On 24th August 2019, the festival Red Love will take place in Brittany, celebrating redheaded people. You can find out more on the clevery titled website: 'La vie en rousse – et en roux': https://www.lavieenrousse.fr/actualites/4452-festival-de-roux-... read more
The first minute of this survey video on YouTube (from www.generation-what.francetv.fr) could be a nice starting point for getting AS-level French students to discuss family relationships. First, ask your class to answer the survey question for themselves:... read more
A good website for authentic Spanish reading is www.muyinteresante.com.mx/junior. With articles aimed at children, the environment and technology categories are particularly relevant to GCSE or AS-level students. For a reading homework with more challenge,... read more
With the birth of baby Archie comes the opportunity to read about how our royal family are viewed abroad. This article from www.myheimat.de describes one German politician's gift of a tiny pair of lederhosen for the new royal baby. The familiar content... read more
The video clips on the site www.1jour1actu.com have long been popular with French teachers wanting to make A Level listening more engaging. Although the authentic-speed clips are challenging for learners, the animated videos offer visual clues which support... read more
With revision and exams drawing ever closer, the pressures on both students and teachers start to increase exponentially. I'm sure we can all think of individual students whose mental wellbeing is a real concern, under the pressure to perform or to hit... read more
We've created a worksheet to accompany this article from noticias.universia.es, as a springboard for further discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of going to University. It's a great way to tackle authentic reading, with support, for students... read more
This article from BBC News Mundo ties in perfectly to the topic of technology and social networking. It's packed with percentages so we've created a handy worksheet to help students get to grips with the these social networking trends.
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Following on from the royal wedding celebrations, this clip from Le Chiffroscope offers some authentic listening practice for AS/A level French students on the topic of marriage.
The video is full of facts, figures and trends on the decline of marriage... read more
German figure skaters win gold at the Olympic Winter Games
With the Olympics in full swing, you could use this article about a German medal win for either reading or listening practice. The text can be copied or projected and the audio can be downloaded... read more
Los jugadores de rugby que se entrenan con clases de ballet
Bust some gender stereotypes with this short item from www.bbc.com/mundo about the Wigan Warrior rugby team getting stuck in to ballet classes. The whole article is just five sentences long,... read more
Having broadcast his new year message in the traditional way on TV, the French president Emmanuel Macron also posted a shorter version on Twitter and Facebook. This version is just over one minute long, with French subtitles making it more accessible... read more
Apparently Spanish lottery adverts are as eagerly awaited as the John Lewis Christmas campaigns in the UK. Perhaps this is not surprising as this year's full-length 'anuncio de la lotería' was directed by one of Spain's most famous film directors, Alejandro... read more
Official ceremonies are taking place in Paris today to commemorate the terrorist attacks in the capital two years ago. The website 1jour1actu has published a simple article to summarise what happened and how the victims are being remembered.
Sixth... read more
As we all know, the stress of school can take its toll. Students in Germany are suffering from a range of ailments as a result, from headaches to insomnia.
The online German newspaper www.zeit.de has published an article looking at the impact of school... read more
If you're looking for a German news site that is more accessible for your students, try the simplified news site www.nachrichtenleight.de.
Reading current news headlines in the target language with some existing awareness of what is going on in the... read more
Which three words would you pick to sum up your life and values? It's an interesting question to put to a class, and this interactive quiz from www.enfenenino.com will help you all decide.
Although the way the test results are worded are aimed at women,... read more
If you are studying the topic of technology, your students will love Soprano's double-edged love song to his smart phone: 'Mon précieux'.
You can find the video on YouTube here and the lyrics here. Paste them into Word and create your own cloze listening... read more
We love Zaz's catchy songs, many of which are perfect for use in the MFL classroom. Song lyrics are one way to expose students to authentic texts and if you can get them singing along, so much the better!
We've created a listening resource based around... read more
Anyone who follows the #mfltwitterati on Twitter may have seen an amusing tweet this week from @GeorgiaMugridge about the increasing popularity of Spanish music in the UK. She had just heard someone say on the radio that 'with all these Spanish songs... read more
Relèveriez-vous le défi?
Daredevils among your students may be up for the idea of riding a zipline from the Eiffel Tower. We've created a listening worksheet about the experience to accompany this short clip from the Euronews website. Open for a limited... read more
What are the most sought-after jobs in Spain? We've just published a resource linking to online infographics which will reveal all. The worksheet questions help make the authentic job descriptions more accessible and answers are included.
Who knows?... read more
Do you know your Rockers from your Hip-hoppers? Well, you will, if you share this online festival style quiz from the Spiegel news site with your students. We've designed a simple worksheet to help your class find out more about German music festivals... read more
We've just published a special resource to go with this short animation on the topic of the environment, so if you're looking to make authentic listening more accessible … job done!
