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Engaging Pupils


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Extra activities to motivate pupils to learn a language: 



o    Competitions are a great way to motivate and bring out creativity and pride in your students. To find out about some of these competitions, go to the 'Competitions' section.

CILT National Awards for Excellence

o   If you teach language learners in the 14�19 age group you will be pleased to hear of these exciting new national awards to reward your students� excellence. Our sponsors have kindly donated prizes including cash gifts, resources and a language learning holiday to Spain! (to see details - click on link on the left hand side)

Video Conferencing

o    If you do not have the technology to do video conferencing, there are other ways to chat with native speakers.

Guest Speakers

o    You could ask your local university to come with MFL students who have studied or worked abroad. You might find some useful links here:

o    You could ask local companies that have links or businesses with foreign countries to talk to a small group of pupils.

o    British Airways offers a language programme to any schools in the UK. You will find details here:

Making Videos

o    Videos can be done in class, at lunch time or in an after school club.

  •  Aerobic classes
  •  Restaurant
  •  The importance of learning a language
  •  Blind date
  •  Quiz show
  •  Games show
  •  Interview
  •  Puppet show
  •  Sock puppet show
  •  At the doctor's


European Award for Languages

o    If your school is involved in a project to improve the quality of language learning, you could apply for this award. See information on the CILT website:


o    Podcasting is a great way to improve your pupils� listening and speaking skills.

o    You can download this 'podcasting booklet' for free at the learning in hand website. Here is the link: 

o    There are many already made podcasts online. Here are a few examples:



Watch 'Ma France'  video lessons, mini language lessons here.


You can create your own podcasts.  All you need is a microphone and to download the free software �audacity�


o    Trips abroad or within the UK, e.g. Manchester Christmas Market. Click here for important and useful documents regarding visits abroad:


o    Total immersion in a different culture. Click here for important and useful documents regarding visits abroad:

Theatre Groups

o    The flying Theatre:

o    Frog and Rosbeef:

o    The European Theatre Company:

o    Theatre Sans Frontiere: 


o    More and more schools and teachers use blogging to motivate their pupils to share and use the target language. If you type MFL blog in a search engine, you will find several examples.

Teachers TV Programmes

o    Teachers TV programmes can be downloaded and used as listening activities in class.

Writing articles

o    Get your pupils to write about their town in English or in German, then send it to �The Voyage� Uk-German connection to publish it.

Why learn a language?

o    Here is a Power Point with 20 reasons why you should learn a language.

o    The �Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies� has launched a CD to encourage pupils to continue studying a language. You can find the details at this address:

For more ideas, click here.

Language Assistant:

o    The British Council website provides ideas for the language assistant.

Events for pupils and teachers:

o    The Goethe Institute organises a variety of events for pupils, such as concerts, films etc and also conferences for teachers. See details here, click on the year to see what�s on and where. Some take place in Manchester.

o    L'Alliance Fran�aise de Manchester. Click here to view their website and programme. 

o    ALL (Association for Language Learning). Click here to view their programme.  

o    Instituto Cervantes Manchester. Click here to view their Website and programme.

The International School Award

o      Programme has now accredited over 1000 schools across the UK.  To find out how easy it is for schools to become involved go to


European Day of Languages: 26th September


European Day of Languages: 26th September

What will you do?

o      You can find a variety of resources and information on the CILT website and some great ideas for activities.

o      The Council of Europe’s website has information about the origin and objectives of the European Day of Languages as well as ideas and resources.

o      You can find quizzes on the Internet, just type in ‘quiz on European day’ and you will find quite a few. Here are some examples you can download.

o      Power Point – What do you know about Europe?

o      Word Document – What do you know about Europe? Pupils could do the quiz in teams and then go through the answers with the teacher using the Power Point.

o      A number of celebrities speak a foreign language. Good to make posters and display all around the school! Click here to see who they are.

o     You can find very good quizzes here: 6 thematic quizzes and a quiz on how to say 'talk to me' in many languages. 

o     Language of the month is a project done by a primary school to promote all languages spoken in the school. Great idea!

o     Listen to the 23 languages of the EU. Could be done as a guess what language it is. Click here to listen to the languages.

o     The Goethe-Institut also has some resources and games that can be used for EDL. Click here to access the resources.

o     Order your mini language guides here.

o      You can receive some free material (pens, stickers, balloons, key-rings, mouse-pads...) at the 'UK-German connection'. Click here for more details.

Lefèvre Trust


Lefèvre Trust

 Lefèvre is a programme for any secondary schools, or extra-curricular groups, that wish to visit partner schools/groups in France (or the French territories). 

The Lefèvre Trust aims to increase understanding and trust between young people in the UK and France by providing funding to support one-way or reciprocal visits that are part of innovative projects.

All groups of 11-19 year olds from the formal or informal education sectors are eligible to apply. We can fund youth groups, extra-curricular clubs, sports teams, schools, theatre troupes, arts organisations etc.

The Lefèvre Trust aims to be an inclusive funding source and groups are encouraged to apply whatever their additional needs.


Further information can be found at:


Challenge Fund - UK - connection


See link on left hand side for more details.

- Enhance the international dimension in your school or youth group and get
young people involved in cross-curricular projects with their peers in

- UK-German Connection provides grants for joint thematic activities in all
curriculum areas, with or without a language element. The fund is designed
to encourage young people to explore topics of their choice and develop
their skills in an international and hands-on context.

- Funding can go towards project resources, joint activities and reciprocal
partner visits.



Mylo is an exciting new way to learn languages through computer games and challenges. It is a free online learning resource aimed at students aged from 11 to 16.