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  1. 1. MFL Activities Lots of activities, ideas and resources to use in your MFL lessons.
  2. 2. SKILLS reading numeracy listening ICT speaking writing dictionary
  3. 3. Sit ‘n’ Spin Great idea – taken from Pinterest
  4. 4. Trapdoor Student has to read through guessing the correct answer. If they get it right they carry on. If they get it wrong someone else ha to have a go but start from the beginning. Lots of repetition – great for listening skills. First one to the end wins a prize.
  5. 5. Darts Bought from the 99p Store. I use as a plenary. If students get the question right they can throw the dart. Group with the most points wins. A good one for the boys.
  6. 6. Adjectives Nice idea when learning adjectives. Students could do this for homework.
  7. 7. Adjectives (2) Another good idea when covering adjectives. Take photo to stick in their books.
  8. 8. Creative Descriptions Fun way of presenting a piece of writing.
  9. 9. Guess Who PowerPoint with celebrities’ names translated into French. Students use a dictionary to help them figure out who the person is. e.g. prendre ça = Take That French - Who am I?
  10. 10. Challenge Capsules Make tubs with challenges for early finishers. (You can get about 8 of these tubs in 99p Store/Poundland)
  11. 11. Guess The Song A nice starter activity. My students love this one. PowerPoint with English song titles translated into Spanish and they have to guess the English. Spanish Guess The Song
  12. 12. Number Flashcards Write some random numbers (including negatives) on the board and stick flashcards over them. Students are in teams, they tell you a phrase, you take off the flashcard and that is the number of points they get.
  13. 13. Question Chairs Hide Common Core questions under their seat and announce 'hot seat' sometime during the day. Whoever has a question under their seat has to answer it.
  14. 14. Guess the Word Everybody standing up. Write a word on a whiteboard and students have to guess what it is and write it on their own. They reveal their boards then teacher reveals theirs. If they have matched, they can sit down. If not, they rub off their word and start again.
  15. 15. Phrase of the Week Give students a word/phrase of the week. If they use it correctly in context they win a raffle ticket. One of these is picked out at the end of each week and this student wins a lolly.
  17. 17. Je regarder
  18. 18. Heads and Tails Sentences Give students some starts and ends of sentences and they have to join them up. Hier je suis allé J’ai voyagé J’ai visité J’ai mangé en avion. un croissant. en France. les monuments.
  19. 19. Map speaking activity Good for talking about places in town, directions and prepositions. In pairs students have a different map each and a copy of their partner’s with some places missing which they have to fill in by listening to their partner’s description/asking questions.
  20. 20. Radio App Download the TuneIn radio app. Click 'By Location' > Europe > France/Spain then choose either the type of music (genre) you want to listen to or the area in France or Spain.
  21. 21. Fortune Tellers Get your students to make these to practise job vocab. Good for recap of basic numbers and colours.
  22. 22. What do you know about…? Tell your partner everything you know about…
  23. 23. Ball Repetition Students throw the ball around the room repeating the word after the teacher.
  24. 24. Card Finder Place flashcards on the walls around the room. Say the word in the TL/English and students point to the correct part of the room.
  25. 25. Miming Mime a word and students shout out in the target language.
  26. 26. Passez la bombe Buy a kitchen timer and put it in a small black box. Put the timer in the box. When you play, set the timer for between 1-2 mins, put into box and say a question you've covered recently which can have many different answers. Pass the bomb to first pupil, who can pass it on when they've said an answer. Whoever is holding the bomb when it goes off has to do a forfeit.
  27. 27. 4 Chairs 4 chairs at the front of the class. The rest of class must ask each in turn a question. If they are correct the person stays on the chair. If not the questioner takes place. The 4 still on the chairs at the exact moment the bell rings gain points/sweets.
  28. 28. Cups Students are given a set of cards with vocab on and they have to put them in the correct cup. NOUNS VERBS ADJECTIVES
  29. 29. First Letters Give the students the first letter of each word in a sentence. They have to figure out what the sentence is. JVABDLM Je vais au bord de la mer.
