Behind the scenes at a football training session

Footballers Gabriel Obertan and Jonás Gutierréz take you behind-the-scenes of a typical training day at Newcastle United FC, showing how their language skills help them.

We join Gabriel Obertan and Jonás Gutierréz at the Newcastle United training ground, where they talk about their language experiences and how these help the team dynamics. We also hear from first team fitness coach, Simon Tweddle, about his job and how the team communicates on the pitch. Key words and phrases in Spanish are demonstrated and shown on screen.

Students studying PE could be invited to practise the basic Spanish that is presented in the interview. They might then visit a younger class in the school and tell them about the techniques and preparation involved in training and preparation to compete in elite sport. An addition to the visit would be an introduction to speaking Spanish, where pupils could stress the social benefits within sport, of making the effort to speak another competitor’s language

These clips could be used for teaching PE and Modern Foreign Languages at KS3 and KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.