Mind your Languages, A Love of Languages, Lost for Words and Points Mean Prizes are the latest offerings for MFL teachers from Teachers TV. Taken from the Inspirations, School Matters and Teaching with Bayley series, the programmes describe exciting work from both the primary and secondary sector.
Mind your Languages is an outstanding tribute to the success of early language learning. The programme describes how pupils at Greenhill Primary School in Sheffield learn a range of languages from French, German, Italian and Spanish. Helped by native speakers and class teachers, the pupils adopt an oral/aural approach in the form of speaking and singing. The multilingual ethos of the school has been embedded across the curriculum motivating pupils and teachers alike. Everyone’s enthusiasm is blatantly clear even for those teachers who were initially apprehensive about teaching languages.
A Love of Languages gives us an insight into the fascinating work of Mike Ullmann, winner of The Guardian Award for Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2005. Hockerill Anglo European Language College in Bishop's Stortford. The programme demonstrates how he and his colleagues have transformed the ‘struggling school to a showcase institution at the forefront of language teaching in the UK’.
Lost for Words discusses the supposed crisis facing the teaching of MFL since the government decided to make it non-compulsory at KS4. The programme looks at language teaching at primary and secondary level, including transition in MFL from KS2 to KS3.
Watch out for Sinbad, a French national who has thirty minutes to try and find someone in Birmingham town centre to give him directions to the nearest train station in French. Lost indeed!
Points Means Prizes is one of the latest programmes from one of the most popular series on Teachers TV, Teaching with Bayley. Mirella Jerez-Rios, Spanish teacher and The Teacher Training Agency Award for Outstanding New Teacher in South East of England 2005 shows how competitive games and a sense of humour can motivate her pupils at Hove Park Upper School in Brighton. Watch the programme and find out how to play such Jerez-Rios originals as Star Game, Pass the Envelope, or Spanish Catch. You could find like Mirella that your pupils enjoy the games so much they forget they are learning.
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