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What's your favourite current online site you use in teaching MFL?

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by roverlei, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. roverlei

    roverlei New commenter

    Hi! I'm trying to help direct my colleagues to some fantastic online teaching resources for MFL. I will admit that I'm scaling back my use of ICT, because, well, we've all got far too much screen time already! When I'm in the ICT suite, I want the best 'bang for my buck', so, what's your favourite FREE site?

    It's only fair I begin: our pupils love using www.quizlet.com because it's competitive and fast!
     
  2. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    Gianfranco Conti has a website which is "a language learning website packed with interactive self-marking activities, games and a verb conjugation trainer":
    http://www.language-gym.com/#/verb-trainer It includes activities for secondary pupils learning French, Spanish, German and Italian.

    If you've not come across it yet, https://gianfrancoconti.wordpress.com is a really useful blog on language teaching/learning in general. The book he's just written with Steve Smith (The Language Teacher Toolkit) is excellent too.

    On the websites below, the 'Beginners' section is suitable for primary children or complete beginners. The 'Intermediate' section is more appropriate to secondary than primary. There are lots of topics, each with tutorials, games and short tests.
    http://www.french-games.net/frenchtopics
    http://www.spanish-games.net/spanishtopics
    http://www.german-games.net/germantopics
    http://www.learn-italian.net/italiantopics
     
  3. roverlei

    roverlei New commenter

    Thanks for a detailed response! Anyone else? :)
     
  4. -myrtille-

    -myrtille- Occasional commenter

    For quizzes - www.kahoot.it (make your own quiz on www.getkahoot.com, pupils answer on www.kahoot.it)

    For pupils to revise at home (but good as a time filler in lessons if you have a random 10 minutes after an exam or something) - www.memrise.com (I've made courses for every module of our SoW).

    For authentic texts and nice video clips for Higher GCSE - www.1jour1actu.fr
    Sometimes I take texts and make comprehension questions based on them. Or otherwise I set it as homework or extension tasks (eg: pick a text on any topic that interests you, summarise in bullet points in English, list 10 new words you learnt).
     
  5. taradh

    taradh New commenter

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  6. shamandalie

    shamandalie New commenter

  7. agathamorse

    agathamorse Occasional commenter

  8. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Agree with memrise - across MFL (including Latin, which is my specialty).....
     
  9. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    @taradh - thanks! Glad you like my website. By the way, new KS3 Spanish resources were posted yesterday. Do have a look. I will be adding listening files for that topic as well. Our FLA recorded some sentences for me to build into the activities.
     
  10. Teafrog79

    Teafrog79 New commenter

  11. -myrtille-

    -myrtille- Occasional commenter

    Wow, brilliant. :)

    Loads of really nice resources for all sorts of different topics. Will definitely help me to make lessons more authentic and engaging in future, without them all being excessively difficult.
     
  12. Idiomas11

    Idiomas11 Occasional commenter

    recently came across Digital Dialects and of course Duolingo for the basics
     
  13. buttongirl

    buttongirl New commenter

    @Teafrog79 @-myrtille- Thanks for sharing my blog (levraidevrai.wordpress.com) and I'm so glad you find it useful! I try to add something new every couple of days if I can - you can also subscribe if you'd like the new additions sent straight to your inbox :)
     
  14. gianfrancoconti1966

    gianfrancoconti1966 Occasional commenter

    Thanks for mentioning the language gym at www.language-gym.com. I have added new fun games to the game room section which focus students on vocabulary, syntax and grammar accuracy. They include: boxing game; bench press; Kung fu grammar and rock climbing. My students love them. A leader board will be integrated in the near future.
     
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  15. BrightonEarly

    BrightonEarly Occasional commenter

    These look really good. I think my pupils will like them as well. I look forward to seeing the other games. Any idea why the pictures flicker? Would this be a problem for people with epilepsy?
     
  16. Jeremyinspain

    Jeremyinspain Occasional commenter

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