MFL teaching has faced a number of difficulties over the past years - I think we all agree on that. Numbers of GCSE and A Level candidates are in decline. New KS3 guidelines have focused on skills, intercultural understanding, maintaining motivation etc. Based on my own teaching, I have to say that I found students react extremely well to focusing on the content level; choosing longer texts right from the start, avoiding to teach single items of vocabulary and, basically, tailoring the SoL to the interests and needs of the respective age group; rather than finding the whizziest activities finding something students are genuinely interested in. While I find it extremely important to teach the basics like pets, family members etc, this is not necessarily what students want to learn for an entire year in year 7. I also feel that most stduents feel they do not progress enough.By reading longer texts -even in year 7- students realise their potential and once they see that they can learn a language well it is easier to keep them motivated. It is surprising what kind of language students can understand and use. Motivation and enjoyment comes with achievment. Of course most teachers use authentic materials - but mostlly at GCSE/ A2. I would like to exchange ideas on how to make use of the content level at a much earlier stage. I would very much like to exchange ideas with other teachers who feel they would like to focus more on content. How could SoLs be adapted? What are students really interested in and which resources could we use? How can the language itself be in the center again? I am based in London and I thought thatit would be great if there were any other people based in the area if we could have a kind of work group, exchanging ideas etc.