Teaching

These are simple links to other websites and small summaries of activities or materials that people have developed themselves or have found useful to pass on to others. Please help us build the collection. If you have anything that you would like to share that might be useful for foreign language teaching or research in primary schools, do please get in touch.

Cave Languages

Check out the ‘Sharing Good Practice’ area of Sue Cave’s Cave Languages website – useful for teachers: resources to download on assessment, policies and teaching and learning. In addition, Sue posts on this page links to interesting information, resources and sites and a monthly update about what is happening in the world of primary languages.

Reports on recent conferences attended by RiPL members. If you have attended an event or conference of interest to our RiPL Network, by all means send us a short report. It’s helpful to everyone to know just what is going on in the field of primary language learning.

A collection of research studies on foreign or second language in the classroom.  Themes include English as an additional language, English as a second or foreign language, French as a modern foreign language, and content and language integrated learning (CLIL). 

IRIS is a repository of data collection materials which aims to improve the openness and replicability of research, thereby increasing opportunities for research. IRIS now holds over 3,200 materials and has had over 18,700 downloads from students, teachers and researchers. 

OASIS (Open Accessible Summaries in Language Studies) initiative aims to make research findings on language learning and teaching available and accessible to a wide audience. Check it out! We have summaries of articles on language teaching in primary schools here on RiPL, but OASIS have a range from all research fields.

Grammar teaching is perceived to be a substantial challenge and many FL teachers in the UK would like more digital resources for grammar teaching. Click here to see a presentation on the design and evaluation of a new digital game. The game uses ‘Form-Meaning Mapping’, that is listening/reading activities designed to focus attention on the grammatical form and its meaning, and teaches verb inflections (tense, number) in French. Findings were very encouraging and show the potential of digital games, informed by learning theory, for facilitating explicit grammar learning at primary level.

An article in The Conversation, an independent online magazine featuring articles sourced from the academic and research community written for a general audience.

The Primary French Project from the Instut Français provides free teaching materials that aim to train all who teach French at KS2.  Suitable for all practitioners, including those who have no prior knowledge of the language, and also specialist linguists who are new to teaching children in KS2.

Light Bulb Languages has over 6000 free resources for teachers of languages in all key stages.  For teachers of languages in primary schools there is a comprehensive scheme of work for French, which includes detailed lesson plans and all resources, and there is also a series of upskilling podcasts to support non-specialist teachers.  There are also hundreds of resources for primary Spanish, as well as some resources for German, Italian and Latin.

At nattalingo.co.uk, you can access free book recommendations from Nathalie who specialises in the use of picture books in language teaching. Every week, Nathalie chooses a story and adds to her book blog : she tells you about the story and how you may exploit it with your pupils. She also records a short monthly podcast aimed at supporting primary languages practitioners on a variety of topics. Do tune in!

A group of primary foreign language researchers and teachers who are collaborating to design, implement and evaluate foreign language teaching resources. Like RiPL, they are committed to raising the profile of primary foreign languages, and to supporting schools to meet the challenges of the Primary National
Curriculum. 

The Language Magician is a computer game for assessing language learning in the primary school. It has been developed as part of a European partnership, funded by Erasmus+, led by the Goethe Institute and involving partners from four European countries. The game is available at two levels of difficulty: Level 1, suitable for use after 50 to 70 hours of instruction; Level 2, after 70 to 100 hours of instruction. It is available in English, German, Italian, Spanish and French.

The Spanish Embassy offers a wealth of authentic and fun resources. New Primary Spanish Guidelines – Primeros pasos is a teaching guide for learning Spanish at Primary level in both Spanish and English. These are a general guide which will assist with any MFL teaching. Primary teaching materials on offer are listed in this PDF download, supplied by Jesús Manuel Hernández González, Spanish Embassy Education Office.

The Embassy has also developed a Moodle Platform where teachers can not only download activities and resources but are able to share ideas and materials with others. This is a free tool and access to the site will be given once teachers have registered a few basic details.

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