The Language Assistant: an aid to
children’s communicative competence
Presenting information (personal, cultural, CL IL , etc.)
children listen to complete a task or game
Children listen and follow the written word
Reading a story Listen!
This is blue.
Presenting a song, chant or rhyme
Presenting vocabulary interactively
Presenting information interactively
Children listen and ask questions
What can you tell me about ...?
Does anyone know ...?
Conversation practice Is it red or
S ongs and rhymes
Three-way communication (1)
Doing a project
The L A and his/her personal life
Family and friends
Home (city/ town, street and house)
Hobbies, likes and dislikes
The L A ’s country of origin
Geography (continent, main cities, mountains, rivers, animals, etc.)
Political aspects (flag, political leader, religions, etc.)
Culture (languages, timetables, festivals, food, currency, etc.)
Places of interest (museums, theme parks, houses, natural parks, etc.)
Education (schools, timetables, subjects, homework, etc.)
Famous people (political, historical, science, arts, musicians, women, etc.)
Free time (typical activities and hobbies, etc.)
Three-way communication (2)
Working with small groups:
to solve problems
to do experiments
write up reports
to explain and carry out tasks
to produce projects, presentations, maps, reports, art and craft work,
video clips, etc.
to explore and describe differences
to prepare quizzes and tasks for other groups
to make a Portfolio
I’ve got an
idea! Let’s …
Remember! Y ou have a lot to offer.
Y ou can:
offer ideas and knowledge
offer language help (vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.)
find or create resources
help to prepare activities
act as authentic input
lead group work
You need to practise :
how to speak slowly and clearly
how to use gesture, expression and
how to adapt language to level
how to model and elaborate
how to scaffold
how to give instructions
how to ask questions
how to negotiate meaning
how to tell a story
You need to learn to:
2. S peak in E nglish
3. S peak slowly
4. Repeat, repeat and RE PE A T
5. S ay it in different ways
6. Use stressing and intonation
7. Use body language, gestures
and facial expression
8. M odel what you want to do
9. Use pictures and realia
10. Give visual and verbal
feedback - PRA IS E
11. B E HA PPY !!
You need to practise:
Whole class led by teacher Pairs 1 2 3 4
Whole class led by supervised 2 pair-group 3 4
assistant 1 2
Half class, same activity Groups of 3 3 1 2
Half class, different activities 1 2 3
Half class, different activities, Groups of 5 5
different area 3 4
Pyramid = 1 2
S mall groups, same area, same 1st in pairs
Then pairs join in 4s
S mall groups, same area, different Then in 8s
activities A ll Change =
S mall group, interchanging during Group of 4 work together
lesson 3 members then report to another group
Preparing an activity
Decide with your tutor:
which activities you will do, s/ will do, you will both do
who will prepare which resources
how long the activity will take
what help you need
should you prepare?
prepare resources which will allow children to:
talk in the foreign language
activate previous knowledge
reflect on new knowledge (content and language)
self and peer assess
make up a portfolio
Some useful materials
for the general English class
pictures of family and friends, home, home town, country, etc.
map of country and street plans of home town
tourist brochures and postcards of your home town
local newspapers, comics and kids’ magazines, TV and cinema guides
advertisements and weather forecasts
board games, CDs, cassettes, story books
bus and railway timetables and school timetables
video clips with TV ads, quiz programmes, etc.
cartoons or children's stories
invitations, menus and recipes
posters, stickers, badges
birthday cards, christmas cards and horoscopes
shopping catalogues and money
Include activities of:
structured oral practice festivals
semi-structured oral practice experiments
free oral practice cooking and eating
finding information ICT
exchanging information games and puzzles
songs and rhymes (important TPR and hands-on
for intonation, block art and craft
language and motivation)
sport and dancing cooking and eating
project work and CLIL
Ideas for information games
Who wants to be a millionaire
Treasure hunt with clues
Call my B luff
Ideas for information activities
Use information to:
label a picture
do/make an odd-one-out
do/make a crossword
do/make a true or false
complete a gapped text
find the right picture
put in the right order
cook from a recipe
draw a picture
do/make a jigsaw
You need to provide:
S imple language which will help children to interact
What is --- in English?
How do you spell ...?
Who? What’s this
Why? B ecause ...
What do we do with ...?
Where do I put ...?
Can I... ?
Can you help me?
I don’t understand.
I don’t know
the main language necessary for the activities
Songs and rhymes
They should be:
easy to understand
easy to learn
linked to age
linked to a theme
linked to activity (e.g. TPR, cooking, art or craft work)
used more than once
Small group use of songs/rhymes
Listen to a song and work in pairs and then S ong Evaluation
groups to The title of the song is
Complete the gapped lyrics It was written in ___(year)___by _____(writer)______.
Complete a S ong Evaluation It has been sung by various artistes, including __________.
A nswer questions about the song This version is sung by _________________________.
Make a theme-related PWP to accompany the song S / is a/ – they are __(nationality)______ singer(s).
Give each group a verse to build up the song It is a __________(kind of music)_____________ song.
