For Teachers By Teachers – Marvellous MFL Show and Tell, Oldham

14 Nov

 


Wowsers!  What a weekend.  Here is a summary of the wonderful day of sharing and inspiration that was the MFL Show and Tell in Oldham yesterday.  As predicted, we had an awesome day and all involved came away brimming with ideas and desperate to get back into their classrooms to trial some of the brilliant ideas and resources.  Myself and my 3 trainees included!  Isabelle Jones, you are Wonder Woman personified.

 

NB Accompanying photos and PPTs will be added to this post over the coming week.

 

There were 15 presenters in total, chosen at random using www.classtools.net random name generator. 

 

First up, much to her surprise (as she had only just walked through the door) was the fantastic Marie-France Perkins who had come up to Manchester all the way from…BATH!  Now that is commitment to your profession.

 

1.Marie France Perkins

@Marie-France on Twitter

http://mmeperkins.typepad.com/ 

 

Finding authentic resources on the net

http://www.slideshare.net/mmeperkins/authentik-material 

 

Marie-France firstly asked us to consider 2 important questions:

1. What is the goal of my lesson and the needs of my students?

2. How do I locate the correct materials?

 

She spoke about using the Internet and various searches to uncover wonderfully authentic materials for use in French lessons, in the way that 10 years ago we, as languages teachers, would fill our car boots with tourist brochures, food containers, etc. on returning from a ‘holiday’ to the TL country!

 

Things to search for included:

 

Ministere de la santé et des sports

Weather-webcams

Medicins sans frontiers, www.partage.org , Oxfam France

Political parties e.g. les verts (l’environnement , le nucléaire)

 

Le chateau de Versailles http://www.chateauversailles.fr/homepage , le Louvre http://www.louvre.fr/ – websites which offer virtual tours without leaving the comforts of your classroom

 French supermarkets and hypermarkets

French Wikipédia

www.Youtube.com

Online media such as the website http://www.lesclesjunior.com/ – great for short reading texts

 Live radio stations and TV

 Fantastic for online video clips in French www.monJTquotidien.com

 

2. Marie O’Sullivan

@Reesiepie

http://reesiepielangs.wordpress.com/

 

Prompts for speaking

http://reesiepielangs.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/you-show-me-yours/ 

 

The Hat!  

http://www.sharewareplaza.com/the-hat-download_10201.html

Random name / question generator which allows the teacher to randomly pull out individual names and also pairs

 

Quiz Quiz Trade 

Pupils are given a piece of card containing a questions and helpful answer prompts (to assist their partner)

Pupils pair up then ask both of their questions using the answer prompts only if their partner needs them.

Pupils then swap questions with each other and then swap pairs.

This keep going on and on…giving pupils the opportunity to ask and answer lots of questions

 

Rally robin!

30 seconds each silent thinking time then work in pairs (shortest little finger), pupils pair up and ask and answer questions.

 

3. Chris Harte (on Skype)

@chrisharte

http://www.chrisharte.typepad.com/

 

SOLO TAXONOMY – visible learning

 

Chris was entertaining as always but with a very serious message about learning.

He talked about how the NC (and we as teachers) put fences up to learners – particularly in relation to levels

Biggs Solo Taxonomy – search on Google

Diagram (photo) – the different stages of learning

prestructural – unistructural – multistructural – relational – extended

 

e.g. French past perfect tense

Learning is messy – this is a good thing!

Making links is vital for real (deep) learning to take place!

No links = causes problems

Applying the learning to other tenses

Link to gender

 

A good book to read is Geoff Petty – Evidence based Teaching

www.hooked-on-thinking.com – a useful website linked to SOLO taxonomy

 

4. Mary Cooch

@moodlefairy

 

Using Moodle to connect students of English and Spanish

 

Mary spoke about the joys of moodle and highlights included:

Photoshop Tennis (with speech bubbles) – pupils take it in turns to add a photo and speech bubble and next person adds for a collaborative story.

 

5. Esther Mercier

@atantot

 

Songsmith

 

Download the educational version of Songsmith – it’s ace!

50s rock, salsa etc. – play with tempo

Esther performed her brilliant Daily routine song – sound file to follow!

