Most of these comments bring back great memories. My 1st encounter with French was in 1967, a north east grammar school, as a 1st year kid. It centred around La famille Duroc..but can't remember name of the book! For German Sprich mal deutsch and Russon...used to love that. Really challenged you and would sit for ages trying to get a good translation. And of course all the picture stories we regularly had to do. At Uni I was taught by 2 Whitmarshes.. Ann Whitmarsh while I was doing my degree and then her husband Guy Whitmarsh at Warwick when I was doing the PGCE. He must have been the grandson I think. We did chat about the Whitmarsh series of grammar books, a lot of which I have still and great reference material Working as a MFL teacher I think I've used most courses (well it has been 32 years) and it's always book 3 for year 9 that seems to lose the impetus. All the good stuff done in years 7 and 8 just seems to go limp in year 9.