Timed Translations

With the translation aspect of the new GCSE, I am weaning students off dictionaries!  Now, with Year 11, I give them a certain amount of time (maybe the Countdown 30 seconds if it's just a sentence) … [Read more...]

Fashion Show

This is one I have been doing for 20 years and it's always fun.  I get the students to prepare a little fashion show to practise adjectival endings.  There is a great interactive activity on the … [Read more...]

Speaking support

close book

My students like to have notes when they are doing speaking work.  In order to wean them off their notes, I have done a variation of speed dating speaking where they practise the questions with … [Read more...]

Storyboard

storyboard

I read an interesting article in Teach Secondary magazine by Alison Davies which reminded me of the usefulness of storyboards.  These can be used to demonstrate comprehension of a story and give … [Read more...]

Family Fortunes

family fortunes

This is an idea which I first saw at a German GCSE course by Phillip Allan Updates.  In the TV quiz game, contestants are asked questions that have been put to 100 people.  They have to find the top … [Read more...]