S ing the song The theme of the song is _______________________.
I like/ don’t like it because
Prepare different songs with each group. it is/ isn’t interesting
Then: the music is
1. Have a class show beautiful/ catchy/ rhythmic/exciting/great …
2. Try peer teaching repetitive/ too too
boring/ quiet/ loud/ awful …
3. Try a song dictation (gapped lyrics that one I’m not very keen on the lyrics/ music
group completes while listening to the other the lyrics are
group) good/ clever/ fantastic …
boring/ repetitive/awful …
My verdict is ___ out of ten.
Integrated song activity – Connie Talbot (BGT)
Work in pairs to answer the questions
1. How old is Connie Talbot?
Listen and watch Connie Talbot in Britain’s Got Talent
2. What does Connie do when she’s asleep?
Complete the song
3. How does Connie feel about singing?
Over The Rainbow (Arlen-Harburg) 4. How does she feel about the B GT competition?
S omewhere over the __________ way up ________ 5. Why is this song Connie’s favourite?
There's a _________ that I heard of once in a lullaby 6. What does Connie want to say ?
S omewhere over the rainbow, skies are ___________ 7. Why is Connie naughty?
A nd the dreams that you dare to dream 8. Why does A manda cry?
Really do come _________ 9. How does Connie sing according to the judge?
CHORUS 10. Why is there silence when Connie sings?
S ome day I'll wish upon a _________
A nd wake up where the __________ are far behind me Now turn to the pair behind and check your
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
A way above the chimney tops answers.
That's where you'll ___________ me Complete the S ong Evaluation for this song.
S omewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds _________ In your group, decide on a mark to give Connie.
B irds fly over the rainbow S ay why.
Why then, oh why can't I?
S omewhere over the rainbow
Choose a song in English and prepare it in your
Repeat group for the OS GT “ OurS chool’s Got Talent”
If ___________ ___________ bluebirds fly competition.
B eyond the rainbow, why, oh why can't I?
Remember! It’s important to work in English!!
An integrated song activity
There is a man in the moon, in the moon, in the moon
There is a man in the moon and his name is A kin Drum
His head is made of bread, bread, bread
His head is made of bread and his name is A kin Drum
His face is made of butter, butter, butter
His face is made of butter and his name is A kin Drum
His eyes are made of olives, olives, olive
His eyes are made of olives and his name is A kin Drum
Continue with the rest of the face
Nose = cheese Cheeks = ham
M outh = red pepper E ars = sausage
Hair = lettuce
Then use the song for different activities
2. Join the food to the correct part of the head W/S
3. Complete the recipe W/S
4. S inging recipe: verse by verse, children make an open-topped healthy sandwich to
eat for their break-time snack.
5. Class poster and/ PWP with A kin Drum, foods, recipe and photos of sandwich-
making and eating
My “Akin Drum” Sandwich
Y ou need:
A large slice of brown or white bread
S ome butter
S ome lettuce
A piece of cheese
A slice of ham
A slice of sausage
A slice of red pepper
Cut round the slice of bread to make the ___________
S pread on the butter to make the ___________
Put on some lettuce to make the ___________
Put on some cheese to make the ___________
Put on some sausage to make the ___________
Put on some ham to make the ___________
Put on some red pepper to make the ___________
Put on the olives to make the ___________ Eat and enjoy!!
Secondary school tips
Y ou can make PWPs or class displays about:
you and your country
comparing S pain and your country
emblems of your country and A sturias
festivals such as Peace Day, B ook Day, S olstices, etc.
issues, such as equality, diversity, environment, etc.
topics, such as famous people, inventions, historical moments, places of
interest, local animals, etc.
local museums relating to museums in your area
projects relating to the curriculum (art, science, etc.)
english topics, such as shopping, fashion, healthy food, etc.
L ink these to puzzle WS s and quizzes (who wants to be a millionaire? )
L ink these to interviews and educational visits in E nglish
Active Project Work
S ave the forests V ikings in A sturias:
U.N.Plant a tree pledge http:/ www.asturiasverde.com/
V ikings in B ritain:
Geography and P.E.
There are over 20 geocaching sites in A sturias. http:/ www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/
Science and Ecology
V isit the A quarium
V iking webquest
http:/ faculty.une.edu/ gchstman/
/ cas/ students/webjohnston
Art and Nature
V isit the Evaristo V alle museum and gardens.
B irds and paintings.
Use videos and ICT
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/ film/ how-to-draw-a-face
/ watch? v=v0EKbOlGEZE& feature=related
Use these websites to do web quests, quizzes, write a letter to S anta, write a card to friend, play online games.
L ook at how to say Merry Christmas and how to sing S ilent Night in different languages.
S ee how the winter solstice, Christmas and the new year are celebrated in different parts of the world.
Primary Webquest and activities
/ customs/ Xmas/activities/webquest.html
/ Mailroom/ mailform.html
/ Clubhouse/ Games/
/ Overview/ Teacher.html
/ curr/ Holidays/ christmas.htm