  30. 30. Weather Wall Interactive Weather Display Interactive weather display which students can easily update or can be discussed as a starter activity.
  31. 31. Knocking Out Teeth Divide the class into two teams. Ask individual team members questions. Draw two big mouths on the whiteboard, giving each about 8 teeth. If they get it RIGHT, you erase one tooth from the OPPONENTS mouth. Other suggestions: • Draw sweets and take them away • Eat up each others’ apples, bananas, ice-creams, etc. • Draw a person for each; then, with each mistake they make, draw a part of something around them; if they lose, they end up with a large monster’s mouth swallowing them.
  32. 32. (1) Mon collège s’appelle (2) J’aime (4) Je déteste les maths parce que le prof est les maths l’histoire l’anglais Ridgewood School. Hallcross School. Danum School. (3) parce que c’est ennuyeuse irascible méchante (5) Le dessin est plus ennuyeux que (6) Ma matière préférée est facile. intéressant. amusant. la géographie le sport l’espagnol (7) parce que l’histoire la technologie les sciences j’adore apprendre les langues. c’est très facile.
  33. 33. Encore Une Fois Similar to previous. One volunteer to leave the room. Rest of class agree on answers. The volunteer comes back in and begins to read and guesses a/b/c. If correct he continues. If incorrect he must go back to the beginning and guess again. Every time the volunteer gets the answer wrong, he must go back to the beginning and class says ”encore une fois”. This could then be done in pairs. (1) Mon collège s’appelle Ridgewood School. Hallcross School. Danum School.
  34. 34. Dice Gap Fill 1 2 3 4 5 6 A Luc Pierre Yohan Thierry Quentin Laurent B sept quinze dix-sept dix-huit neuf six C Normalem ent Tous les jours Une fois par semaine Une fois par mois Tous les deux jours Quelquefoi s D du pain grillé des céréales un du pain croissant un pain au chocolat du fruit E du jus d’orange du thé du café du jus de pomme de l’eau du lait F six sept huit neuf dix onze G H I la ma la salle à la le salon le jardin cuisine chambre manger voiture ma mon mon ma mes mon soeur frère copain famille parents petit ami savoure nourriss délicieux bon goûteux génial ux ant Roll the dice and fill in the gaps of your paragraph. A Salut, je m’appelle ________________ et B j’ai ___________ ans. C _________________________ au petit déjeuner D je mange _________________ et E je bois _______________________ . F D’habitude je mange le petit déjeuner à __________ heures G dans ______________ H avec ___________________. I J’adore manger du pain grillé avec du beurre et de la confiture parce que c’est _________________.
  35. 35. Textivate Textivate
  36. 36. Virtual Teachers To promote independent learning and differentiation. Make a PowerPoint slide with questions related to the task and hyperlink the answers. Students can click these when they need to.
  37. 37. Dingbats Students guess the word/phrase from the picture on the screen. Good to get their brains ticking at the start of the lesson.
  38. 38. Sequencing and Matching Give students a text and translation cut up. They match the text with the translation and put in the correct order.
  39. 39. Trays Red, amber, green trays for end of lesson. Students put their book in the correct tray depending on their level of understanding.
  40. 40. Similar Writing Students are given two very different texts and have to find the similarities between the two in order to help them decide what they need to include in their own piece of writing. J’habite avec ma soeur dans une petite maison en Angleterre. J’habite avec ma mère dans une grande maison en France.
  41. 41. Expert Tables Choose students who have mastered an aspect of languages. Other students go and see these people for help.
  42. 42. Silent reading Read a book, story, poem or newspaper in the target language.
  43. 43. Card Racing Game • Create 7 cards with different tasks. • Put the pupils into pairs or groups of 3. To start the game give each group a card and a mini board. • They then have to complete the task and one member of the group brings it to you to check. Once they have had the answer checked they get another card. • The object of the game is to complete all the cards first, this group wins. Record on a grid which group has completed which cards and offer a prize to each member of the winning group as an inventive.
  44. 44. Paired Gap-fill • Everybody has the same text but with different words missing. • Each pair should be left with two complete texts. • Take it in turns to read out a paragraph. Your partner listens to your pronunciation and writes the correct words in the gaps. HOWEVER YOU MUST NOT LOOK AT EACH OTHER’S SHEETS.
