• Blaine Pike

Updated: Jan 31

As voted for by MFL teachers! What are the best games for teaching MFL?

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5. Joe Dale (@joedale)

Joe Dale has shared a recording of the January TiLT "Show & Tell" webinar with us. The webinar is two hours long, so - if you don't have time to watch the whole CPD - here are the speakers, the YouTube links, and their topics:

  1. Esmerelda Salgado (11:00) covers the awesome tool LearningApps (learningapps.org), and explains how to make puzzles, gap fills and lots more. She also covers Genially (genial.ly) for combining resources in one place, and Decktoys (deck.toys) for making games such as MFL escape rooms and speaking activities.

  2. Adeline Moston (39:30) then teaches us how to make listening activities using text-to-speech technology, again using LearningApps (learningapps.org). This includes card games (categorising games, matching games, and labelling games) - all without the need to record any new (or locate any existing!) audio files.

  3. Julia Morris (1:04:00) then covers how to deliver consistent and effective retrieval practice in the classroom, ensuring students are tested on both new and old topics every single lesson. She uses a fantastic home-made spreadsheet which you can edit yourself so that it only includes the language you've taught a specific group. You can then quickly create activities that build only upon the language you've taught so far.

  4. Jerome Nogues (1:32:00) closes the session with tips on how to make lessons for blended learning using Wakelet (wakelet.com). It helps you combine resources into "collections" (which you can build as individual lesson packs). He also provides great hacks for YouTube and Google Sheets, and then tells us how to remove backgrounds from photos for our resources using an awesome site called remove.bg.

4. MrBCurrier (@MrBCurrier)

Mr Currier has been successfully using his year 11s as guinea pigs for a free tool called Spiral. This tool looks like a great way to get instant feedback from an entire class on a single question, similar to the offline "show me your mini whiteboards" in class.

3. Jennifer Beattie (@nowMrsMFL)

In at third place is Jennifer Beattie (@nowMrsMFL) with her interactive classroom version of the new TV show "Winning Combination". This looks like a great way to help students revise language items by units or categories, rather than just individual items.

2. JeNoMFL (@JeNoMFL)

This is brilliant! Jerome Nogues has discovered a free online tool that combines two wonderful things: the BBC Two Monday night quiz show "Only Connect" and GCSE MFL! Immediately playable, instantly fun, and it can be as easy as hard as you choose to make it! Great for revision purposes.

1. Pippa (@MrsWardMFL)

At number 1 is another great example of the "wall" game from Only Connect! For those who aren't fans of the Monday night quiz show on BBC Two, the instructions are included on the left and there is a countdown to make it more exciting. Contestants work in teams on the TV show, but this could easily be used individually. This game could be used with all levels, but it'd be especially helpful for exam revision!

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