Book: MFL by @CristaHazell via @CrownHousePub

Published: by Crown House Publishing

Independent Thinking On MFL How To Make Modern Foreign Language Teaching Exciting, Inclusive And Relevant













  • Packs a punch in terms of resources, ideas and creative strategies within MFL.
  • Written in a clear and informative way that makes quickly access ideas easy.
  • A useful list of website and additional information available to help build a useful MFL toolkit for teachers.
  • Gives attention to key skills within MFL, such as listening, reading and developing written work.

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One admiral key characteristic among the MFL teachers I have come across is their absolute dedication and passion about the languages they teach. This is even more admirable when you consider the common lack of enthusiasm encountered by society as a whole when it comes to venturing beyond the native English language. The challenge, when teaching MFL subjects, is to keep young learners enthused, engaged and eager to expand the repertoire that can open fantastic career and travelling opportunities to them in the future.

In her book, Crista Hazell sets out to hook pupils from the start, sharing reasons why MFL colleagues absolutely love doing the job they undertake. However, as with many subjects, students will place obstacles in front of the teaching and learning as they may not find language learning a priority – an issue which the book explores offering counter-arguments against.

In a key chapter exploring language skills and oracy, Crista highlights the four strands of oracy (physical, linguistic, cognitive and social & economic), that underpins every idea, resource and activity that follows through the rest of the book. The book includes 8 activities that support questions, and then 50 fantastic activities that help develop written work. Additionally, reading and listening skills (which are key elements of the MFL assessments) are given their due attention with the book offering great ideas to help students develop.

Getting creative with your teaching and the learning of languages is also crucial, and 30 revision strategies are shared that creatively support the preparation of such key points in the school year. The book concludes in more a reflective nature, exploring why MFL is still a subject worth teaching, along with information aimed at newly, or recently qualified teachers. Additional resources and links are also shared towards the end of the book.

This is a great book for teachers of MFL, or those starting out on their MFL teaching career, or for those in secondary schools who enjoy MFL filled with practical ideas and suggestions.


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