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20 October 2014
BBC SchoolsPrimary French Language Lab

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Using the website

With whole class access to computers:

Children can work through a chosen segment at their own pace, culminating in the interactive game or printable activity. You may wish to demonstrate how to use the website to the whole class, by projecting onto a large screen or using an interactive whiteboard, or you could write instructions on the board showing the sequence for the children to follow, starting with the cartoon story, then the song, progressing to the En France section and interactive game (if accessible) or printable activity.

Make sure children know that they should participate by repeating the language, particularly in the song, and that they can select their choice of frames to re-hear and repeat as often as they wish. You can reinforce the language further through class activities such as puppet conversation practice or reinforcement games.

With a small number of computers:

Teach and reinforce the language using puppets and games and allow groups to use the website as a follow up for further reinforcement, working through the activities at their own pace. You could first demonstrate the sequences to a small group at a time.

With an interactive whiteboard:

By using an interactive whiteboard you can both teach the language and demonstrate to the class how to use the website independently. Work through the sections with the class, encouraging maximum participation in repeating the language and joining in the song.

Use the software associated with your whiteboard to have enjoyable learning activities such as guessing games that further reinforce the language from the website. Examples could be: highlight areas; screen out areas for children to guess and then reveal them; enlarge text; erase text; add pictures of classroom items as necessary from the pictogram library; use drag and drop for matching text and pictures or for sorting words, for example sorting masculine and feminine nouns. Groups or volunteers can be encouraged to provide the answers in the various activities, or even take over the running of the programme, as an effective way of providing differentiation.

Without computers:

Teach and reinforce the language using puppets and games and, if possible, singing the songs. You can print off the printable activities for children to use at school or at home, as appropriate. Some of the printable activities can be used to make flashcards. The scripts from the En France sections can be printed off and acted out. Encourage children with access to computers at home to use the website independently for fun and reinforcement.

Using images on OHPs:

Make transparencies of the printable activities, to demonstrate their use. Suitable transparencies can be cut up and used to play reinforcement games on the overhead projector in a similar way instead of playing games with flashcards.

Printable stuff:

Prepare children for the printable activities by ensuring that they first have learned the language thoroughly and secondly are familiar with the text form of the words.

When children are completing worksheets they should be provided with support, in the form of help sheets containing the relevant text, or displayed posters or flashcards. Worksheets, for example to replace missing letters, should only be given as homework if the necessary support is provided.

The Pupil Profile sheets can be used alone, as a Record of Achievement, or as part of a pupil's language portfolio. The sheets have been designed to complement the European Languages Portfolio, which The European Languages Portfolio can be downloaded from the NACELL website (see Useful links). The sheets are concerned with aspects of speaking the language and can be completed by the children as they learn the language items. Other, similar, pages from the European Languages Portfolio can be used for showing progress in reading and writing.

Extension work:
  • Children can sing the songs according to text cards that you indicate.
  • They can extend the songs to include other phrases they have learned and progress to making up their own songs.
  • Children can use the conversations in the En France section for independent reading and then as a basis for creating their own short dialogues or extended role-play.
  • They can make or manipulate speech bubbles or captions containing the language and make up dialogues to which they match their own illustrations.
  • The worksheets can be differentiated by providing more or less support, e.g. by masking text, before copying and distributing them to the children.

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