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

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. I direct differentiated questions at students
  4. I peer sit students so that less able students have a more able partner to support them (but does this support the more able?)
  5. I provide writing frames
  6. I provide larger font and different coloured worksheets
  7. I provide key phrases which has vocab to be changed which is underlined
  8. 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 🙂



Caga Tío

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 We had our new year party with these grapesyoutube 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.

Lollipop Sticks

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?”!