Replacing the Language Lab

I’m lucky enough to work in a school where all KS4 students have their own iPad and there is currently a big drive across the school to encourage teachers to use them more confidently in the classroom.  As a Head of Department I was recently sent on a one-day CPD course about using the iPad for MFL […]

Taking resources from old exam papers

One of the biggest annoyances that comes with the introduction of a new specification is having to build up a bank of decent teaching resources.  Whilst there are some big differences between the current specification and the new one, there is (thankfully) also some overlap.  Bearing this in mind I have been through all of […]

Mock Exam Answer Sheets

A couple of years ago I posted some answer sheets for the SPAN1 exam which I had produced to save spending my entire print budget on printing realms of past papers for mock practice.  I get my students to look at the question paper online and write their answer on the answer sheet which I […]

Kahoot Student Response System

The other day a colleague sent me a link to Kahoot, a beautifully designed student response system which I tried out in lessons and students absolutely loved. Questions appear on the interactive whiteboard and then using their mobiles (or a computer) students choose the correct option and they will win points based on whether they […]

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Inconsistencies in Marking of SPAN1 Writing

So here we are again.  Results are in and now we begin the arduous task of working out where our students did well and where we need to review teaching and learning to benefit our next cohort. A few years ago we had some very inconsistent marks for the SPAN2 unit but we made some […]

El culto al cuerpo y los medios

This video would be good to start a discussion about the role of the media in shaping our views of what is attractive in a person and the dangers of Photoshop!

Does advertising mislead us?

This is a nice little video about how adverts are not always what they seem. The video is about the Dove campaign where they take an ordinary women and turn her into a super model with Photoshop. I had a good discussion with my students about it and whether they think that they are manipulated by adverts.

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Has transcription got its place?

Doing lots of past paper practise with my AS students I have realised just how much practise some of them need at transcribing what they hear in the target language listening comprehension activities.  Each year I say that I am going to do more of it but somehow I never get around to it.  Now I have a […]