words?) • Improving model answers • Peer feedback
  • 13. Dual language texts to add cultural context
  • 14. Your challenge: 1) Create a list of 10 items that you would want after an earthquake 2) Rank them 1 to 10- 1 the most important 3) Use the word mat to explain WHY you would want that item
  • 15. ¿Qué necesitarías después de un terremoto ? Me gustaría (I would like) Necesitaría (I would need) Have you investigated No estoy de Estoy de acuerdo Group Talk acuerdo Sería (it would be) before? (more…than) más... QUE menos… QUE (less…than) tan… como Claro = of course Estás loco / a = you’re crazy (as… as) ¡Qué va! = yeah right! ¿En serio? = Seriously?
  • 16. 1) With a partner categorise the objects on the cards into the 3 columns below 2) Create explanations as to WHY, using your word grid esencial útil un lujo
  • 17. Uruguayan drug legalisation -healthy living (year 8)
  • 18. Your end of unit project this half term will be to create a blog post on your attitude to addiction and drug legalisation. Obviously, the best blog posts aren’t just text- what else might yours include? Spend 5 minutes with a partner discussing… a) What your post might include b) What words you might need?
  • 19. 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 This must include… • 5 infinitives (AT LEAST)- words that in English begin “to…” eg “to drink” Remember: these end in –ar , -er or -ir • 5 opinions eg “healthy” I have a list of 9 words- if you get more than 3 of them you get 2 merits
  • 20. You have 5 minutes to… Swap words with other pairs - Get at least 3 more infinitives - + 1 more opinion
  • 21. My words fumar – to smoke tomar – to take beber – to drink comprar – to buy prohibir – to ban horrible – horrible ilegal – illegal enfermo – ill sano – healthy
  • 22. My words fumar tomar beber comprar prohibir horrible ilegal enfermo sano
  • 23. Quiero = I want Voy a= I am going to se debe = you should porque = because menos = less más = more es = it is te hace = it makes you fumar tomar beber comprar prohibir horrible ilegal enfermo sano
  • 24. 2 Use the grids in front of you to translate the following phrases Title= Mis opiniones sobre el salud (My opinions about health) 1) I am ill and I have a cough- it’s horrible Estoy enfermo y tengo tos- es horrible 2) Es importante de prohibir las drogas porque son peligrosas It’s important to ban drugs as they are dangerous 3) Cuando era joven quería probar un cigarillo pero ahora prefiero hacer ejercicio porque es sano When I was young I used to want to try a cigarette but now I prefer to do exercise because it’s healthy
  • 25. 2 ?
  • 26. 2 Writing challenge: You have 20 minutes to describe your opinions on health and addiction 1) What was your attitude to smoking when you were younger 2) What your attitude to smoking is now 3) Do you think we should legalise drugs? 4) What do you think we should do to stay healthy? 5) What would you do in the future, if you could, either to stay healthy or to have fun?
  • 27. 2 2 stars and a wish Writing challenge: You have 20 minutes to describe your opinions on health and addiction 1) What was your attitude to smoking when you were younger 2) What your attitude to smoking is now 3) Do you think we should legalise drugs? 4) What do you think we should do to stay healthy? 5) What would you do in the future, if you could, either to stay healthy or to have fun?
  • 28. 3 What can you work out from this government campaign?
  • 29. 3
  • 30. 3 A) Find the following phrases in the text 1. The regulated and controlled legalisation La legalización regulada y controlada 2. At the moment the situation provokes En este momento la situación provoca 3. It is an impossible fight Es una lucha imposible 4. More problems than the drugs themselves Más problemas que las drogas sí mismas 5. Drug trafficking causes a “dramatic situation” El narcotráfico causa una “situación drámatica” 6. Owing to their strong addiction Debido a su fuerte addición
  • 31. 3 Can you think on your feet? Tell your partner how you’d say the following words and phrases…
  • 32. 3 In my opinion you should try drugs because they don’t cause problems of memory En mi opinión Se debe probar drogas porque no causan problemas de memoria
  • 33. 3 I believe that drugs are Creo que las drogas son a part of growing up una parte de la juventud but they are harmful and boring pero son nocivas y aburridas
  • 34. 3 From my point of view drugs they are stupid and you should not legalise them Desde mi punto de vista las drogas son estúpidas y no se debe legalizarlas
  • 35. 3 Now practise this with your partner1 says the English, the other says the Spanish - Who can build the longest sentence? - Use… y = and Sin embargo = however Pero = but También = also No obstante = nevertheless Además = furthermore
  • 36. 3 ¿Cuál es tu opinión de las drogas? Estoy de acuerdo No estoy de acuerdo
  • 37. 3 Homework: 1) Type up your response to ¿Cuál es tu opinión de las drogas? 2) Add it to the Wallwisher wall
  • 38. 4 ¿Cuál es tu opinión de las drogas? Estoy de acuerdo Claro = of course Estás loco / a = you’re crazy No estoy de acuerdo ¡Qué va! = yeah right! ¿En serio? = Seriously?
