Rachel Hawkes is an absolute genius who I’m certain rarely sleeps or else has her own TARDIS as she can’t possibly have the hours in the day to teach and do all the things she does!
Her ‘Major talk’ was all about speaking - the most undeveloped but most important skill in terms of motivation as our perception of being good at languages hangs on our ability to speak.
If you want to experience the presentation, you will no doubt soon see it on Rachel’s blog, but some key points were-
Key strategies -
building a framework for spontaneous talk
providing opps for planned and unplanned talk
focusing on key structures
providing a range of stimulus materials to respond to
using tech to enhance interactions
Teaching phonics is very important - the first thing that happens in year 7 at Comberton. The phonics aare linked to a gesture and once learned, the pupils are given words to pronounce - it could be people’s names or shopping lists.
Other ideas for geting pupils talking were
- using a Morph clip and asking What are they saying? Can you give Morph and Chas some words? Or to give pupils the words and ask them to put them in order.
- an iPhone clip that practiced ‘Puedo.......’ and could be used to reinforce ‘¿se puede....?
- the Obama reggaeton rap
- posing a question eg ¿Tienes hermanos o hermanas? and stipulating ‘tu respuesta debe tener 7 palabras‘ then ¿Cómo puedes contestar con más de 10 palabras
- Odd one out connecting triangles
- pilla al intruso ; and, one of my favourites,
- what isn’t going to happen??? What didn’t happen?
All the clips Rachel used are bookmarked in her account there - RachelHawkes60.