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10. Miss Simpson (@MissSimpsonMFL)

Total Likes & Retweets: 87

Kicking us off this week at number 10 is Miss Simpson. She's shared a photo of the department displays that she started before half-term. Her displays tell students and visitors alike about the journey that MFL students take within the school (for both French and Spanish), before going on to suggest where languages could take students next!

9. Swavesey MFL (@mfl_swavesey)

Total Likes & Retweets: 88

At number 9 this week is the ever-generous MFL department from Swavesey Village College in Cambridgeshire. The team shared a map of some of the different names of French pastries eaten to celebrate Mardi Gras in France. Print it out for your displays after lockdown, and bring some (tasty) cultural capital into the classroom. Bon appétit!

8. Nadim Cham (@nadim_MFL)

Total Likes & Retweets: 95

In at number 8 this week is Nadim Cham. He's shared a whopping 330 lesson slides, all aligned to the popular KS3 French textbook Studio 1 (Modules 1, 2 and 3).

He notes that he has "fully Contified" his resources by adapting all his slides to follow the MARS-EARS learning path (Modelling; Awareness-raising; Receptive processing; Structured production; Expansion; Autonomy; Routinisation; Spontaneity) towards independent language use.

Not only is this a hugely generous offering, but all of his resources are neatly organised in a Google Drive folder for easy access. Nadim credits Gianfranco Conti in his tweet, but also thanks anyone else whose templates he might have used. Thanks for sharing, Nadim!

7. Charlotte Ryland (@charlotteryland)

Total Likes & Retweets: 98

In at number 7 this week is Charlotte Ryland, director of the Stephen Spender Trust and founder of the Oxford University-Queen's College Translation Exchange.

Registrations will open next week for the Stephen Spender Prize - an annual, free-to-enter poetry translation competition with a top prize of £1,000. Students will be able to enter their original translations into the under-14, under-16 or under-18 categories.

From Monday, any teachers who register an interest to involve their students will receive regular resources and activities to integrate creative translation tasks into their teaching.

6. S.Gravina (@simograv)

Total Likes & Retweets: 100

In at number 6 this week is S.Gravina. She's shared an example of a receptive skills task (listening and comprehension via YouTube) which she plans to do with her students. Students must watch a video clip and tick each of the sentences if they hear them.

5. Biccy Fudge (@BiccyF)

Total Likes & Retweets: 117

In at number 5 this week is Biccy Fudge. She's shared some examples of writing activities - inspired by Gianfranco Conti - to motivate students in KS3 (and beyond). These activities are especially useful for remote learning, as students can't rely on Google Translate to do them.

4. Lewis Rees (@lewizrs)

Total Likes & Retweets: 230

In at number 4 this week is Lewis Rees. He's shared the daily 10-minute news compilation from Spanish broadcaster TVE. The summary is uploaded to YouTube daily, so it's great - as Lewis points out - for keeping up subject knowledge, regardless of the level you teach!

3. Blaine Pike (@blainepike)

Total Likes & Retweets: 269

In what is probably the most meta entry in this week's chart, the number 3 tweet is from yours truly. To allow MFL teachers to enjoy their half term holidays - and to prevent anyone from having to do any lesson planning during the holidays - I categorised 1,926 complete MFL lesson plans (all of which had been shared by the community) in one place!

2. MrBCurrier (@MrBCurrier)

Total Likes & Retweets: 282

In at number 2 this week is MrBCurrier. He's recently bought the English, Spanish, French and German editions of the beautiful and best-selling Charlie Mackesy book "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" (currently #2 on the Amazon UK book charts). He's going to be sharing the messages from these books with his students! If you haven't read it yet, you can pick up your own copy from Amazon (and/or get it on your Kindle) from the following links: [English] [Spanish] [French] [German]

1. Miss McKerr (@MissMcKerrMFL)

Total Likes & Retweets: 805

And in at number 1 this week is Miss McKerr, who's probably shared one of the most useful applications of VR for MFL that I've seen! The website "Drive & Listen" lets you pick a place somewhere in the world, and then treats you to a local live radio station feed as you are driven on a tour of the area (in high-quality video!) Lockdown? What lockdown!

Students of German can enjoy tours of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich and Lauterbrunnen. Students of Spanish can enjoy tours of Madrid and Barcelona, and students of French can enjoy tours of Paris and Nice - all while listening to authentic local radio stations.

"Drive & Listen" is a great way to inspire MFL students and introduce more cultural capital!

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So there we have it! Out of the 565 tweets posted with the #mfltwitterati hashtag this week, these were the top 10 (based on the total number of likes and retweets received).

As ever, thank you for reading! Please keep sharing these wonderful ideas with your team and/or trust, and I wish you all a wonderful first week back!


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