  45. 45. 6 15 19 6 9 0 21 22 6 24 12 22 Students crack the code to guess the topic of today’s lesson. A B C D E F G H I J K L M 19 18 6 12 22 11 2 21 25 10 9 5 3 N O P Q R S T U VWX Y Z 16 24 13 17 15 1 0 23 7 4 20 14 8
  46. 46. Find in the text Students underline/highlight (in different colours) verbs, adjectives, verbs in the present tense etc.
  47. 47. Say the next word Provide students with a text. Read the text aloud then stop. Students have to say the next word/next word in the sequence.
  48. 48. Against the clock Time pupils to read out a paragraph/sentence.
  49. 49. Gap Fill Write words/sentences in the board with letters/words missing. Students have to fill in the gaps. ___ m’appelle John. J’________ en Angleterre avec ____ famille.
  50. 50. Vindictive Quickest person to write word on mini whiteboard gets to vote people out. If people who are voted out are the quickest they are allowed back in the game and can vote people out.
  51. 51. Say Something Different Students are given short sentences and have to say something different. L’education est un droit. L’education est important. La famille est important.
  52. 52. Fodey Using the link below students create their own authentic looking newspaper articles.
  53. 53. Find the missing word Read out a list of words. E.G. days of the week, months, colours. Then reread the list omitting one word. Students have to say the missing word.
  54. 54. Moving dictation Teacher reads out a text, the students write a sentence and then pass their exercise book to another student who writes the next sentence.
  55. 55. Adjective Students find an adjective for first letter of their name.
  56. 56. Kings and Queens At the end of the lesson, get two pupils up the front, you say the English, the first kid to say the word in the target language wins and the other sits down, to be replaced by another pupil. The person left standing when the bell goes is officially king or queen of the class.
  57. 57. Beat the Teacher Write down numbers on the board. Point at a number and say what it is. Pupils repeat. If you say the word incorrectly they have to stay quiet. If they are quiet they gain a point.
  58. 58. Snap Students are given a pack of cards with images/words in English. Students play ‘Snap’ and the first person to say the word in the target language gets to keep the card. The student with the most cards wins.
  59. 59. Mini Whiteboards Ask students questions which they answer on their mini whiteboards. If someone’s answer isn’t quite right, hold up their board and ask how it could be improved.
  60. 60. Separate Words Writeasentenceinthe targetlanguagewhich studentshavetosepar ate.
  61. 61. Choral Repetition When doing choral repetition ask certain people to repeat e.g. girls, boys, people with blue eyes, people who have a pet.
  62. 62. Elevens Go around the room saying 1, 2 or 3 numbers in the target language. Number 11 is out.
  63. 63. Descriptions In pairs, students have to describe an image using as many words as they can.
  64. 64. Verb Murderer One student goes out of the room, another is the murderer. Students chant verb endings. The murderer has to give a signal for everyone to change the chant, the other student has to guess who the murderer is.
  65. 65. Amateur Dramatics Students walk around the room, teacher says stop and a word from the topic E.G. verb, weather, animal and the students have to act that word out.
  66. 66. Brain Gym Images right left both Students are given a sheet of images with colours next to them. When they hear the word for that image they put up the correct hand/s.
  67. 67. Brain Gym Tenses right - future left - preterite both – present vamos puedo fui voy a ir
  68. 68. Wingdings Code Students are given a text in the target language and have to use the codes to figure out the meaning.
  69. 69. 6 Word Sentence Students have to write a sentence with 6 (or any other number) words.
  70. 70. Mood Cards When doing a speaking activity each student is given a mood card. They have to portray this mood while they are speaking and their partner must guess the word in the TL. nervioso/a
  71. 71. Quiz Quiz Trade Everyone has a piece of paper with a sentence and the translation underneath. Walk around the room reading your sentence to other people. The other person translates. You then do the same with their card. If both people translate each others’ cards correctly you can swap. Count the amount of times you have exchanged papers. Can you get more than 10?
