I've copied this over from the primary forum on the advice of some of the commenters there. Any specialist insight would be very much appreciated! I am an experienced teacher and I teach a year six class in an average primary school - mixed ability, about 30% FSM, some tricky characters but nothing out of the ordinary. My problem is French. Until this year, we had a French teacher who came in every week to teach French to KS2 but she retired in July and now it's taught by class teachers. We use a program called Rigolo. To say my children HATE French lessons would be the understatement of the year. I naively thought that it was the French teacher they didn't like - she was quite old fashioned, very 'chalk and talk' in her approach. But we're now into term two of me teaching them and they're still really resistant to it. They moan and groan when it's timetabled and even the most compliant children behave appallingly! It ends up being a really stressful time for all of us. I sat them down today and invited a frank discussion. I told them that French is a non-negotiable lesson but I'm happy to look at ways to make it more engaging for them. I asked them to tell me what they particularly dislike about it - what came out was that there's too much sitting looking at the whiteboard, it's too hard, it's boring, they don't like speaking (French) in front of each other and, most strongly of all, they don't see the relevance of it for them. Can anyone think of any ways I can regain their interest? What I'm struggling to get past is that French isn't like history for example where I can send them off to find something out - because they don't currently speak much French, I HAVE to spend at least some time at the front teaching them, don't I? Or can I do it differently? Many thanks in advance for any help.