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Contradictory Interview lesson - HELP!!

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by carrottop88, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Hi all,
    Hope you are enjoying your weekends.
    I am in a bit of a pickle! I'm a PGCE MFL student and have been invited for an interview next week. I've done all of my research (poring over OFSTED reports, looking at how the MFL dept is set up at the school etc) and understand that Spanish (my specialism) is not offered at KS3 but in Year 9 students do an immersion-type course where they are prepared to take a GCSE should they want to as one of their option choices.
    On receiving my letter in the post today I've been told I must deliver a 20-25 minute lesson to a mixed ability class of year 8s on a topic of my choice.
    I'm thinking of covering clothes/school uniform but am wondering how on earth to even begin going about it as all I am thinking is that the students are going to have no baseline of knowledge for me to work on.
    I've thought about maybe taking in some realia and doing some choral repetition of clothes vocab followed by a worksheet where they must write down the English next to pictures of clothes (that we will have already covered in the choral repetition) then supplying some role-play speaking cards where students must complete a dialogue (key words such as llevo and ¿qué llevas? to be supplied on a ppt. slide) and as a plenary students must use post-it notes to write down as many words in Spanish as they have learned. I can then take their suggestions and test their knowledge in English - bringing it all together.
    Therefore, suggestions on my mini-plan would be greatly appreciated (especially on how I can differentiate throughout) and some reassurance that I will not be teaching students who have absolutely no Spanish!
    Thanks in advance.
    A very hopeful student teacher!!
  2. Congratulations on your interview!

    I am not a Spanish specialist so I'm not quite sure which topic you should chose - perhaps the one with the most cognates. A nice starter could be to show the class a list of Spanish words and ask them how many they can "work out", telling them they must tell you how they did it (looks like English or another language for example).

    I like the ideas for differentiation already suggested.

    Good luck, let us know how you get on :)
  3. Thanks for all the support on here - really nice to see! I've tweaked my plan a little and have found an excellent timer on the internet to ensure that tasks don't overrun. You basically set the time and then a bomb goes off, I'm not sure if it has sound but it definitely works as a timer and can be displayed on the smart board. Thought I would share as a thank you for all of the advice.

    I like the idea about introducing the cognates as a starter but have decided on a cultural-ish starter where they come up with typical Spanish foods and have noted in the plan I intend on doing that so as not to overwhelm a class that will probably be quite nervous because they have no Spanish whatsoever and a new teacher is taking them for a part of the lesson.

    However, I've taken your advice on board for the choral repetition and will ask students what certain cognates sound like and how we know what these mean without knowing Spanish etc etc.

    Does anyone have any tips on successful choral repetition? Usually I go on my instincts and repeat those that students have difficulties pronouncing but is there any "best practice" choral repetition that I can really wow my observers with? I was thinking of introducing them loudly, quietly etc and then gradually using Target Language to ask "What is that in Spanish?" whilst displaying the flashcard. What does anyone think of that idea?

    Replies appreciated!
  4. henriette

    henriette New commenter

    Again, I'm not a Hispanist (purely French these days) but I find that focusing on the vowels works in Choral repetition in French as they are so very different: I have a feeling that the vowels might be easier in Spanish and pure consonants or doubled consonants might be tough for the class, in which case I would concentrate on these.

  5. Thanks Henriette, I'll bear that in mind!
    Will update you all on the outcome tomorrow.

    Buenas noches xxx
  6. noemie

    noemie Occasional commenter

    Wow, I've been using that timer website for months and never even noticed that it had different options! I like the egg-timer too.
    Good luck, fingers crossed crossed crossed!
  7. Hi guyssss,

    Sorry for the delay, had a very hectic week and a bereavement on top.

    Unfortunately I didn't get the job, I lout out to someone who is NQT + 2 but never mind, it's all experience under my belt.

    Thanks to everyone for the advice, though. It;s appreciated and they did say my lesson was good w/ outstanding features..so I can't be going too far wrong!

  8. Muchas gracias chicas :)

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