As school travel specialists, the WST team are passionate about discovering international cultures and all they have to offer, not least in terms of languages.
WST is already home to a number of French, German & Spanish speakers, and their numbers are growing, as many of our team are currently learning a second language. In fact we even held a Modern Foreign Languages Day in March to celebrate these incredible European cultures!
To share our love of linguistics with the online teaching community, this week we’ve created a list of the internet’s ten best MFL blogs, run by fellow language enthusiasts.
Dom’s MFL Page
Written by teacher Dominic McGladdery, Dom’s MFL Page offers a wealth of resources for French, German and Spanish lessons, often focusing on topical events like the World Cup or the Eurovision Song Contest.
Having taught French for 33 years, Steve Smith is both one of the most experienced and one of the most dedicated MFL bloggers around. His blogs provide in-depth lesson plans, complete with an explanation of the techniques in play and how they aid learning.
Native speaker Angelika Davey is a professional tutor and translator who always puts a unique spin on learning German, with blog topics ranging from idiomatic expressions relating to drinks to the parallels between crocheting and studying German!
Box of Tricks
Digital enthusiast and Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School José Picardo concentrates on exploring how teachers can use new technology to enhance learning, particularly in an MFL context.
An active member of the #UKEdChat community on Twitter, Lisa Stevens recently co-hosted a special MFL edition of the online discussion series, with a roundup of the debate’s outcomes currently available on her excellent blog.
Flipping the Learning in MFL
Teachers Javier Rodriquez, Sadie McLachlan and Rhiannon Dykes share examples of how the ‘Flipped learning’ technique, which asks pupils to cover learning materials independently before lessons so teachers can focus on working through problems with students, can be used in an MFL classroom.
Modern Language Musings
Each Modern Language Musings blog revolves around a different aspect of the learning process and advises on ways to create a more engaging lesson plan, from dynamic displays, to fun games for verbal practice.
Tile Hill Wood School Languages
The languages department at Tile Hill Wood School have created this captivating blog documenting the progress of their classes to help students feel more involved in learning. Through a focus on multimedia content and colourful vocabulary cue-cards, this is a great blog to share with pupils.
Written by German teacher Jo Hardy, MFL Meanderings combines well thought out lesson plans with commentary on broader trends in MFL education, including a useful recap of the recent MFL Show and Tell event in York.
Language for Fun
Language for fun takes the refreshing perspective of looking at learning from a student’s perspective, as a French teacher takes on the challenge of mastering Spanish, inviting others to follow her journey.
Which MFL blogs would you recommend? Let WST know on Twitter to share your suggestions with our social media community of teaching professionals.