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Textbook recommendations for KS3 French

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by ikerr, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. ikerr

    ikerr New commenter

    My department is looking at textbooks for KS3 French. We are with the CCEA examination board so if there is anyone in NI in particular who can give me a recommendation, I'd be very grateful. Thanks.
  2. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    It's a sad state of affairs when you are choosing your KS3 resources based on which board's exams they will take at the end of KS4. Very sad.
  3. Bungie

    Bungie New commenter

    "It's a sad state of affairs when you are choosing your KS3 resources based on which board's exams they will take at the end of KS4. Very sad."
    Not sad at all - just being professional and planning in advance, so as to maximize your students' chances of success in crucial examinations.
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  4. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    Whilst I appreciate that schools and teachers are so judged by results that this is a natural progression in British education, the fact that teaching to the test is now sooo ingrained that it starts in KS3 (or earlier) for an end of KS4 exam - I'm afraid that I do find that very very sad.

    We really have lost our way as a nation.
  5. ikerr

    ikerr New commenter

    As a NQT, I started this thread looking for help and support from more experienced teachers. It's a sad state of affairs when I'm immediately criticised. Very sad.
  6. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    The criticism wasn't meant to be personal, I apologize. It was meant to be a shot at the current state of affairs.
  7. ikerr

    ikerr New commenter

    What textbook would you recommend for KS3 French with lower ability classes?
  8. jt15

    jt15 New commenter

    Hi ikerr. Perfectly sensible question. We use the Studio books at KS3, with higher and foundation versions in Years 8 and 9. Also the online 'Active Teach' versions of the books with tonnes of extra content. We're very happy with Studio so far. (We're in England and use Edexcel at KS4). If you're on Facebook, try joining the 'Secondary MFL Matters' group - you will get lots of opinions and recommendations there.
    ikerr likes this.
  9. ikerr

    ikerr New commenter

    Thank you for the recommendation, jt15.
  10. karaka

    karaka New commenter

    I use Studio too, with active teach.
    On Facebook, join the MFL Teachers Lounge. Very inclusive.
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  11. ikerr

    ikerr New commenter

    Thank you, karaka.

    Has anyone used both Studio and Expo? How do they compare?
  12. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

  13. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    We use Acces Studio (+ online version) with upper primary pupils so I would reckon it would be ideal for lower ability KS3. S1 (Year7) pupils use Studio.
  14. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    We use Studio with KS3 classes. We like it, but I do find that some of the examinations included with the course need reviewing/editing. Occasionally, I find that the exam questions (in the exams that are provided with the course) are sometimes inaccessible (e.g. listen to a longish paragraph and put six activities in the order that they are done is too challenging and not good practice for GCSE). There are lots of extra resources with this course that we have used with success. Expect to produce additional resources to be able to differentiate the activities in the textbook. We have the older generation of the course which means that we could buy a front of class resource (ActiveTeach) as a one off purchase. This has now been replaced by an annual subscription.
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  15. kate1tom

    kate1tom New commenter

    I am looking for the same at the moment - our Expo books just aren't cutting it with a two-year KS3. However, I hate the way Studio just jumps around and is soooo random!! And you would have to buy the access Studio because Studio 1 doesn't do any of the basics, from what I can see. I hated it when I used Studio before (old spec) and I can see that it hasn't improved in that respect. Others seem to like it though. I think I am going to go with Dynamo...

    Just to add my five pence worth, JL48 really wasn't criticising you, if you have been teaching for over ten years, you remember the time when there was more "learning for learning's sake" and less "teach to the exam" which is far less fun or inspirational for the students. It is indeed a sad state of affairs when we are already thinking about their GCSE in Year 7 but that is because the GCSE is SO HARD! That is to say, it is all Gove's fault!
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  16. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    Dynamo 1 is brilliant for Y7. I'm hoping they bring out Dynamo 2 soon
    Happygopolitely likes this.
  17. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    I really like Allez. Lots of differentiated materials on Kerboodle.
    Idiomas11 and Happygopolitely like this.

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