Author Archives: Sally-Jayne

How to Improve Pupils’ Ability in Listening Comprehensions

There are some great ideas here for improving listening skills. I already use some of them – spot the silent letter and minimal pairs are particular favourites of mine. What do others do to improve this skill? I’d love to … Continue reading

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H is for Hawai´ian

Hawai´ian is a Polynesian language, related to Maori, and believed to have evolved from Tahitian. It is named after the island of Hawai´i, where it is the joint official language with English. The Hawai´ian language is under threat from English, … Continue reading

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Subtraction by Adding On

This is also sometimes called “subtraction using a blank numberline” and I’ve even heard it called “that nonsensical modern method”. This latter is a real misnomer since it is neither nonsensical nor modern. In fact it’s a method that dates … Continue reading

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How to write Inuktitut

My brother, who knows how fascinated I am by languages, has just shared this video with me and I felt compelled to share it with everyone else. I never knew before this what Inuktitut writing was like. ᑖᒻ ᔅᑳᑦ and … Continue reading

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Endangered languages

Earlier this year I did a FutureLearn course about multilingualism, during which we had to consider the role of minority languages. I’ve also been reading up on some of the lesser known languages for my A-Z of languages series. As … Continue reading

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MFL Spelling Game

This week I made up a game for my children to practice the alphabet. I put lots of individual letters into a bag, and they had to take it in turns to draw a letter out and say its name. … Continue reading

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G is for German

Although one of the most important languages in Europe, having more speakers than any other EU language, German is not widespread outside the continent. It is spoken in Germany (naturally), Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Belgium. It is characterised by … Continue reading

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