Hi, I've been reading the above posts with interest. I've taught French in a middle school for a couple of years (I'm an English specialist) and not had any problems. Just started at a new school and have 2 year 8 mixed ability classes. One class is fab, having great fun playing bingo etc. The other class can't even get into the room without causing chaos. I've had excellent support from SMT who have informed me that they've had a bad couple of years in French and have been totally turned off. I've planned some great activities for them but can't even get as far as the starter without them playing up. Doesn't help that I'm new and they're trying to push me but need some tips to get them turned back on so that I can show them that my French lessons are fun! Any suggestions for slightly older (if not more mature) learners?