Category Archives: Languages

Mexican Independence Day

16th September is Independence Day in Mexico. It commemorates Miguel Hidalgo’s cry for freedom of 16th September 1810, which began the uprising, although Mexico didn’t actually gain independence until 28th September 1821. Miguel Hidalgo, a priest, along with Ignacio Allende, … Continue reading

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How to Learn Children’s Names in September

It’s that time of year again, when teachers are thinking about their new classes, hoping they won’t have too many with the same name, and wondering how they will ever learn all the names if they aren’t all the same. … Continue reading

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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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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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Should schools teach EAL children their home language?

I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for a while, after reading a comment on social media some weeks ago, claiming that the lack of attention to home languages in schools is degrading to that language. Could or … Continue reading

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