PL Network Meeting – 3rd December

A really useful sharing of ideas and dialogue today at Westdene, here are the links to the materials shared as promised:

Songs & Video

Bonjour, Bonjour! – alain le lait (French greetings) – YouTube_0 (Low) copy

BONNE ET HEUREUSE ANNEE 2013 – Les Enfantastiques chorale d enfants (Low)

Bonne et heureuse année lyrics

Entre le bœuf et l âne gris (HD)

French tidy up song – Rangeons la salle de classe (Low)

Jean Petit qui danse – French and English subtitles.mp4 (Low) copy

Jingle Bilingual Une Patate – French (Low)

The twelve days of Christmas – Les douze jours de Noël – BABELZONE (Low) Vive le vent – French christmas song – Babelzone – LCF Clubs (Low)

Y EN A ASSEZ POUR TOUT LE MONDE – Les Enfantastiques – Une chorale d enfants qui manifeste (Low)

Je suis une pizza!

Pigloo – Moi j’aime skier – ( paroles ) YourKidTV



Le Petit Poisson Blanc – ISBN : 2-87142-546-9 – Fish Book for colours

Dictionary Game

Looking up random words in the dictionary, the first child to find the correct word is the winner.

Numbers – doing mental maths in class in the TL in teams.


Using body parts to talk about Pharaohs and the Gods

Take 10 – Warm up and songs

I will send out a date for the next meet up after the Christmas break, and hopefully we can arrange further sessions regarding assessment, a bit of planning for progression and more shared ideas.

Best wishes for a festive end of term.


#ililc3 – 9-10th February 2013

Really getting excited now about this ICT & MFL weekend!

This year’s programme offers a wide range of session with the emphasis very much on ‘hands-on’ workshops.   Delegates can choose their workshops and sessions to meet their individual needs, and will have lots of opportunity to really get to grips with the new ideas being demonstrated – and share good practice in a nurturing environment.

This event is renowned for its friendly and supportive atmosphere, and everyone will find a full range of workshops and seminars to suit their needs.  Whilst many sessions have an ICT focus, there are plenty of other sessions which serve to exemplify many aspects of creative and inspiring MFL teaching and learning.

The conference is supported by a sizeable exhibition of sponsors, including top publishers, software companies and other resource providers.

This year will include sessions on:

Mobile technologies
Using iOs android Apps for interactive learning, iTunes, Podcasts and other for personalised learning, designing an MFL App, ‘Animating’ grammar. peer and self assessment through mobile technology

Social Media
Using Twitter and other social media tools such as Edmodo & Posterous, effective Blogging, WIKIs and using online tools to record & share learning

Making the most of Web 2.0 Technologies
A range of workshops to showcase how to get the best learning from Web 2,0 tools such as exploring Google Apps, using Tarzia, Vocaroo, and Voicethread to name but a few.

The Global classroom
Developing and using international links effectively, eTwinning, using authentic materials, developing ICU through online resources, setting up a WIKI to promote your department, using Edmodo, the changing face of CPD

Developing Speaking
Explore ways to develop pupils speaking skills through social media, on line tools, A level debating ideas, recording methods and more

Closing the gap
Way to support SEN students using technology, supporting speech and language development, promoting Solo taxonomy, developing Maths skills through MFL, understanding the learning process, subtitling for learning

Show and Tell
The conference will also include the usual free ‘Show and Tell’ event on Saturday evening – kindly hosted this year by Televic Education. This soiree encourages everyone to showcase good ideas and fun activities for the classroom.  This is a much more informal gathering of colleagues, always great fun and a good chance to network


Early bird rate available until 30th November 2012

After that date, Standard rate: £175 for both days / £125 for one day

Concessionary rates available for Postgraduate students
We will require the name and contact details of your tutor when submitting your registration form.

To book go to the Languages South East website:

OFSTED for MFL – 22nd November at University of Sussex

Many thanks to Elaine Taylor who delivered a fabulously informative and reassuring course for us today.