  • 39. 4 ¿Cuál es tu opinión del alcohol? Estoy de acuerdo Claro = of course Estás loco / a = you’re crazy No estoy de acuerdo ¡Qué va! = yeah right! ¿En serio? = Seriously?
  • 40. 4 ¿Cuál es tu opinión del tabaco? Estoy de acuerdo Claro = of course Estás loco / a = you’re crazy No estoy de acuerdo ¡Qué va! = yeah right! ¿En serio? = Seriously?
  • 41. 4 I want Quiero
  • 42. 4 To smoke fumar
  • 43. 4 To drink beber
  • 44. 4 ¿Se debe legalizar las drogas? DEBATE Drug dealer Parent Anti-drugs campaigner Teacher Drug user 17 year old
  • 45. 1) Create a creative description of the picture 2) 4 Add your description to the Voicethread at http://bit.ly/drogasopinion 3) Leave follow-up 2 stars and a wish comments on other descriptions Things to describe • Who he is • Who he is with and what they’re like • What he does for exercise • Is he healthy or not? • What he wants to do in the future to be healthy
  • 46. Pamplona: bull-running, tourism, local area, cruelty
  • 47. En grupos de 3 decide si Marta está a favor o en contra de San Fermin
  • 48. A few other useful, simple ideas...
  • 49. www.wordle.net www.tagxedo.com
  • 50. Deberíamos... No deberíamos... + infinitivo Verbos importantes: ahorrar apagar cambiar comprar consumir malgastar mantener mejorar plantar proteger reciclar reducir salvar tirar usar utilizar
  • 51. Running dictations En mi opinión soy muy simpática, y probablemente soy un poco aburrida. Pero antes, en la escuela primaria, tenía más confianza. Mi mejor amigo es muy divertido pero era tímido Exploitation • Peer mark + provide advice • Find phrases • Translate • Use structures in different ways
  • 52. bit.lyMFLintros
  • 53. 1. 2. 3. 4. TASK: Reflect on your units. How many “real world” elements does it include? Who is doing the work? What skills are being delivered? How can that unit be rethought?
  • 54. TASK: 5 minutes to: • steal as many ideas as possible • talk to people about how you can share ideas / collaborate
  • 55. The “traditional” topics - school - sports and leisure - environment - house and home - daily routine - food / healthy living - local area - family - weather
  • 56. www.ridgewaylanguages.typepad.com
  • 57. www.roydslanguagesdepartment.typepad.com Creating an audience for work
  • 58. Departmental Twitter accounts @longsladeMFL Possible uses • Share links • Reminders • Highlight great work • New blog posts • Building audience
  • 59. Podcasting By students • Provides audience for speaking tasks • Immediate (grammar) revision tool • Editing process = repeated exposure • Easy to access anytime, anywhere For students • Immediate (grammar) revision tool • Easy to access anytime, anywhere
  • 60. QR code displays http://bit.ly/QRcodedisplay
  • 61. A few of my ideas... - Cinema and speed dating discussions - Shelterbox competition - Environment debates with the Geographical Association - European Day of Languages project - Spelling Bee
  • 62. My ideas are ONLY my ideas... What topics do we really need to spice up? - project ideas - what concrete steps can we / I take? - numbers of students? - cost?
  • 63. Support for teachers #MFLTwitterati #MFLDevon
  • 64. Keep on Stop Do less Do more Start