  72. 72. YMCA When introducing new vocab students make an F or an M shape depending on whether they think the word is masculine or feminine.
  73. 73. Vocab Hunt • Students are given an empty vocab grid. Blu-tac the words in the TL around the room. • Students work in pairs or small groups and with only one person being able to leave their seat at a time they have to fill their table. The one student who leaves the group has to memorise the word and the spelling, come back and share with partner and group members. • The other student(s) look up the Spanish word in the dictionary. Students take it in turns until all words are found and translated.
  74. 74. RHUBARB • Students in groups. • Everyone has a copy of the text to read along. • One person starts reading it… if they make a mistake, or someone thinks they do, they shout ‘Rhubarb and tell you what they think went wrong. • If they are correct the student who shouted out ‘rhubarb’ takes over reading and wins a point for their team. • If they hadn’t made a mistake, the student who was originally reading gets a point for their team and carries on reading.
  75. 75. Infinitives TO infinitive and beyond…because Buzz wants everyone to know that the infinitive is the verb form which has ‘to’ in it
  76. 76. Medals If students manage to complete all work they are given a medal and are allowed to go around the room helping others.
  77. 77. QR Codes Generate QR codes using the website below. Place these around the room. Students scan the codes on their phones. This could lead them to a text in the TL or answers to an activity they have been doing.
  78. 78. Mind mapping Let students brainstorm ideas. For example they could think of alternate endings for each verb phrase. je vais je joue En vacances … je fais je mange
  79. 79. Recap Read through your notes from the previous lesson.
  80. 80. Find your partner Students are given a question/answer, start/end of sentence, word in English/TL and have to find their partner.
  81. 81. Jumbled Images Give students a text and some images. They put the images in the correct order. Lundi je joue au tennis. Mardi je fais de la natation. Mercredi je fais du shopping.
  82. 82. Bingo Ideal as a starter activity to practise numbers in target language.
  83. 83. Countdown Students think of words in the target language using the letters provided.
  84. 84. Crossword Create a crossword using the link below. Good to get them thinking at the start of the lesson.
  85. 85. Adjective, verb, noun Students are given words and have to decide whether they are an adjective, verb or a noun.
  86. 86. Spot the Mistake Write sentences on the board relating to the current topic which include common errors made my students. Students have to spot the errors and correct them.
  87. 87. Word search Create a word search using the link below. Good to get them thinking at the start of the lesson.
  88. 88. Under the Desk Introduce new vocabulary by sticking words under pupils’ desks before they arrive. They have to race to find the meaning of their word in the dictionary then share with the rest of the class.
  89. 89. Odd One Out Write lists of words on the board in the target language. Students have to decide which is the odd one out from each set and why.
  90. 90. One of two game Students are shown images and have to decide which of the two words it is. 1.amarillo 2.naranja
  91. 91. Taboo Provide the class with images which they have to describe in the target language to one student who has to guess the word. Students are given a list of words they are not allowed to say.
  92. 92. Think, pair, share Think of 1 thing you learnt last lesson. Discuss it with your partner. Join up with another pair and discuss your answers as a group.
  93. 93. Knock Knock Give each pupil the start/punch line of a joke and they have to find their partner.
  94. 94. Spelling Bee Split the class into two teams. Students take it in turns to spell words from the current topic. The team with the most correctly spelt words wins.
  95. 95. Word list Write as many words/phrases as you can remember from the previous lesson.
  96. 96. Musical Chairs Say random words and children sit down when you say one from a selected topic. E.G. verbs, nouns
  97. 97. True Wall False Wall Teacher reads out a statement and if it is correct, pupils turn to the true wall. If it is incorrect, they turn to the false wall and offer a suggestion as to why.
  98. 98. Put text in correct order Cut up a text into sentences and students have to read through it and put it in the correct order.
  99. 99. Pupil Feedback Tell a couple of pupils at the start of the lesson that they will be expected to feedback at the end. These pupils write up a summary of the main points on the board. The rest of the class decides if they agree or disagree with their summary.
  100. 100. Complete the sentence Each student is given a sheet with the start of a sentence in the target language and has to write an ending.
