I have been asked to do some school CPD on differentitation, So I thought I would think about MFL lessons first, always the easiest thing to focus on and dare I say it the best. I have thought about my own lessons, how do I differentiate and do I do it effectively or enough?
What do I do?
I differentiate down
- create different, less dense worksheets on the same theme and skill but ever so slightly easier, less detail, fewer connectives and quantifiers in a reading task for example
- for a year 10 student doing full course GCSE I give her a laminated sheet with the alphabet on so that she can access a dictionary and then I give her a list of words with three options next to it, Eg dog = 1. chat 2.chien 3.chein, she has to find the correct one in the dictionary
- I direct differentiated questions at students
- I peer sit students so that less able students have a more able partner to support them (but does this support the more able?)
- I provide writing frames
- I provide larger font and different coloured worksheets
- I provide key phrases which has vocab to be changed which is underlined
- de chunk longer texts – take out the subordiante clauses and extra details
I shall research this further
I found this website usefull and thanks langwitch for some advice 🙂
In my Spanish Christmas lessons, I sang and I told the students about the Three Kings, but I wnanted another more exciting tradition to teach the students about in year 7. So I searched the Internet, asked the MFL Twitteratti and this is what I managed to find. A Caga tío. This turns out to be a rather rude little fellow, who poops out his gifts to the lucky well behaved Spanish children from Catalonia. So I decided to make Caga tíos with my class and we had a great time. I produced a powerpoint and we learnt the song. This is the youtube clip I used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFXtHrKdKWI.I have attached some pictures to look at too. We also ate some uvas de suerte which we made too.
This is what my lollipop sticks look like
Lollipop Sticks, I asked myself how could I use tHem in a languages lesson during a browse round Hobbycraft. The plan came to me and I devised a game I have already used with screwed up paper, maybe the lollipop sticks will make it a bit more permanent. I numbered each stick in English. I then numbered each of my class lists on an excel spreadsheet with their number next to them in the TL. For example, Maggie Smith = quatre/vier/cuatro. When I ask for a hot seat style task I shall pull a lollipop stick out of the pot and the student with the correct number will answer the question. If he/she needs help, then they can pull out another lollipop stick to see if that person can answer the question. A good way to do assessment for learning and a more exciting plenary task than the simple “do you get it?”!