Students can get bored with predictable textbook listening tasks and... read more
Tintin has hit the headlines this month, with the launch of the first colour version of 'Tintin au pays des Soviets'. Here's our specially created resource to support your students in reading part of an authentic article about this event on the French... read more
Kids United is a group of five children, aged 9-16, whose cover versions of classic songs are taking France by storm. This talented bunch of kids are also ambassadors for Unicef and have quickly become celebrities.
On the Kids United... read more
The TV5 Monde site offers some interesting resources for language students, with a selection of video clips introducing the lives of four different French speakers.
Each clip comes with a transcript , along with activities for language practice at... read more
The Spanish website, www.muyinteresante.es, has put together this interactive test to see just how much you really know about healthy food. The format of short questions and responses makes this an accessible quiz for students to do individually, in pairs... read more
Six German teenagers, aged from 14 to 17, give their opinions on everything from politics and discrimination to family relationships and technology in this youth survey from Spiegel Online. Scroll to the end of the article to click on the photo of each... read more
Tap into the Pokémon Go craze with this article from Géo Ado about both the appeal and the dangers.
Start by asking students to work in groups against the clock to find all the cognates in the first paragraph of the article, e.g.... read more
How many times do you check your phone every day? Do you panic if you don't have your phone to hand? You might just be suffering from nomophobia!
AS or A level students might just relate to this article about addiction to mobile phones from the site... read more
Thanks to @MFLCorner for highlighting this environmentally-aware song on YouTube: Recyclez!
Using songs can be a really effective way of helping some students memorise key phrases.
Challenge groups to listen to the clip as many... read more
This article from www.thelocal.es is in English but it's such a great way to get students discussing stereotypes that I'm including it here anyway!
Get students to make a list of as many Spanish stereotypes as they can. How do... read more
With the Eurovision Song Contest coming up in May, why not play your class the French entry by Amir? You can find the official video here - it's pretty catchy but will it win your students' vote?
Copy and paste the lyrics from here... read more
If you're studying the holidays or free time topic, this promotional video from SNCF is a great way to expose students to some fast, authentic French in a context which will interest them: Disneyland Paris.
Write the figures listed... read more
Les énergivOres (www.energivores.tv) is a great site for the environment topic, with short, quirky, educational animations on a range of issues. Try the clip entitled 'Les incarnés' (1min 43 secs) to show the true cost of our reliance on meat.
Teaching... read more
This article from Muy Interesante outlining the findings of The Happiness Research Institute (yes, apparently it really exists!) would make a good authentic reading task for AS students.
You could start by asking students to mindmap... read more
This Spanish version of a song from The nightmare before Christmas might be a winner in the last week of term. You can copy and paste the lyrics here to create your own gap fill listening task or simply ask students to count the number of times they... read more
The French news site www.metronews.fr is asking readers to vote for the best cover version of Adele's new single 'Hello'. With a summary of each singer and a version of the song in French by Sara'h, here are some teaching ideas for year 12 students studying... read more
We love these funny anagrams of Paris metro station names from www.thelocal.fr! These could make a fun starter or cultural activity with a twist.
Either print copies of the Paris underground map from here or ask students to find their... read more
Song lyrics are essentially poems and are an engaging way to get authentic literary texts into your lessons. However, it can be hard to find suitable songs, with audible lyrics and appropriate content. Here's a great song from the German artist Xavier... read more
This animated video is a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the stereotypes we may have of the French, from what they wear to what they eat.
Ask students to work in groups to brainstorm what comes to mind as 'typically French' for the... read more
The official video of the group Grand Corps Malade has some fantastic choreography to go with their spoken version of an updated Romeo and Juliette story. Great for AS students covering the relationships topic, but could also be used with younger students... read more
This short cartoon (2 mins 37 secs) is part of Mexico's campaign against smoking and is featured on the site www.familiaysalud.es. It takes a tragicomic approach to the topic of tobacco, which might appeal to students!
Ask students... read more
Tap into the current interest in The Great Bristish Bake Off with this clip from the French version, Le Meillleur Pâtissier. Thanks to @MLMusings for the link. À vos marques, prêts, pâtissez!
As the French is so fast, try getting... read more
There are lots of interesting, authentic resources for the healthy living topic on the Spanish site www.familiaysalud.es (thanks to @icpjones on Twitter for mentioning this source).
You could use the audio recording on the 10 c... read more
This round-up of interesting events in September is based around numbers 12 to 2,340,000,000,000! Bite-sized bits of reading on topical news events are linked to different numbers, making this an engaging task for AS or A level German students.
Teaching... read more
Paris sans voiture? Quelle bonne idée!
27 September will be a 'car-free' day in Paris, and although this restriction will only apply to certain zones, it will certainly make crossing the road in the French capital a lot less stressful. For A level students... read more
This interesting article about the use of household waste to create fuel in the Republic of Cameroon would make good reading for A level groups studying the energy topic.
