• Blaine Pike

What's Stephen Fry been saying about MFL? Out of 740 MFL tweets this week, these 10 got the most likes and retweets. Read on to find out!

10. Frau Bastow (@SisaSilvia4)

Total Likes & Retweets: 84

Kicking us off at number 10 this week is Frau Bastow. I absolutely *adore* this. She's uploaded a new blog post about dual coding (or, in Bastow's own words: "combining words and imagery to facilitate learning") and how it can be applied successfully in MFL.

It's particularly interesting right now. It's clear that MFL teachers are becoming increasingly tech-savvy and designing more beautiful presentations, worksheets and activities in order to keep students engaged during remote learning.

However, is all of this beneficial or is it actually problematic? Are your students focusing on the right parts of your beautifully designed resources? Are your images serving a functional purpose? Are your materials too crowded?

This is certainly a controversial blog post, but what's wrong with a bit of healthy debate between friends?! This is an informative, enjoyable and very well-researched read!

9. Miss Mullen MFL (@MflMullen)

Total Likes & Retweets: 84

In at number 9 this week is Miss Mullen. She can't wait to start the topic of School with year 8 French next week, and she's shared a photo of her lesson sequence online.

The sequence contains a mix of activities inspired by Gianfranco Conti, E Mercier and Bronagh Dooris. Take a look below to see the lesson progression!

8. NST Languages Trip (@NSTLanguages)

Total Likes & Retweets: 97

In at number 8 is NST Languages Trips. This week the company took to Twitter to celebrate the United Nations' International Mother Language Day.

They mentioned that the day has been observed since 2000 "to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism".

They also shared a link to the relevant page on the United Nations website, which provides a sobering read about the current situation of the world's languages. Check it out.

7. Jimena Licitra (@ladeidiomas)

Total Likes & Retweets: 98

In at number 7 is Jimena Licitra. This week she presented a webinar on how to use some of the digital tools that are trending in MFL classrooms at the moment for remote learning, namely DeckToys, PearDeck Factory, Google Earth and Parlay Ideas!

Click on the link below to flick through her slides. They're great fun and you'll be full of ideas for future lessons. It's not surprising at all that the response from the MFL community has been so positive!

6. Association for Language Learning: West of England Branch (@allswmfl)

Total Likes & Retweets: 99

In at number 6 is the Association for Language Learning: West of England Branch. They'll be holding their online 2021 conference for free on the morning of Saturday 27 February.

The keynote will be given by Suzi Bewell: "Passport to the world: globalising the curriculum in MFL". In addition, talks will be given on intrinsic motivation in the MFL classroom (Liam Printer), decolonising the curriculum (Maud Waret), and quizzing tools and retrieval practice (Joe Dale). Finally, a German-language talk will be given on how authentic texts can be used in the German classroom (Judith Rifeser). The recording will be shared after the event!

5. Blaine Pike (@blainepike)

Total Likes & Retweets: 102

In at number 5 this week is yours truly (thank you). As we approach (an inevitably rapid) mock exam season, students shouldn't be restricted to practising their skills using past papers from just one exam board. Last week, I uploaded a post with links to all of the French, German and Spanish reading past papers from all the main UK exam boards (AQA, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA & SQA), and put them all in one place for the first time. Set them in class, or share them with your KS4 classes for self-study and revision.

4. Sascha Stollhans (@SaschaStollhans)

Total Likes & Retweets: 108

In at number 4 this week is Sascha Stollhans. He's shared an interview between Stephen Fry and Pearson Education, during which Fry discusses the importance of learning languages and where they can take you. A warming read. Grab yourself a coffee and enjoy!

3. Bruno Gomes (@teacherworklife)

Total Likes & Retweets: 188

In at number 3 this week is Bruno Gomes, and this is crazy (but in a good way)! This week he finished uploading 112 interactive versions of past AQA GCSE reading AND listening papers, at both Foundation AND Higher levels, for both French AND Spanish!

One of the best things about these interactive papers is that you can share them in Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom (or by email) and receive all the answers in one spreadsheet, so you can instantly spot areas of strength and difficulty within a group. An amazing resource!

2. Miss Garcia (@MissGarciaMFL1)

Total Likes & Retweets: 227

In at number 2 this week is Miss Garcia. She's shared a range of free-to-download Conti-esque sentence builders in Spanish, covering environment & global issues, free-time & technology, healthy living, and jobs & future plans. Enjoy!

1. Sabina Seidel (@TheIdealTeacher)

Total Likes & Retweets: 372

And in at number 1 this week is Sabina Seidel, with a super helpful illustration of the complex German school system! She makes it very clear in the comments that she didn't design it herself, but it is still an absolutely fantastic resource for all German teachers. If German isn't your language, make sure you share it with your colleagues who do. They'll thank you!

(If anyone knows who the illustrator is, do please let me know so I can credit them here.)

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So there we have it! Out of the 740 tweets posted with the #mfltwitterati hashtag this week, these were the top 10 - ranked by the total number of likes and retweets received.

As always, thank you for reading this post. Please keep sharing these wonderful ideas with your team or learning area, and here's to a great final week of remote learning!


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