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Are You Looking to Build A Bank of KS3 and KS4 MFL Resources?

Friday 23rd March 2012

Modern Foreign Languages has risen in status following the introduction of the ‘English baccalaureate’ or Ebac as a new GCSE performance measure. As part of this, an A*- C grade pass is required in a modern or ancient language. Without entering into the debate and disquiet that has been expressed over this new measure of secondary school performance, MFL is now affirmed as a key area of the curriculum. So, the purpose of this article is to highlight some of the free teaching resources that may be of use to KS3 and KS4 teachers in secondary schools.

Secondary teachers, or indeed those at primary level who are involved with MFL, should have a look at the range of classroom resources offered by MFL Resources. The site covers many different European languages- Italian, French, German and Spanish- and a variety of topics. Worksheets, lesson activities and other teaching and learning ideas are offered. Moreover, many of these are fully editable so teachers can tailor them to the needs of their classes.

For teachers with Spanish as their specialism, have a look at Espanol Extra. KS3 and KS4 teachers will find a host of online resources to support the teaching and learning of Spanish in the classroom. A particularly interesting aspect of the website is the bank of recommended films, with links to trailers or clips, that can be used to enrich the curriculum or encourage greater engagement with language learning. Examples of teaching and learning activities supported by the use of film are provided in some cases. These may very well inspire secondary teachers into further exploring the power of film to facilitate language learning as well as learning about the Spanish-speaking world.

These websites offer a good starting point for building a bank of teaching resources for MFL and teaching ideas for use in the classroom. They can also be helpful in supplementing current curriculum resources available in school for MFL. 


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