Monday, 15 September 2014

European Day of Languages

September 26th will be European Day of Languages.  Over the last couple of weeks I have been saving a lot of links for it, and so I thought I would share them with you here.  In no particular order:

Monday, 8 September 2014

French and Spanish Pocket Cards

I first started making these a long time ago, but I couldn't find a good way of having them printed or of selling them online.  I started using Sellfy to sell resources online last month and realised that it would also be a good way to sell the Pocket Cards.  

So far I have finished two sets for Spanish and one set for French.  You can find out more here in my Sellfy store.

Samples and two free Pocket Cards are available on my website.

So how can you use the Pocket Cards?  I have laminated them, punched a hole in each (the hole is marked on each Card) and put them on a binder ring.  The idea is that children have the Cards as a reference on their desk to use during the lesson.  You could also stick individual cards into children's books or give them cards for home learning.  The best thing is that they are pocket sized, ideal for any language learners.

Friday, 5 September 2014

LinguaTALK Spanish

I mentioned over a year ago that I was working as an author for Mantra Lingua, the people that brought me the talking pen.  Well I have been writing a Key Stage 2 scheme for Spanish and French, and the Spanish is finished!

LinguaTALK Spanish is a series of 31 sound-enabled charts, whose sound you play using the PENpal, the successor of my original talking pen.  It's fully new-curriculum-compliant and is ideal for the non-specialist KS2 teacher as well as KS3 teachers who have Year 7s at lots of different levels.  Here's a little clip of one of the charts in action:

Each chart has a presentation layer, where teachers and children can listen to the new vocabulary and structures and practise them together.  Then each of them has "game layers" built in, which can be used with the whole class, or children can use them individually, in pairs or small groups.  It's something that children can use at any time, so useful when time on the timetable is at a premium.

All the Spanish is spoken by native speakers, so it's ideal for the "pronunciation and intonation" part of the new curriculum.  It also starts children off with reading and writing, building them up from simple word level to short texts at the end.  There is a Phonics chart, as well as two charts with information about Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.

The pack also contains an interactive whiteboard version of the charts, the software and paper with which to make talking minibooks and flashcards, and a sound-enabled bilingual dictionary.

I'm really pleased with the result - there's nothing quite like it on the market, and I hope you like it.