Ask the students to create a flowchart using an app or a PowerPoint... read more
This article about the healthiest country in Europe is from www.muyinteresante.es and could tie in to the topic of healthy living. Spain may have problems to face, but at least the Spanish have the highest life expectancy in Europe!
Teaching ideas... read more
The summer sales are still underway here in the UK, but not across the channel! France's official website, www.france.fr offers a fascinating insight to many aspects of French life and culture, including fashion. This page dedicated to the summer sales... read more
The Tour de France runs from 4-27 July this year and is an interesting cultural and sporting topic for students to find out more about. As the end of term approaches, why not get students to work in groups and do their own research on the Tour?
Teaching... read more
This short Paris Match story is about two new entries for the Guinness Book of Records with the world's largest surfboard and the most people on a surfboard. It's just one paragraph long and comes with plenty of pictures, making it more accessible for... read more
The Fête de la musique is coming up on 21 June and is a major part of the cultural landscape every year in France. Encourage your students to find out more about it using this list of 10 choses à faire absolument le jour de la #FDLM.
Teaching ideas... read more
The French government anti-bullying site (www.agircontreleharcelementalecole.gouv.fr) has a short film (1 min. 46 secs.) on this topic entitled 'Les injures'. This could be shown to students from KS3-KS5 as the language is marginal to the story and it... read more
This article from the BBC Mundo site highlights a complaint about the model used in the Yves Saint Laurent advert above. AS students studying the health or media topic might find this an interesting starting point for discussion.
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Students can watch a range of German children's TV programmes on www.tivi.de. Here's an idea on how to get them started!
To encourage students to practise reading the programme titles and descriptions, ask them to browse the listings... read more
La Recharge (www.la-recharge.fr) bills itself as 'la première épicerie sans emballages jetables' and would be a great site to use for the environment topic at GCSE or A level. Try setting the questions below as a homework task. For A level students, simply... read more
This article about the possible health risks of using mobile phones is from the Spanish magazine site www.periodismo.com. It could be used as a reading text on health or technology for AS students, or even for KS4 using the more accessible tasks suggested... read more
This article about appropriate school uniform appears in Le Monde and would make a good starting point for discussion with AS or A2 students. Plus, crispation is just such a great word!
Ask AS students to read the first paragraph... read more
The 'Get Germanized' You Tube channel has all kinds of short video clips on a range of German language and and cultural topics. Although the clips are in English, the presenter is German and the content is very accessible for KS3 students. Here are some... read more
The homepage of the Spanish magazine site www.muyinteresante.es has a slider of eight or nine news headlines with pictures, which are regularly updated. These are ideal for a quick translation activity for KS4-5 as a way to make authentic news very accessible.... read more
With Iron Man 3 coming to cinemas at the end of this month, it's a good time to tap into the hype and use the French version of the film trailer. Use this as a fun end to a lesson or tie it into the topic of free time. The suggested task below would make... read more
This article on Germany's need for immigrant workers appears on the Deutsche Weller site (Germany's international broadcaster) and an English summary of it is also available on the site. Both would make good reading material for A2 students working on... read more
This article on emerging technologies appears on the Spanish website www.periodismo.com and could be used in a number of ways with A2 students studying this topic.
Copy and paste the article into Word, removing the bold titles... read more
This short French video clip (1m. 42s.) from www.1jour1actu.com makes a good introduction to gender equality for AS level students. The authentic language is fast but the animation helps illustrate the key ideas. The first 33s. can be played as an introduction... read more
Deutsche Weller, Germany's international broadcaster, has a photo feature on its culture pages about 10 German terms of endearment, with explanations in English. Here's a suggestion on using these 10 words as a vocabulary / thinking skills starter activity... read more
This short video clip (1m. 42s.) from www.1jour1actu.com gives a good overview of why Facebook is not suitable for children. The engaging animation supports comprehension and it could be used effectively with AS French students as part of the technology... read more
Use the Spanish version of ‘Bailando’ by Enrique Iglesias to motivate students to improve their listening. The whole song lasts nearly five minutes so use the lyrics from just the first 2m 5s to make this a more manageable task.
Copy... read more
If your students are struggling with German pronunciation, challenge them to improve by using this web page: 10 German words non-Germans can't pronounce. They may be reassured to know that they can in fact learn to pronounce these words and that Germans... read more
This article from the website Réseau Terre Interactif is all about reducing water consumption. It would make a useful authentic text to use with A level students beginning the environment topic.
Copy and paste the text into Word,... read more
This multiple choice quiz is designed to work out which sport best suits you, according to your personality and interests. It would make a good reading task for Spanish AS students starting the topic of sport within the healthy living context. It could... read more
Apparently nearly 50,000 texts are sent each minute worldwide so why not challenge your class to learn how to text in French? This guide to French texting will teach your students some common words and expressions as well as the text abbreviations.
