For episode 6 of the #mfltwitterati podcast, we’ve gone football crazy, with nearly a full match’s worth of content exploring how the beautiful game can be exploited in the languages classroom. There are also two competitions for you to take part in, a discount offer from Linguascope and two exclusive contributions from the BBC no less!
We have some lovely feedback to play you too in this episode. Thank you so much as always for all your tweets, 5* iTunes reviews and SpeakPipes. We really appreciate your support.
For this episode’s TechTalk interview, Noah and I chat with Vincent Everett, Head of Languages at Northgate High School in Norfolk. Vincent describes how he has been flipping his classroom to help students prepare for their GCSE examinations. He gives a shout out to the Association for Language Learning’s suite of wikis which are full of free and useful resources made by teachers for teachers. Finally he demos live a technique he employs for extending speaking through chunking and reducing cognitive load live with Noah. My favourite part of the interview!
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[8:11] @CharlotteRyland describing the Stephen Spender Poetry Prize for poetry in translation competition where students translate a poem from any language, ancient or modern into English with prizes up to £1000. Check out the winning entries from previous years and subscribe to the e-newsletter here.
[11:44] MFLtwitterati Takeaway: Listeners’ Feedback:
[17:51] highlighting the Women’s World Cup as a language learning resource, the viewing figures. Arsenal Double Club multilingual resources the hashtag #FIFAWWC and the local FIFA Twitter accounts @fifacom_fr @fifacom_es and @fifacom_de
[21:57] Noah sets a Wakelet related challenge to listeners and shares how he used the collaborative mode to co-create a presentation at a recent event to great effect.
[24:44] MFL Show and Tell: Football Special
[25:00] Tony Costin and his colleague Poppy from the BBC talking about the SuperMovers campaign in collaboration with the English Premier League
[35:15] @Dettie_C asking Jacqueline Smith from Skinners Academy in Hackney about when her pupils interviewed the Arsenal manager, Unai Emery in Spanish during a press conference and appeared on Match of the Day. Watch the full feature here.
[37:05] @Nattalingo is a qualified football coach who combines her love of football with her love of learning languages when teaching French and Spanish in and out of the classroom. She also podcasts at Nattalingo’s Natter
[52:31] University lecturer from Bangor University and keen football fan @j_ervine shares his reflections on the power of studying the culture around football to aid language learning as well as suggesting some useful media resources to check out too.
[54:48] When teaching in the north east, @bryan_p_hackett contacted the manager of Middlesbrough who was a native Spanish speaker to ask if he could write a letter of encouragement to his MFL GCSE students at the time. Have a listen to see what transpired as a result.
[1:04:50] the impact of converting PowerPoints into YouTube videos which focus on grammar and exam technique as a way of flipping language learning for students
[1:08:57] The nuts and bolts of turning a PowerPoint into a video
[1:10:56] The Keep Talking Activity video using a substitution table with little chunks and building in routines as a way of reducing cognitive load – (students thinking what to say more than 50% of cognitive load)
[1:14:00] Demoing a Keep Talking activity live
[1:19:45] A few final thoughts and looking forward to the next episode