 

6. Kath Holton

@Kath52

www.mflargoed.pbworks.com – Kath’s terrific T&L wiki 

 

 

Things to look into…

 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/42543677/MFL-SATNov-10-Kath-Holtons-Notes

www.spicynodes.org – an alternative to PPT, a bit like www.prezi.com

http://www.studystack.com – a games generator, a bit like www.quizlet.com

 7. Fiona Joyce

@wizenedcrone

http://mfl-storybirds.wikispaces.com/ – wiki full of ready-made Storybirds

 

Storybird for storytelling

http://www.slideshare.net/wizenedcrone/storybird-for-linguists-final

 

Fiona talked about the brilliant www.storybird.com website for generating teacher and pupil stories.

Link on Clare Seccombe’s fab blog – reasons for using Storybird

http://changing-phase.blogspot.com

New features on Storybird to include tag typing

VISIT THE WIKI!

 

8. Vanessa Parker

 

PPT Creative Ideas to Engage Students

 

Wow what this lady doesn’t know about PPT is not even worth knowing.

Vanessa is going to share her PPT about PPT at a later date – watch this space!

 

9. Helena Butterfield

@Langwitch

 

Etwinning and MFL

 

Helena spoke with great passion and gusto about the benefits of connecting classrooms using the Etwinning website.  She told us all about her exciting, award winning projects to date.  I am looking forward to reading about Michel the bear’s adventures…if he ever leaves her classroom for his travels! (LOL)

 

10. Dom McGladdery

@dominic_mcg

http://www.domsmflpage.blogspot.com/

 

Like, totally random…

 

Dom was great.  As always.  He showed us his Mug of doom containing lolly sticks with pupils’ names on which he uses to randomly select his victims! Fnar fnar…

www.fresherschools.com – PPTs to download which randomly genrate names, questions etc. (Press S for stop.) Looks cool!

Virtual dice – google this!

Also Talking Dice from www.linguascope.com  – £6 for a pack of 6 or for the cheapskates amongst us Talking dice with normal dice!

PPT Alchemy – PPT spinner

 

11. Joe Dale

@joedale

www.joedale.typepad.co.uk – fabulous life changing blog!

 

WWW – Wikis, Widgets and Working Together

 

Lots of audience participation in this one …

 

www.parkstonetraining.wikispaces.com/

 

Joe ran a training session for this school and based on his day visit we looked at the following web tools for MFL:

 

www.wallwisher.com

www.voicethread.com for collaboration e.g. from amazing Amanda Salt

CoverItLive CIL (looks good – a bit like www.todaysmeet.com)

Set up a/c – book meeting – like msn text chat – BINGO!

 

Joe runs ICT, blogging and podcasting courses across the UK – get booked on.  You know it makes sense!

 

12. Alex Bellars

@bellaale

http://ballardmfl.typepad.com/ballard_langblog/

 

Low Tech Loveliness

 

Alex has an English circle! And slippers – English slippers!  Pupils are only allowed to speak English here!  Genius.

Talking alarm clock

Using Duplo bricks to help pupils get the hang of word order – am definitely trying this one!

What colour is a verb? (red) and other parts of a sentence

Mallet – Grammar Hammer – getting me one of these too!!!

 

13. Clare Seccombe

@valleseco

http://www.changing-phase.blogspot.com

 

Mini books

http://www.slideshare.net/cseccombe/minibooks 

Clare showed us how she had taken inspiration from a series of books “My first bilingual little Readers’

Using mini whiteboards to record pupils’ ideas – hungry caterpillar story transformed into the Hungry Monster!

For more see Clare’s delightful delicious bookmarks here: www.delicious.com/cseccombe/mini-books

 

 

14. Isabelle Jones

@icpjones

http://isabellejones.blogspot.com

 

My top 7 apps for French

 

Dixel and Bescherelle – pay for these but v useful

Student reference (help pupils to check spelling of numbers)

France Radio Recorder

French Music Update – Music Top 100s SKYPACK

Lyrics World – ‘Alors on danse’ example given (Download app – lyrics and link to youtube clip,  quick to do a gap fill exercise)

Appbzr TOP APPS France UK etc.

 

15. Suzi Bewell

@suzibewell

www.tinyurl.com/frenchblog and www.tinyurl.com/germanblog

 

The Importance of Intercultural Understanding

 

See previous blog post for my contribution.

 

 

WOW! WOW! WOW!

This little lot should keep you going a while.

 

Suzi šŸ™‚

 

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