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How to challenge native speakers in the MFL classroom.

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by gabiewg, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. Hi,

    I have a native speaker in my Year 9 Spanish class and his spoken fluency is way beyond that of his classmates. However, I have yet to assess his written language and I am aware that this can often be the weakest skill of native language students.

    I am looking for some ways to continue to stretch him in the classroom and in homework tasks. I would be very grateful for any advice.

    Thank you very much in advance.
  2. msr2015

    msr2015 New commenter

    I find the grammar and translation workbook helpful as native speakers sometimes have difficulty accurately translating (especially where they need to respond to questions in English). I also gave native speakers in the past lots of 150 word bullet point written questions to help to train them to develop answers properly to get full marks.
    Hope this helps!
  3. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    Do you have a school library service? I got my native speakers young adult readers in their home language. They read when they had finished the work.
  4. pascuam49

    pascuam49 New commenter

    You can also get some ideas from the ESO Lengua textbooks or revision guides for ESO (the student will be learning about spelling, punctuation, grammar etc), which will improve his writing skills if s/he continues onto GCSE.
  5. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    These are good ideas.
    Another related pitfall for them is on the listening paper when the questions are in English. In class time they can have past papers in listening and a transcript instead of the actual sound track, the idea being that they need to be clear what the question is asking. They can self mark, but you'll need to talk them through the errors they discover.
    Same for homework, but they can have a go at the actual audio track.

    A more targeted approach is to give them some EAL type training in the question form in English-some can be thrown by the auxilliary verb "to do", which crops up a lot in the reading and listening exams' questions. eg "why does she think this?"
  6. chachapluche

    chachapluche New commenter

    Why not just ask them to write about what they did the night before? Their favourite TV program? What they like best and least about the UK?

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