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MFL Modern Foreign Languages. Activity: Greetings/Introductions. Take name card Aim: to find partner by asking questions Greet whoever you meet: ‘Bonjour!’ They say ‘Bonjour!’ in reply You ask the person: ‘Comment t’appelle tu?’ They respond ‘Je m’appelle…’

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Modern Foreign Languages

activity greetings introductions
Activity: Greetings/Introductions
  • Take name card
  • Aim: to find partner by asking questions
  • Greet whoever you meet: ‘Bonjour!’
  • They say ‘Bonjour!’ in reply
  • You ask the person: ‘Comment t’appelle tu?’
  • They respond ‘Je m’appelle…’
  • If they are your partner, say ‘excellent!’
  • If not, say ‘Ah, non!’ and move on.
activity review
Activity Review
  • Demanding?
  • Much preparation?
  • Enjoyable?
  • Inclusive?
  • Could differentiate?
mfl background
MFL - Background
  • Nuffield Languages Enquiry (1998 – 2000)
  • Languages for All: Languages for Life (National Languages Strategy 2002)
  • Primary National Strategy (2004)

‘Every child should have the opportunity throughout Key Stage 2 to study a foreign language and develop their interest in the culture of other nations. They should have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities, making use of native speakers and e-learning. By age 11 they should have the opportunity to reach a recognised level of competence on the Common European Framework and for that achievement to be recognised through a national scheme’. (Languages for All: Languages for Life)


supportive developments
Supportive Developments
  • CILT: the National Centre for Languages
  • NACELL: the National Advisory Centre on Early Language Learning
  • National Director for Languages
  • KS2 NC & QCA schemes and non-statutory guidance
  • The Languages Ladder / Asset Languages
  • Additional funding (Primary Strategy)
  • KS2 Framework for MFL
  • FLAs for primary schools
  • Links with Secondary schools (specialist & feeder)
KS2 Framework for Languages aims to provide practical support for the development of primary MFL through:
  • A set of learning objectives
  • Guidance on their use
ks2 framework for languages 5 strands
KS2 Framework for Languages5 Strands
  • Oracy
  • Literacy
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Knowledge about Language
  • Language Learning Strategies
meeting the framework objectives
Meeting the Framework Objectives

Today’s starter activity: greetings.

Page 18 in Framework

Objectives met:

  • Oracy
  • Literacy
  • Knowledge about Language
  • Language Learning Strategies

4 out of 5 strands addressed.

assumptions about delivery
Assumptions about Delivery
  • Schools choose which language
  • Teacher and planners will need access to appropriate resources
  • MFL will be embedded – links to other subjects
  • Teaching will involve different staff, but the role of the classroom teacher is critical
  • Schools will allocate at least one hour per week for dedicated language learning.
why it s good idea isn t it
Why?It’s good idea … isn’t it?
  • Why might you think it’s not so good?
  • So what’s good about it?
  • Time
  • Expertise – linguistic
  • Expertise – methodological
  • Resources
  • Other?
however early language learning can
However, Early Language Learning can…
  • Develop language skills (especially ‘ear’)
  • Develop language learning skills
  • Develop recall skills
  • Support Literacy and understanding of how language works
  • Develop communication skills
  • Reinforce learning in other subjects
early language learning can
Early Language Learning can…
  • Develop cultural awareness
  • Foster positive attitudes to:

- language learning

- Other cultures

- Speakers of other languages

- Speakers of non-standard English

  • Develop self-esteem amongst pupils with EAL
holy souls
Holy Souls
  • KS2 Framework for Languages with QCA
  • LCP scheme with flashcards as backbone
  • All years start with Y3 then build on this
  • 1 hour per week – half hour & smaller chunks
  • Emphasis on Speaking & Listening with some writing further down line (more next week)
  • Use of ICT to support & motivate
  • Cross-curricular links
  • Songs, poems, games, dances, etc
  • Make it fun – have a go!
holy souls19
Holy Souls
  • Non-statutory until 2010/11 (date not yet set)
  • No formal assessments (yet)
  • Make engaging: A process as much as an outcome
  • Links with Archbishop Illesley – esp Y6
  • Languages coach – establish need first
  • Funding & from LA through BASS
  • Links with French schools – 2009/10
suggested planning
Suggested Planning
  • Spring Term – immersion in French language
  • Try out basics, e.g. greetings, numbers, commands
  • Use ICT resources to grab children’s interest, e.g. Funny Bear
  • KS2 Year 3 Term 1 week-by-week Resource Pack to get started
  • Learn together with children
  • 40% French words = cognates!
  • Allons Chanter CD, e.g. for phonics sound ‘ou’ – game ‘coucou et hibou’
  • French children’s characters, e.g. Funny Bear, Pigloo, Bebe Lilly.

Comment t’appelle tu?

Je m\'appelle funny bearJe m\'appelle funny bear Je m\'appelle funny funny funny funny funny bear.

J\'ai un petit ventre mou et un slip kangourou.Je suis pas comme les autres tout doux moi

Je suis un petit loup.


Qu\'est-ce que tu aimes faire, Pigloo?

Qu\'il fasse bon ou mauvaisMoi j\'aime skierQu\'il fasse bon ou mauvaisMoi j\'aime skierEn avant en arrièreS\'envoler dans les airsDe surfer, je n\'peux plus m\'arrêter

Tenez-vous les hanches

Faites comme les pingouins

Faut que ça balance

On se déhanche

Ca fait du bien.

pat et stanley font du sport suggested use
Pat et Stanley font du SportSuggested Use
  • Listen for cognates – make notes / list
  • What is happening?
  • Prediction: what next?
  • Qui est les animaux?
  • Enjoy!
  • Un, deux , un deux trois
  • Quatre, cinq, quatre cinq six
  • Sept, huit, sept huit neuf
  • DIX et puis ça recommence la, la , la , la
  • et puis ça recommence. (répétez)
cultural understanding
Cultural understanding
  • Food tasting
  • Weather – webcams, e.g.
  • ‘trendy’ site
  • main TV site for clips
  • Chez Mimi
  • Chez Mimi episodes:
  • Film trailers – prediction skills, listening skills, compare cultures, e.g.
other ideas
Other ideas
  • Register – greetings or just say something in French
  • Kim’s game
  • PE numbers game
  • Maths mental warm-up
  • Birthdays: ‘Bon anniversaire!’
  • Sign of the Cross: ‘Au nom du père, Et du fils, Et du Saint-Esprit. Amen’.
  • LCP Interactive activities – icon on system
  • Websites – see basic list on staff common, e.g.
  • Youtube – fantastic resource - vet first!
  • Powerpoint resources – staff common
  • Smartboard resources – staff common
  • More on ICT next week…