  101. 101. TXT MSG In the back of your books. Using text speak, write a text message describing what you have learnt today.
  102. 102. Plenary Dice Roll the dice and discuss your answers for each one with your partner.
  103. 103. Think, pair, share Think of 1 thing you have learnt today. Discuss it with your partner. Join up with another pair and discuss your answers as a group.
  104. 104. Read all about it In the back of your books. Write a newspaper headline which describes the learning from today’s lesson.
  105. 105. Who wants to be a millionaire? Use the French/Spanish template below to create your own Who Wants To Be A Millionaire quiz to test students at the end of the lesson.
  106. 106. Rap Write a rap which teaches what you have learnt in today’s lesson.
  107. 107. Longest sentence In the back of your books. Using some of the vocabulary you have learnt today try to write the longest sentence in the class.
  108. 108. Question Time Ask the teacher ANY question about today’s lesson.
  109. 109. Traffic lights Hold up the traffic light card to show how much you have understood the work from today’s lesson. Red – did not understand at all Amber – understood some Green – understood everything If you have understood everything help those who haven’t.
  110. 110. Get Poetic Write a poem which teaches what you have learnt in today’s lesson.
  111. 111. Past Tense Write a sentence in the past tense using vocabulary you have learnt in today’s lesson.
  112. 112. 60 Seconds Students have 60 seconds to list as many words as they can from the current topic.
  113. 113. Post-it plenary On a sticky note, write a word or sentence from today’s lesson. Give to your partner to translate into English. Then stick on the board.
  114. 114. Get Lyrical Write a song which teaches what you have learnt in today’s lesson.
  115. 115. XOXO Split the class into 2 teams. Draw a 6x6 grid with words/images in each box. If a student from the team is able to say the word in the box they can put a X or a O. The team which gets 3 in a row wins.
  116. 116. Test Your Partner At the back of your partner’s book. Write 3 questions about what you have learnt in today’s lesson. Your partner answers them and you mark them.
  117. 117. Present Tense Write a sentence in the present tense using vocabulary you have learnt in today’s lesson.
  118. 118. True/false Pass around a box filled with statements about today’s lesson. Play music, when the music stops, choose a statement, read it and decide whether it is true or false.
  119. 119. Strip Bingo Students write a list of words from the current topic on a piece of paper. If the teacher calls out a word from the top or bottom of their sheet they must tear it off. The first student to get all their words read out is the winner.
  120. 120. Future Tense Write a sentence in the future tense using vocabulary you have learnt in today’s lesson.
  121. 121. Question Box 1 student stands in the ‘Question Box’ and answers questions about the current topic. They can leave when they get a question right.
  122. 122. Dice Improvements Roll the dice and follow the instructions below to try to improve your work. 1 – add an adjective 2 – add an adverb 3 – check your genders 4 – check your spellings 5 – add an opinion 6 – add a different tense
  123. 123. Charades Student or teacher acts out something from the current topic and the rest of the class tries to guess what it is.
  124. 124. Classwork Peer Assessment Students assess their partner’s work using the two stars and a wish format.
  125. 125. Twelve 12 words/pictures on screen without written support. Pupils can say one or two numbers at a time, starting at number 1. Whoever says the twelfth is out of the game. If a pupil cannot remember the word, they are also out of the game!
  126. 126. Draw Something One student draws an image on the board and others guess answers in TL.
  127. 127. Design An Exercise Design an exercise to check how much your classmates have understood in this lesson. Discuss it with your partner.
  128. 128. Splat Write ten key words from the lesson on the board, and put pupils into two teams. Ask questions for which the words on the board are the answers. One member of each team stands by the board. They race to ‘splat’ the correct answer.
  129. 129. Vocab Test Say words and students have to write them in the target language.
  130. 130. Adverb game In groups, one person from each group leaves the room. The rest of the group agrees on an adverb in the target language. The other person then has to guess which adverb they have chosen by commanding them to do things in that style e.g. ‘jump’, ‘eat’, ‘sing’ etc.
  131. 131. What’s the question? Provide students with answers and they have to decide what the questions are.