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German | Christmas | Reading | Listening | Writing
The German Post Office, Deutschepost, offers a Christmas Post service so that children can send their wishlist to Santa and get a personal reply. This could be a great stimulus for some festive writing, adaptable for any Key Stage, with the potential... read more
An authentic article about the opening of the world's biggest roller coaster, which is sure to appeal to KS3 and KS4 students studying the topic of free time. Play the video clip (which appears half-way down the article) as students enter the classroom... read more
French | Poetry | Literature | Adjective agreement
The abridged version of Julos Beaucarne's poem below would appeal to KS3 students learning countries and nationalities, adjective agreement or possessive adjectives. A powerful and accessible way to celebrate our multicultural society!
Teaching ideas... read more
The little video clip on the bottom right-hand corner of this webpage complements the article about the use of technology in German schools and could be used for AS students. The images support comprehension and more able students can be encouraged to... read more
This Spanish interactive multiple-choice test will assess just how addicted your students are to their mobiles. Expect the worst!
If your students have access to iPads, iPhones or computers they could do this activity as part of a... read more
This article from Jeune Afrique about the 'Afrique Stop Ebola' song would be a serious and compelling cultural starter for GCSE or AS French students studying the topic of health. It's a public service announcement with a difference …
Teaching ideas... read more
French | Alcohol | Drinking | Driving | Safety | Health
In France, thanks to a road-safety campaign, the designated driver (who opts not to drink when going out with a group of friends) is universally known as ‘Sam’. The Sam homepage, www.ckisam.fr, has lots of great links for the AS level topic of alcohol... read more
German | Communication technology | Internet | Reading
This German article about the joys and perils of social networking would tie in well to the AS topic of communication technology.
Start with the summary box at the bottom of the article entitled Auf die Schnelle - wichtige Tipps... read more
Taking her love for Twilight character Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) to extremes, Lauren Adkins has actually married a cardboard cut-out of her idol. This article would make an interesting introduction to the GCSE context of relationships... read more
This video would be a good introduction to the French A2 environment topic as it outlines very clearly the causes and effects of climate change. The graphics and labels in the video make this far easier to understand than it might first appear.
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Here's an interesting starter for German A2 students studying the environmental topic: a video about the effects of global warming on walruses in Alaska.
Set up the video to play mute on full screen (so the title and commentary... read more
This slideshow version of Jérôme Ruillier's book 'Hombre de color' puts the basic vocabulary of colours into a much more interesting context for students. Based on a story-poem passed down from generation to generation in the African oral tradition, this... read more
This short report about France's first cooperative wind-farm would be ideal for A2 French students studying the environment topic. The extract runs from 1m 42s to 3m 34s of the programme Coup de Pouce pour la planète on TV5.
To... read more
A quick reading activity about an injured dog who learned how to bounce though doors on its back legs as a result! Save the 15 second video showing the dog in action as a reward for your students' efforts at reading.
As a starter,... read more
Wallace and Gromit | Jobs | Body | Reading | Spanish
This could be the perfect way to ensure students give you their total attention – just follow the example of this make-up artist with a difference.
Use this article as a quick and intriguing starter for a lesson on just about... read more
How creative can you get with an ice-cream? This artist's pictures are so good, you wouldn't mind your lolly melting.
1. What can your students find out about this original artist?
Nationality? (Irakqi.)... read more
French | Listening | Mont St Michel | KS3 | Introductions | Accents
Listen to native speakers from different regions of France (and beyond) answer the same question: D'où est-ce que vous venez?
Play part or all of the clip (full length is 3 minutes 37 seconds), depending on your students' level... read more
The importance of a good baguette cannot be underestimated …
Project the article, showing the image of the bread and the five short introductory paragraphs.
Read the first paragraph and ask students to translate it.... read more
French | Reading | Interactive | Culture | Introductions
Two fascinating maps of France showing the most popular names by region for boys and girls since 1946. The maps each have a slider along the top to allow you to adjust the date and see how the trends have changed.
Starter: Ask... read more
German | Reading | Holidays | Descriptions | Photos
Wish you'd booked your summer holidays in Germany? You will when you read this article about the weather in other European holiday destinations!
Starter: project just the title, subtitle and photos for this article by minimising and... read more
An intriguing video clip about a lake which has recently appeared in the Tunisian desert as if by magic … but with a disturbing twist in the tale.
This 50-second clip gives the story with three short bits of text.
1. Play the clip... read more
Another great reason to go to Spain: they've invented an ice cream which changes colour as it melts and doesn't even contain E numbers! Read all about it here.
Starter: go to the article and minimise the webpage so that just the... read more