MfL Markbook Template

I thought I’d share this mark book template which I created this year for my new groups.  I created it as I wanted a mark book which let me filter student’s grades by skill. It is pretty simple to set up – to get started all you need to do is to put the student […]

Revista Superpop

I’ve just added a new resource to the AS page which is a questionnaire which students can devise to get them to think about the qualities of a good friend. When I have used this in the past students haven always enjoyed doing it, and it always ends up taking a lot longer than I […]

Triptico IWB Tools

Triptico has to be one of my favourite discoveries of the year!  It is a downloadable application which enables you to create a number of activities which work brilliantly on the interactive whiteboard.  There is a PDF guide which explains each of the different activities but below I’ve listed a few of my favourites for […]

Spanish TV

As I waved off my AS students last week a few of them asked what they can do over the summer to improve their Spanish.  As a student I can remember being given a couple of dusty old novels and being over the moon with them but we have to be realistic … times have […]

Using video to get them talking

Last week I asked my AS students what things they particularly enjoyed from the lessons and a few of them mentioned the YouTube clips which we watched in lessons.  This was actually a bit of a surprise to me as quite often I had just put on the clips to kill a bit of time […]

Unit 1 Essay Template

A number of people have asked me what I do to prepare my students for the AQA Unit 1 writing as many of them find it extremely difficult to understand the importance of having a good structure in getting a good grade in this section of the exam.  A couple of years ago I produced […]

Marking Calculator (Units 1 and 3)

One of the most tedious things about marking is having to work calculate students’ overall scores. When my students do a past paper (be it unit 1 or 3) I like to give them a breakdown by skill (listening, reading and writing) so that they can see where they need to focus their efforts. I […]

Exam resources

If like me you prefer not to base your teaching on one particular textbook, and thus are always on the lookout for good resources, it might be worth having a look at the past papers available from other exam boards. It might sound obvious but I mentioned this to some colleagues recently and none of […]

Smart Phones for Multiple Choice Quizzes

Socrative introduction video (new) from Socrative Inc. on Vimeo. If you (like me) spend half of your life telling students to put away their mobile phones then you may initially be sceptical about this nifty little tool, which allows you to create very simple multiple choice quizzes and get students to respond as a class […]

Glogster: Create Online Posters

Glogster is a free online application which lets you create and share posters.  It is very easy to use – you just choose the element you want to add to the screen and voilá.  To get started students will need to create an account (free of charge).  Creating a poster is a great activity at […]