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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 14ï¿½19 age group you will be pleased to hear of these exciting new national awards to reward your studentsï¿½ 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)
o If you do not have the technology to do video conferencing, there are other ways to chat with native speakers. www.flashmeeting.com
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: http://www.llas.ac.uk/schoolscontacts.aspx
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: http://www.britishairways.com/travel/comrellhr/public/en_gb
o Videos can be done in class, at lunch time or in an after school club.
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: http://www.cilt.org.uk/eal/index.htm
o Podcasting is a great way to improve your pupilsï¿½ listening and speaking skills.
o You can download this 'podcasting booklet' for free at the learning in hand website. Here is the link: http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/booklet.html
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 ï¿½audacityï¿½ http://audacity.sourceforge.net.
o Trips abroad or within the UK, e.g. Manchester Christmas Market. Click here for important and useful documents regarding visits abroad: https://lccsecure.lancashire.gov.uk/education/data/edintact/
o Total immersion in a different culture. Click here for important and useful documents regarding visits abroad: https://lccsecure.lancashire.gov.uk/education/data/edintact/
o The flying Theatre: http://www.flyingtheatre.com/
o Frog and Rosbeef: http://www.frogandrosbeef.org.uk/index-261812.htm
o The European Theatre Company: http://www.europeantheatre.co.uk/home.html
o Theatre Sans Frontiere: http://www.tsf.org.uk
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.
o Get your pupils to write about their town in English or in German, then send it to ï¿½The Voyageï¿½ Uk-German connection to publish it. http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/e/infopoint/travel/goto.html
Why learn a language?
o The ï¿½Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studiesï¿½ has launched a CD to encourage pupils to continue studying a language. You can find the details at this address: http://www.llas.ac.uk/whystudylanguages/index.aspx
For more ideas, click here.
o The British Council website provides ideas for the language assistant. http://www.britishcouncil.org/languageassistant-languages.htm
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 whatï¿½s on and where. Some take place in Manchester. http://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/lon/acv/lhr/2007/enindex.htm
o L'Alliance Franï¿½aise de Manchester. Click here to view their website and programme. http://www.alliancefrancaisemanchester.org/
o ALL (Association for Language Learning). Click here to view their programme. http://www.all-languages.org.uk/events.asp
o Instituto Cervantes Manchester. Click here to view their Website and programme. http://manchester.cervantes.es/Portada_44_2.htm
The International School Award
o Programme has now accredited over 1000 schools across the
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 Europes 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 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 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 is a programme for any secondary schools, or extra-curricular groups, that wish to visit partner schools/groups in
The Lefèvre Trust aims to increase understanding and trust between young people in the
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: http://www.britishcouncil.org/schoolpartnerships-france-lefevre-trust.htm
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
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.