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Activities for foreign language acquisition

Visit this blog for a range of activities to support language acquisition maybe the judges and I will see examples of these in next years awards.

http://frenchteachernet.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/50-writing-activities-for-mfl-classroom.html or see summary below. Thanks Steve.

Below is a list of common writing activites in the target language which can be carried out in a classroom or in some cases online. Most of these would be done within a sequence of activities, often following oral activities to improve comprehension, embed vocabulary or syntactic rules, and improve accuracy of speech and writing.

Much writing will be done at home so as to maximise classroom time for listening and oral activity. Writing should nearly always be in the target language, although there will be times when using English makes more sense e.g. when taking notes on a harder spoken or written passage. The teacher will alsways need to adapt to the needs of the particular class.
•Copywriting from a book or the board to establish simple spellings
•Writing down words spelled out orally
•Writing down answers to oral questions
•Writing down answers to written questions
•Filling gaps (with options given or not given)
•Writing down corrected answers to false statements given orally
•Writing down corrected answers to false statements written down
•Writing down the correct one of two or more alternative statements provided orally
•Writing short phrase statements or just true/false on a mini whiteboard
•Taking notes to an audio or spoken source
•Completing an information grid based on a written source
•Completing an informatiom grid or transcription based on a spoken source
•Writing sentences or a narrative based on a picture or picture sequence
•Writing sentences from short notes (e.g. diary entries)
•Completing a sentence or text with the correct form of a given verb or adjective
•Transposing sentences or text from one person to another
•Putting jumbled words into a correct sentence
•Summarising from an English text
•Summarising from a target language text
•Writing down solutions to anagrams (either written ones or ones provided orally)
•Dictation: transcribing words, phrases, sentences or passages from audio or read by teacher
•Paired dictation e.g. running dictation”
•Writing a traditional discursive essay
•Translating into the target language from a written source
•Translating into the target language from an oral source
•Writing a passage from a template
•Writing lists e.g. shopping lists, desert island game, strip bingo game
•Word association – teacher gives a word, pupil writes first word to come into head
•Antonyms – teacher gives a word, pupil writes down opposite meaning
•Writing short accounts from a given word list. Every word must appear in the account
•Completing sentence starters from an oral source
•Completing sentence starters from a written source
•Starting sentence ends from an oral or written source
•Noting synonyms or antonyms in a written passage
•Writing poems or music lyrics
•Writing calligrammes
•Writing definitions of words
•Completing a crossword or acrostic
•Making up original sentences to show a grammatical structure
•Completing a vocabulary list e.g. finding words in a target language text
•Writing for a purpose e.g letter, news article, job application, obituary, diary
•Transforming a text message into full sentences (or the reverse)
•Underlining errors in a transcribed text and inserting the correct word or phrase
•Writing social network messages to a foreign speaker
•Writing words as part of a game (e.g. baccalauréat – find a word in each category beginning with a given letter)
•Writing sentences for a game of “consequences”
•Writing on the board or with a partner e.g. “Hangman”
•Code breaking games
•Writing “never-ending sentences”
•Writing nonsense or silly sentences


Thank You from Glasgow Academy Prep School

I opened my email box and read this lovely thank you.  I just have to say thank you for such lovely words but they are the ones doing a great job so deserved to be honoured in this way.

Congratulations everyone and especially Patricia for sending in her application during the Christmas holiday.  If I am not mistaken it came in just after Christmas but before New Year.

What a memorable occasion the Primary Languages Classroom Awards ceremony was!  Thank you so much for all the hard work and dedication from all the team for organising and promoting this event and to the sponsors for their generous prizes.  Primary Modern Languages is a highly specialised, but often neglected, field of expertise so it is wonderful to celebrate achievement in this area and place it firmly in the spotlight.  I thank all the pupils of the Glasgow Academy for wholeheartedly embracing this area of the curriculum and helping me turn my ideas into a very enjoyable reality.

Uk Census celebrates languages spoken in the UK

I read the report on the most recent census and saw what a diverse linguistic country we have. There are many students and teachers involved with languages other than English. I am beginning to wonder if we should not start introducing more categories to the awards to ensure all primary language classrooms are represented fairly.

It is nice to see this year an entrant for Japanese and another for Cornish so perhaps we are reaching everyone we want to.

The recent census shows:

Some 4 million – or 8% – reported speaking a different main language other than
English or Welsh.

This will be reflected in schools and extended support or supplementary schools as well as Saturday schools.

Also we should see confident language learners arising particularly in those who keep up their first language as well as learning their second, third etc.

In Wales, 97% – 2.9 million of residents – reported English or Welsh as their
main language and 19%, 562,000, reported that they could speak Welsh.

The top 10 reported languages were English, followed by Polish, Panjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Arabic, French, Chinese (excluding Mandarin and Cantonese, which were the 27th and 40th most commonly-used languages) and Portuguese.

The figures also showed that not all languages were spoken – with 22,000 people using sign language.

I am glad that the awards reflect this trend and this years introduction of sign language demonstrates our wish to reach all language learners.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21259401 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20681551


Good Luck and Well Done to all our shortlisted schools they have a tough job that they are doing really well.





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