 Copies of the materials can be found below: 

Guidance for judging the use of the target language by teachers and students

Supplementary_subject-specific_guidance_for_ML – guidance only

Languages South East – ppt

JR prompts and grade descriptors

Ten tasks for talking…. – ppt


The contact details for M.Yves Letournel , the Language Attaché at the Institut Francais are and the contact number is 0207 073 1308. 

Hints & Tips for NQT’s – London 24th May

It was a pleasure to meet such a lovely bunch of ladies today- all embarking on their no doubt glittering teaching  careers in earnest.

Here are the attachments I promised for you to look at : I hope you found the day useful to collect your thoughts and reflect on your practice.

I can’t upload the video due to it’s size, but its a teachers TV clip called ‘Moving from good to outstanding’ if you want to try and google it.

NSC – ideas for the classroom – this is the website we talked about showing the famous sporting figures talking about MFL – this is the other website I couldn’t remember which has lots of really accessible reading materials and ready made resources.

We do take notice of the learning environment – this is the handout we used today which was not included in your materials.

Don’t forget to check out your local MFL events on ALLnet (  and also follow the Network for Languages for your region – especially the forthcoming South East Region Reading University Event on 26th June at and the ICT #Ililc3 event in February 2013 at which offers a preferential rate for NQT’s if you book now.  ( As does ALL – so get on and join quick!)

Best regards to you all in your journey on in teaching – don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want any follow up.

Language World 2012 is nearly here!

Language World 2012, 30-31 March, University of Manchester: Languages for All – Defining Today, Transforming Tomorrow!

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Language World 2012the annual conference organized by ALL, the Association for Language Learning, will take place this year at the  University of Manchester, Sackville Street Campus, 30 – 31 March.
Language World is THE professional development event for language teachers in the UK: two days of non-stop CPD, updates, ideas and inspiration; an exhibition with all the latest resources, services and equipment and a chance to share and learn with colleagues from all over the country. It is also the opportunity to be part of your subject community and contribute to the future of language teaching and learning!
The Programme has something for everyone: a Language World debate panel, a fantastic range of workshops and major talks as well as show & tell sessions, giving you a change to contribute directly.
You can download the summary programme, and more details for the Friday programmeand Saturday programme too.
Access to the Exhibition is free, with a great selection of companies offering training, resources and software. More information here.
There are a number of extra events going on around the main conference, such as:
– A walking tour of Manchester, with Geoff Brammall from the ALL Manchester group at 3pm on Thursday 29 March,
– A wine reception in the Language World exhibition, sponsored by Pearson, at 5pm on Friday 30 March and
– The annual Language World dinner, sponsored by Sanako, at 7:30pm on Friday 30 March.
More details are available from here.
If you want to support ALL, please help spread the word. You can print out and put up the Language World poster, and tell your language teacher friends and colleagues about it.
The languages teachers community is simply amazing and Language World is the only event that really makes you feel like you belong to a very special group of people…
Come on and join us!

Developing classroom talk

Two great workshops this week, one at Mountbatten School in Romsey and one at Oxford Brookes University

Below are a selection of the resources used, which might vary slightly from those supplied by Languages South East .

LSE How to develop classroom talk at KS3 & 4

LSE How to develop classroom talk KS3 Framework for languages

La pyramide

Ten tasks for talking….











#ILILC is coming soon.

Taking place at Southampton University on 25th-26th February, ililc 2012 is THE must attend event of the year.  A smorgasbord of exciting seminars and hands-on workshops await the lucky delegates and the opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues is vast.

Book by the end of this month for the amazing early bird rate and start sorting your transport and accommodation now!

Come along too to the free MFL Show and Tell event on the Saturday night at The Highfield House Hotel where everyone is welcome to speak, sing a song or play the ukulele, if you fancy (at no additional cost)!

For those arriving on the Friday, we will be having a get together at Ceno restaurant as well. Would be great to see you there!

Check out this Google Map for more details and contact Zena Hilton on or call 023 8059 9135 if you have any queries. Follow #ililc2 on Twitter too to find out about the latest developments!