Have you ever eaten this little fruit?

Have you ever eaten this little fruit?


What is your favorite prop, gadget or gizmo for teaching MFL?

I asked this question to my fellow MFLTwitterati and here is a list of their responses and mine, of course!

@josephiney83 told me about an App she likes called Bizz Bang https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bang!-boom!-buzzer-countdown/id502450690?mt=8 …  it costs 69p and could give any MF teacher hours of fun. Use their buzzer sound effects or even record your own. Great for target language practice too.

I use a box of 30 small cuddly toys. I used them for pairs to pass to each other to chant verb endings, or vocab items or Q and A. I gathered the toys from various small children I have.known! The whole class is in pairs. One has the toy and passes it to their partner and asks   

their partner, for example, “je” and the other person catches the cuddly toy, says the verb ending, or the verb, eg suis allé and throws it back. Allows whole class participation.

I also love my light sabres. See previous post!

Dice – how can you live without them! Lots of different ways to use them

My students know exactly where my prop box is in my room. It’s three big yellow boxes full of toys, dice, bubble blowing stuff, poundland treats, masks, scraps of fabric!

I think really, it is up to you to imagine how and what you can use!!

Introducing new vocabulary

How do you do this, I try to us a variety of different methods, apart form the standard, teacher at the front – flashcard type introduction with a flashcard, prop or powerpoint!


Here are a few suggestions:

1 Use a song – Such as Alors on danse by Maestro – excellent for the GCSE topic about relationships.

  • Play the song – pick out words you recognise
  • Play song again- what is it about , hypothesize.
  • Gap fill the song
  • Have the lyrics typed out but cut into strips, reorder the strips of paper to make the song
  • Sing along to the song – optional, will depend on your group
  • Ask opinions about the song

2. If phonics are secure, give students a list of words and create teaching groups. in fours/threes, select a group teacher and start teaching each other the words in any way they wish.

3. Give students a vocab list to learn for the next lesson

4. Create an Xtranormal video, can students work out the new vocab and therefore learn it.

5. I write my own songs to popular tunes or silly very famous tunes (London’s burning), we sing the song over and over, in rounds, as a competition, with actions, then using the new vocab, write your own second verse!

6. Connect 4 and the target language rule, that students must speak TL at all times. We have a huge four in a row game on the board, all of the phrases in English, with new vocab. We play the game in teams but they cannot win unless they ask the new vocab. They eventually have to ask for the new vocab. We play it a few times, then they play the same game in pairs. 

7. Speed Reading. I prepare a text with new vocab. Students read it in pairs. First I read it to them, then they read it quietly to each other. Then we try to read it as fast as possible to each other. The aim being speed and correct pronunciation. IF they make a mistake they have to start again. I have a class set of bells, and each pair has a bell to ding when a mistake is made and a stop watch to time all readings. After ten minutes they know everything!

8. Each pair has a different text, similar them but different new vocabulary. I make sure I have an even number of pairs!!!  Once they have worked out all vocab they then have to find another pair and teach them their new vocab. If they can teach it, they know it!!




Different ways to introduce new vocabulary

There is the standard, stand at the front, use flash cards/PowerPoint/props to introduce lexical items. However, there are a myriad of other ways you can introduce vocabulary. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Use a song. Alors on Danse, by Maestro, great intro to the GCSe topic of relationships, by playing the song several times and unpicking the vocab it becomes a great