  132. 132. Vocab Golf Give students a grid of words. They have to assess their knowledge of each word according to the given criteria and add up the scores at the beginning and end of the lesson. VOCABULARY GOLF Look at the following words and give them points according to the criteria below: 1 = I can pronounce this word and I know what it means 2 = I know what it means 3 = I think I know what it means 4 = I know I have learnt this word but I can’t remember what it means 5 = I have never seen that word before
  133. 133. Vocab Tennis In two teams, students have to take it in turns to say a word from a certain topic in the target language. If a student can’t think of a word or repeats a word, their team loses.
  134. 134. First letter last letter In two teams. Give students a word in the target language. Students take it in turns to give a word which starts with the last letter of the previous word. The team with the longest chain of words wins. casa animal león
  135. 135. Create a quiz Create a quiz using the website below. Students can play the quiz online.
  136. 136. Pass the Parcel Pass the box around the room. When the music stops, pick out a piece of paper. On each piece of paper is a theme in the target language. e.g. ‘los animales’ Name an animal in Spanish, then pass on the box.
  137. 137. I went to the supermarket… Students play ‘I went to the supermarket and I bought…’ using vocabulary learnt throughout the lesson.
  138. 138. Memory game Students have to say which word is missing/has disappeared from the PowerPoint.
  139. 139. Lucky Dip At an appropriate point in the lesson pupils have to write a question based on the topic or issue studied. Questions are placed in a box - at the end of the lesson each pupil draws a question out one by one and answers it.
  140. 140. Blockbusters Split the class into two teams. The first team to make a line of hexagons across the board by answering questions correctly wins.
  141. 141. Like/dislike Make like/dislike and activity cards. In pairs, students take it in turns to take a card from each pile and try to say the sentence. E.G Me gusta nadar en la piscina.
  142. 142. Vocab matchup Make cards/Smart Board games with words in English and the target language. Students have to match up the words. They could time themselves to do this.
  143. 143. Find words in the text Find and highlight these words in the text: a) normally b) in the garden c) when it rains Normalement j’aime jouer au foot dans le jardin avec mon frère. Quand il pleut j’aime aller au cinéma avec ma famille.
  144. 144. Who did what? El fin de semana que viene voy a ir a Francia y alojarme en un hotel cerca de la playa. Voy a visitar los museos y los monumentos y sacar fotos. En mi opinión me encanta Francia porque hay mucho que hacer. -Ella La semana que viene mi novia y yo vamos a viajar a Alemania en tren. Vamos a ir de compras porque es el cumpleaños de mi novia y quiere comprar nueva ropa. ¡Que aburrido! -Juan La semana pasada fui a los Estados-Unidos con mis padres y mi hermanita. Monté en bicicleta y nadamos en la piscina. Lo pasé muy mal. -Belen El año pasado fui a Portugal con mi hermana. Nuestros padres se quedaron en casa. Mi hermana y yo fuimos a la playa y tomamos sol todos los días. Lo pasé fenomenal y hizo mucho calor. -Selena Ella Tick the correct box for each question Who went on holiday last year? Who went to the beach? Who went with their parents? Who is going to go on holiday next week? Who is not really looking forward to their holiday? Who says ‘there is lots to do’? Juan Belen Selena
  145. 145. Underline the correct translation ir voy la piscina to have I go the swimming pool to go to do I do I am going to go the train station the cinema
  146. 146. Nouns/verbs/adjectives a) Highlight 5 nouns b) Underline 5 verbs c) Put a circle around 5 adjectives D’habitude je vais au collège avec ma soeur. Je déteste parce qu’elle est ennuyeux.
  147. 147. Match translations I went I am going to go I am going to see I ate Je vais voir J’ai mangé Je suis allé Je vais aller
  148. 148. Running dictation Place texts on the wall around the room. In groups students have to take it in turns to remember as much of the text as they can in 1 minute before returning to their table and dictating to the writer. The group with the text closest to the one on the wall wins.
  149. 149. Back to back descriptions Students sit back to back. One student describes an object/image to the other who has to draw it.
  150. 150. Quizlet Make online flashcards using the link below. Students can use these to practise vocabulary and then play the games.
