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Late starters in MFL

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Maryja, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Maryja

    Maryja New commenter

    For MFL leads: how does your school handle the issue of late starters in MFL, or is it an issue for you at all? That is, a pupil starts in Y8 who hasn't done any MFL (homeschool or other background?)
  2. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    It depends on the pupil's ability. If they are reasonably bright give them a copy of the year 7 book as well as year 8 one . Give them year 7 worksheets and work books. Tell them they can join in the year 8 lesson and when it gets too hard they are to work through the year 7material. They can attempt all of the year 8 stuff if they want. Assessment wise you can give them both assessments or whichever one they are happy with. Pair them with a native speaker if you have one in the group. Let them join in the year 8 games and stress that they are to learn material that is new with the rest of the group. If the pupil is very weak overall you might investigate some kind of support.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    What language is it? Use it as a chance to refresh phonics (sound/spelling patterns) for everybody in the class. It's probably the most important thing to sort out if they are going to go straight into the Year 8 lessons.
  4. Maryja

    Maryja New commenter

    Thank you both. This is very helpful.
  5. Maryja

    Maryja New commenter

    It's French.
  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    For me it would depend on the self regulation of the student. If they are the sort that will work hard on it in their own time then not an issue.
  7. Maryja

    Maryja New commenter

    Agreed. It’s more the teacher I am looking to support here, with ideas and resources to assist. I think it’s only a real problem when a student has other learning needs or is perhaps struggling with workload/several languages. Thanks for the help, everyone- if anyone thinks of any other hints, I’d be grateful

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