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Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Dommi, Jul 20, 2019.
Would any of you be able to share your German knowledge organisers with me? Thank you.
If I knew what a German knowledge organiser was, it might be possible...
Just a fancier name for speaking mats, really. Throw in vocab and some Grammar, make them work independently.
Thanks. I was genuinely at a loss - never heard the term before. We tend to make these sorts of reference sheets chapter specific and quite simple, with mixed vocab and grammar relevant to the topic in whichever book we use.
I may have some more general ones on a memory stick somewhere, and I'll have a look for you over the next few weeks.
I spent my time as an MEL teacher tearing my hair out over the idea that specific grammar should be linked to certain topics. It's an extremely wasteful use of the limited time available to MFL, with very slow progression of grammar and verb tenses as the same structures get used again with the vocab for a new topic.
Years ago we were taken through the grammar in a systematic way from simple to complex, and we built up our own bank of vocabulary (learnt at home) and kept it in our own MFL/English vocab book. A grounding in pronunciation rules meant that we never needed to drill vocabulary in class time. It all made for creative work that was not a re-use of the teacher's spoon-fed sentences. It must have made marking an assessment both interesting and informative as the teacher could see who could actually manipulate language instead of just copying ready-made text.
Many moons ago, on the TES resource base, I posted some topic-based German word knowledge exercises I had compiled for my GCSE candidates using short authentic texts. They're all free.
1. House and home
2. Interests and hobbies
3. Self, family and friends
5. School life