  151. 151. Splat the teacher Use the PowerPoint below. In two teams students answer questions about the current topic. If they get it right they can ‘splat the teacher’. The team with the most ‘splats’ wins.
  152. 152. Dictionary Race In pairs, teacher gives pupils the first word in English to find in the dictionary. They must write it down and take it to show the teacher. If it is correct the teacher will then give them the next word on the list. The first team to find all ten words wins!
  153. 153. Sporcle Create your own Sporcle language games. Students have to type answers in a limited amount of time.
  154. 154. Unscramble Write scrambled words/sentences on the board. Students have to rewrite them in the correct order.
  155. 155. Voki Students create their own animated avatar, type text in the target language and select the appropriate language. Pupils can then listen to their text and practise pronunciation.
  156. 156. Dice verb endings In pairs, students are given a verb and have to roll the dice and say and write their conjugations. The first one with all six wins. HABLAR 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. o as a amos áis an
  157. 157. Class sentence Going around the room, each student has to say a word making up a sentence/story.
  158. 158. Consequences In pairs, take it in turns to write answers for the following, then fold the paper to create a story in the target language. Choose some pairs to read out their story. 1. Man’s name 2. Woman’s name 3. Where they met 4. He said 5. She said 6. Where they went 7. What they did
  159. 159. Wallwisher Students double click on the board and write their own sentences.
  160. 160. MFL Songs and Videos Spanish French Pinterest can also be a good source of teaching and classroom resources and ideas!
  161. 161. Stand up sit down Say sentences in the target language. Students sit down when the sentence applies to them. E.G. J’ai les yeux bleus.
  162. 162. Find the treasure Use the PowerPoint below. In two teams, ask students questions about the current topic. If they get a question right a box disappears and they gain 1 point, for every coin they find they gain 3 points.
  163. 163. Trivial Pursuit Each colour represents a topic. Students have to talk about that topic for a certain amount of time. If they manage it they can colour in one of the triangles.
  164. 164. Wordle (1) Students type up their written work onto the website below. Repeated words will be bigger than others. Good for GCSE. *Apparently if you put a tilde in between two words it keeps them together.
  165. 165. Wordle (2) Type in a list of vocabulary such as adjectives to describe people. They have to underline in red, words to describe their mum etc.
  166. 166. Wordle (3) Type in a list of words from a speaking activity. Get the students to listen to the text and number the words when they hear them. *Include words which aren’t there as well.
  167. 167. Tagxedo Similar to Wordle. Not used it much yet but looks like it may be better!
  168. 168. Hot Seat One student sits on the ‘hot seat’ and the rest of the class asks them questions relating to today’s lesson. If they get a question wrong they must sit back in their own seat.
  169. 169. Peg Verbs Buy some wooden pegs and write the verb conjugations on them. Students have to match the correct peg to the correct section on the card.
  170. 170. MFL All Around You Quite a different homework. Could be used at start of school year. Find 6 French/Spanish items in your town – food, instructions, menu, anything and write about it.
  171. 171. Take A Number Put a ribbon in your room with numbered pegs on. Students take a peg if they need help/to speak to you, instead of queuing or keeping their hands up.
  172. 172. Absent Always do enough worksheets for the class. If a student is absent put it in that class’ folder in a box in the room. It can be students’ responsibility to check this box when they come back next lesson.
  173. 173. Tree of Knowledge A tree is drawn on a sheet of paper/the board. Each pupil has a leaf shaped piece of paper. On it they write as briefly as possible what has been the most important thing they have learnt in the lesson – preferably one word. Pupils stick their leaves on the tree and say what is on the leaf.
  174. 174. Class Tools Create your own games at Class Tools
  175. 175. Spider Web Think of one sentence using the vocabulary you have learnt today. Use a ball of string/ribbon. Students stand in a circle and take it in turn to say their sentence and hold the string, making a web around the room.
  176. 176. Gimme 5 In the backs of your books. Write down five questions which will test your understanding of what you have learnt in today’s lesson. Answer these questions at the start of next lesson/for homework.
