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Millie in London

Noche de Alacarnes

Teacher’s Resources (Primary Languages)

100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom

Es Español

Playing Together


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Millie in London

Publisher: Fischer Schatzingel, 2002

ISBN: 3-5968-0366-7

Millie and her family take a holiday in London. Millie experiences being in a country which speaks a different language, being a tourist and staying in a luxury hotel. She has an encounter with a pigeon, rides the top deck of a double-decker bus and she and her sister wander out into the hotel from their bedroom one night.

The author cleverly gets right down to the point of view of the young child. Millie makes all the exciting discoveries and little mistakes which are normal for the pre-school child. This book can be enjoyed by young childen and their parents. There is one snag. It is written in German. However, it is very readable for anyone who has a good grade at GCSE. The short chapters – which are mini-stories in themselves, also help here.

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Noche de Alacarnes

Author: Alfredo Gómez Cerda

Publisher: SM 2005

ISBN: 8-4348-4431-1

Catalina, (Delgadina), now an old woman, cannot sleep. She has had an exciting day. She went to talk to some secondary school children about her life as a guerrilla, hunted in those days by Franco’s guards. Now she is revered by her audience and by us, her readers.

An old biscuit tin becomes a leit-motif for us, as she shuffles through its contents which tell what happened to her. A highly romantic story is set before us.

We are given vivid images of what the aftermath of the Spanish civil war was like for people such as Catalina and her family. We experience the sights, the sounds and the smells through Cerda’s text. More than this we feel the fear.

The Spanish in this is quite hard to read, so students tackling it should be up to AS level at least.

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Teacher’s Resources (Primary Languages)

100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom

Author: Sue Cave

Publisher: Brilliant Publications 2006

ISBN: 1-9038-5398-2

There are actually 137 ideas, in groups for Flashcards, Puppets and Soft Toys, Realia, Balls, Beanbags and Dice, Get up and Move, Interactive Whiteboard, and Creativity and Imagination. Each chapter is sub-divided into activities which promote oracy and those which promote literacy. Sue Cave, the author, has put together these games which she has found work well with young learners.

Many of the games and suggestions in this little gem of a book will be familiar to all of the teachers consulting it. However, not all of the teachers will know all of the games, so it becomes useful because it introduces you to some new ideas or reminds you of some you have forgotten.

This is a valuable resource for primary language teachers and could also be useful in KS3. It should sit on the bookshelf of the teacher in charge of MFL provision and should be consulted as schemes of works are planned.

Recommended: Teachers of KS1, KS2 and KS3 MFL

RRP: £13.00

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Es Español

Authors: Kathy Williams and Beatriz Rubio

Publisher: Brilliant Publication 2006

ISBN: 1-9038-5364-8

This is a complete course for beginners in Spanish at primary level. There are comprehensive notes for the teacher, photocopiable sheets, an accompanying CD and a complete vocabulary at the back of the resource. It follows the National Curriculum and QCA guidelines well and covers introductions, classroom vocabulary, days of the week, seasons, numbers up to 100, the home, birthdays, countries, animals, the family, holidays, daily routine, food and drink, sports, clothing and town. Grammar is introduced clearly on a need-to-know basis.

The explanations of the methodology are very clear and there are many supplementary activities suggested. There is a clear progression thought the topics. Lesson planning is made easy for the hard=pressed class teacher. The teacher also has the choice of giving a brief introduction to each topic or going into greater depth, depending on the amount of time available.

This is a really useful, tidily packaged course for teachers in KS2. It might also be useful for parents wishing to work on Spanish with their children.

Recommended: Teachers and parents of KS2 students.

RRP: £33.00

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Playing Together

This is a series of four books:

Giochiamo Tutti Insieme (Itallian) by Kathy Williams

Jouons tous ensemble (French) by Kathy Williams

Juguemos Todos Juntos (Spanish) by Kathy Williams and Betriz Rubio

Wir Spielen Zusammen (German) by Kathy Williams and Amanda Doyle

Each book contains twenty games, divided into those involving speech and actions, those involving writing and spelling and those involving cards, boards, speech and writing. Each game is described carefully and a list of vocabulary is given. Where necessary, photopiable sheets are supplied.

The games will provide pupils with lots of fun which will reinforce key areas of language. The games cleverly allow the student to forget that they are learning as they become absorbed in the activity. There is plenty of support also for the less confident teacher.

This is a useful addition to the language departments in KS2 and KS3, and should be consulted when planning schemes of work. Parents who wish to help their children learn the language may also find this useful.

Recommended: Teachers and parents of KS2 and KS3 students

Publisher: Brilliant Publications 2006

RRP: £16.00

Giochiamo Tutti Insieme

ISBN: 1-9038-5396-6

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Jouons tous ensemble

ISBN: 1-9038-5381-8

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Juguemos Todos Juntos

ISBN: 1-9038-5395-8

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Wir Spielen Zusammen

ISBN: 1-9038-5397-4

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