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Need learning German advice for my son

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by Muttley_in_the_Midlands, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. Muttley_in_the_Midlands

    Muttley_in_the_Midlands New commenter

    My son is almost 6 and about to move to a new school, where they have been learning German daily (!) since Reception. He is about to start Year 2. The school have offered no advice at all about how to start to bridge this gap - another (!) needed - which I am pretty miffed about.

    Luckily I am a pretty nifty German speaker and my husband's German vocab is very good. We haven't spoken enough German to him consistently though so he only knows a few words.

    Please can someone give me some advice as to what I might do with him over the next few weeks. I wondered about getting the Muzzy programme, which is very expensive but looks like it's DVDs so might hold his attention better than my efforts!

    If you can point me in the direction of any resources I would be grateful. I am not MFL or Primary so I feel rather clueless!
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Firstly, stop stressing! Most good Primaries make Primary Languages more about having fun with language lots of games, stories, songs etc and honestly they won't have covered masses of 'content
    To quote a well known language advisor, one of the tenets of good Primary language teaching 'is always 'do a lot with a little' so that core structures are really
    drilled along with concepts such as gender, word order, adjectival
    agreement etc. rather than accumulating more and more vocab on a
    superficial level which can happen if the SoW doesn't spiral and revisit
    .' The quote related specifically to non-specialists but applies to all PMFL.
  3. Muttley_in_the_Midlands

    Muttley_in_the_Midlands New commenter

    Yes I see what you are saying but... I was wondering where to start and what to do - colours? numbers? animals? Colour in drei roter Apfeln etc (I may have the ending incorrect even, so much for my "nifty German" ha ha!).

    It's fine saying to really drill core structures but I don't know how! They do German every day and will also do other lessons entirely in German eg. art and science - so it says in the handbook. Flippin heck! I don't know any songs or games in German, the best I can do is the Haribo advert!
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I wonder if the school is a well-known one where the children learn German from an early age- fee-paying in Eastern England? Don't want to be too specific on a public website, but if it's who I am thinking of she regularly uses a 'snail' puppet and has an obvious German name, is very approachable and won't worry about having to help your son catch up.
    Btw, Art using German I can understand -but Science?
    You might like to look at this site: http://www.ukgermanconnection.org/kids-home-uk and I think it's the mama lisa site which has lots of songs.
  5. musiclover1

    musiclover1 New commenter

    PLEASE don't worry because your child will pick up on that.
    He'll catch up with the other children in no time - he's unlikely to be the only pupil ever joining the school late.
    Our local private school teaches German from the age of 3, and they have new pupils joining every year. It's about acquainting pupils with the language, not about making them fluent like native speakers.
    Having said that, the Muzzy looks good, and I think you can have the stuff free for a month and send it back if it turns out you're not actually using it. I had it sent to me at one point, and they were fun little stories on DVD - perhaps not SO fun that the kids would choose to watch it over Peppa Pig, but quite good nevertheless, and practising all the basic vocabulary.
  6. loodle1

    loodle1 Occasional commenter

    Linguascope is great for fun stuff at home. If the school subscribes then pupils are allowed to access it from home-just ask the teacher for the log in details. Viel Glück!

  7. Muttley_in_the_Midlands

    Muttley_in_the_Midlands New commenter

    Thank you everyone.

    I found his Spanish exercise book that he brought home at the end of term and have robbed all the ideas from that so we are doing a little most days. He's actually fairly keen, which is a shock.

    I'm also trying to embed lots of phrases and vocab in daily life in the hope that he will get used to the sounds and some basics like numbers, not to mention all the command words. I'm sure that I need to teach him to understand the German for "F***** for the last time will you sit your backside back down on your chair and get on with your colouring," at some point before September! :)

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