  177. 177. Finger Spelling In pairs students use their finger to draw a word in the TL on their partner’s back. Their partner has to guess the word.
  178. 178. Be The Teacher Pretend you are a primary school teacher. How would you teach what you have learnt today to a primary school student? Discuss with your partner.
  179. 179. Memory Master Write a list of words in the target language on the board. Pupils are given a minute to remember the list. When time is up, remove the words. Pupils have to write out the translations of terms, remembering as many as they can, in a specified time.
  180. 180. Soft Ball A soft ball is thrown from one pupil to another named pupil in class. Pupil says one concept/key word - next one explains it then chooses another.
  181. 181. Joggers All students stand up and jog on the spot – they can only sit down once you have been given 3, 5, 7… etc. things that they have learned during the lesson.
  182. 182. Fireworks Students stand up quickly and shout out something they have learned during the lesson, then sit down again fast. Ask for 3, 5, 7…etc. fireworks before leaving the room.
  183. 183. Bang! Make a ‘bang’ tin with words in. Could be a good idea if some students finish work early. If the student can say the word correctly in the other language they keep the card if not it goes back in. If they get a BANG card, all of their cards go back in. French Bang Spanish Bang
  184. 184. Question Cards Question cards to promote independent learning Each group has four cards. If they want to ask a question they lose a card. Group with the most cards at end of lesson wins sweets.
  185. 185. Uses of ICT ICT Ideas Click link above for more useful ideas for embedding ICT into MFL lessons.
  186. 186. Dominoes Make vocab domino cards for students to match up. Example
  187. 187. Independent Learning Folders Create a folder which has explanations of tenses and key vocabulary sheets. Encourage students to look in here before asking you questions. French - Improving Your Work Spanish - Improving Your Work
  188. 188. 4 Pictures 1 Word Students guess the word by looking at the four images and the jumbled up letters below. PowerPoint game based on the popular app. Nice starter activity! KS3 Spanish: 4 Pictures 1 Word KS3 French - 4 Pictures 1 Word
  189. 189. Popcorn A different way of presenting questions/tasks. Students choose their own.
  190. 190. Who am I? Students are given cards with objects/people on them and they have to guess what they are by asking their teammates questions.
  191. 191. Creative Writing This one could be useful when learning the conditional.
  192. 192. Spot the Difference
  193. 193. Presenting Vocabulary Would look great in their books.
  194. 194. Discussion Prompts Lots of these on Pinterest. Ones on this page could be good when introducing Technology topic.
  195. 195. Colours A creative way of presenting colours.
  196. 196. Speaking in the Target Language Each group are given one of these and lose a number every time they speak English. One with most at the end wins a prize.
  197. 197. Synonyms Could be adapted for MFL. Students use dictionary to find synonyms of common words.
  198. 198. Student Feedback Students feedback which subjects they enjoyed.
  199. 199. MFL Displays Displays
  200. 200. Categories Could be used as a starter activity. Students have to find one word from each category using the dictionary to help them. French Scattegories
  201. 201. Twitter Board
  202. 202. Writing About Yourself
  203. 203. Question Tin Make a question tin and add questions to it throughout the year. Good way of recapping previous topics as you can do it as a starter activity each lesson. Student picks a question and answers it/chooses someone else to answer.
  204. 204. Plenary Questions What if we hadn’t done today’s lesson? What if you weren’t allowed to know what we’ve learnt today? What other vocabulary do you think you would need to learn to be able to talk about this topic? What have you found easy in this lesson? What have you found challenging in this lesson? What have you done well this lesson? What could you improve on next time?
  205. 205. Blogger Example Blogging Tips Create your own languages blog which the students can use in their own time. Make QR code of this and give to them to stick in their books for the year.
  206. 206. Blogging Tips Upload PowerPoints used in the lesson to SlideShare, these can then be embedded into your blog for students to see in their own time. See my blog for examples: Example
  207. 207. Blogging Tips Include a list of links they can access at home. Embed games and flashcards (a lot of which were mentioned in this PowerPoint) into the blog. See my blog for examples: Example
  208. 208. Pinspiration Pinterest MFL Ideas