Sometimes, pupils just ‘don’t see the point’ of learning a foreign language, being very self-conscious of making errors in front of their peers and having to accentuate their voice! But many of us grow up wishing we’d given more attention to our language classes when we were at school, feeling foolish that we are stuck with only our English language as we travel to explore the big wide world!
One of the key challenges for teachers was making their language lessons engaging, fun and helping pupils progress in their foreign language development. But, in his book, Jake Hunton (Head of Spanish at Heart of England School in Solihull) believes in combining passionate, engaging and fast-paced Modern Foreign Language teaching with a focus on the highest of achievement for all students.
Packed full of practical ideas and activities, this is a book for those wanting to re-invigorate their teaching practice whilst, at the same time, really help pupils progress and achieve in their chosen language/s. Focusing on German, Spanish and French, the book is organised into ‘Vocab Fun Learning Activities’ and ‘Fun Learning Activities’, all containing a collection of classroom practical ideas suited for the primary or secondary classroom. The ideas are central to this book, and creative teachers of other modern foreign languages could easily adapt the ideas for the language in focus.
The book is also accompanied with a CD-Rom which has supporting materials for some of the activities, along with the fantastic illustrative images, created by Les Evans, which can be used to prompt discussion and help context. Click here to preview (PDF) the book, and explore the contents in greater detail.
Jake’s philosophy for active-learning shines throughout the book, with many of the games being superficial for the deep-learning that goes on behind them. This is key – and certainly a winner in getting pupils engaged and enjoy foreign language learning. Say goodbye to grammar worksheets, endless drilling and rote learning lists of vocabulary!
Fun Learning Activities for Modern Foreign Languages – A Complete Toolkit for Ensuring Engagement, Progress and Achievement by Jake Hunton is published by Crown House Publishing, being available in paperback, or via iBooks or Kindle (see links below):