#EP 6 – Feeling the love, BBC SuperMovers, Football/Soccer and TechTalk interview with Vincent Everett

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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[1:07] Radar: Feeling loved up about my Teachit Languages article 20 ideas for using technology for MFL teaching and an update about the Badge Summit and ISTE 2019 both of which are in Philadelphia.

[2:02] @placido shares a free Spanish reading resource about the Thai soccer theme being trapped and rescued from a cave.

[4:39] DiegoOjeda66 gives his top 6 tips for harnessing football in the languages classroom

[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.

[10:32] Announcing the Linguascope competition to win a free subscription for their award winning platform. Winners announced in episode 7.

[11:07] How to receive a 25% discount on Linguascope products if you order before the end of August and use the promo code PODCAST at checkout.

[11:44] MFLtwitterati Takeaway: Listeners’ Feedback:

[13:22] @CraddyCrews passing on podcast tips to her trainees

[14:23] @grafespanol liking the gif ideas shared by @rangathetrainer and offering some more ideas on using gifs in the languages classroom

[16:11] @olivier70680930 championing the podcast at the MLTAV conference, using remove.bg to promote speaking through conjecture and flipping the classroom with OneNote.

[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.

[23:41] Linguascope

[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

[27:21] @DirectorDanDan talking about the SuperMovers celebration evening at Ashmount Primary and the Loughborough research on the value of physical activity and active learning

[31:45] @mrsmandarin8 asking her children Michael and Maeve about their thoughts on SuperMovers

[33:01] @SteveEadon from AFCDoubleClub

[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

[39:18] @MarcLinguist talks about how knowing languages has taken him around the world as a football translator and interpreter.

[41:57] @trekkiep talks about how his school runs a cross-curricular global learning project around the time of the FIFA World Cup and how the whole school gets involved.

[45:00] @GriceMFL uses the names of players from the French national team to practise phonics to help her learners with their pronunciation.

[48:24] @estill_jane from @WarwickMFL runs a lunch time Bundesliga XBox Club to help her students with their German and understanding of German football culture.

[50:45] Will Burton talks about the Sauerkraut Cup which is played each year by university lecturers and language students where they communicate in German on and off the pitch.

[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.

[57:11] @ualavetz reflects on a recent trip he made with his students to Bernabeu stadium, home of the mighty Real Madrid.

[1:02:21] TechTalk interview with Vincent Everett and being a self-proclaimed Twittersceptic

[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

[1:06:38] Unpicking the video: GCSE French speaking exam – an important message which includes a football metaphor

[1:08:57] The nuts and bolts of turning a PowerPoint into a video

[1:09:54] The Association for Language Learning wikis

ALL Literature Wiki

ALL Grammar Wiki

ALL Speaking Wiki

ALL Writing & Translation Wiki

ALL Progression & Transition Wiki

[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

[1:15:47] Hacks for Gimkit e.g. icing people and Quizlet hack.

[1:19:17] @BexN91 summary blog post of the MFL strand at ResearchED

[1:19:45] A few final thoughts and looking forward to the next episode

2 thoughts on “#EP 6 – Feeling the love, BBC SuperMovers, Football/Soccer and TechTalk interview with Vincent Everett

  1. jacques verschuren

    Great Podcast, but, however, in trying to get onto the BBC Teach Super Movers… https://www.bbc.com/teach/supermovers/ks2-english-homophones-with-johnny-inel/z6fjbdm there is the infamous ‘This content is not available in your location’. Is there no workaround that, in my case, teachers of English worldwide would have access to such content, that will enable our students to learn from and about up-to-date and visually interesting classroom material???

    1. admin Post author

      Dear Jacques,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m delighted you are enjoying the podcast and hear your frustration about not being able to access BBC content from outside of the UK.

      Best wishes



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