So, the schools are back (in Scotland, at least!) and it's time for me to remind you that I have a selection of pretty fab European Day of Languages resources ready and waiting for you and your classes in the Free Resources section of lovelanguage.co.uk.
For any newbies out there, the European Day of Languages falls on 26th September every year and is a great opportunity to get the kids thinking and talking about other cultures.
But before I show you what I've got, I have a favour to ask! Don't worry, it's nothing too serious... I have set myself the challenge of getting more "likes" on Facebook and followers on Twitter so it would be really lovely of you if you could help me out...
The Free Resources section of the website, as well as having a selection of French and Spanish resources and lots of Kahoot quizzes, about half way down the page has four European Day of Languages resources (complete with answers) to use with your classes. These resources are suitable for primary or lower secondary - obviously depending on the level your students are working at.
THE BOARD GAME - effort needed but so much fun!
I'm old school and love a good board game. Being an ex-Heriot-Watter, it should be no surprise Cranium is a firm favourite and you will see glimpses of that in this game. Designed to try to appeal to every pupil in the classroom, there are both skill tasks and question cards with pupils being given the opportunity to write and form letters using unknown alphabets, say words in both new and familiar languages and answer general knowledge questions.
Maybe the colour printer ink is running a little low but you still want to challenge your pupils knowledge with some questions on European culture. I've popped all 30 of the questions from the board game above into a Kahoot so if you're lucky enough to have some iPads then this is for you. Remember, Kahoot now has both team and individual modes and you can download the results at the end.
QR CODE QUIZ
This quiz contains ten simple general knowledge questions and pupils need to scan the QR codes (I put them up around the room) to find the answers. Each code has a letter assigned to it so even if the pupils know some of the answers already, they still need to find the letter.
This quiz can also be used as a starting point for a bit of research using the iPads. For example, question four asks pupils to find the country that is in both Europe and Asia. Once the quiz is over (or as a filler while others are finishing), they could be asked to find five interesting facts about Turkey to share with the rest of the class.
DESIGN YOUR OWN FLAG
This activity is taking more of a creative approach allowing pupils to design their own flag. It comes in three forms: blank flag, English writing and French writing so pupils can work on whichever skill they need. For example, a pupil who loves football could draw himself playing football or a football pattern and underneath write, "Ce drapeau me représente car j'adore le foot. Je le joue avec mes copains..." etc.
If you wanted to go all out you could find some old pillowcases, get the fabric paints out and turn these designs into real flags to hang around the school. Wouldn't that be fun?!
I hope you make the most of these free resources but remember you can sign up here for just £12 a year and get hundreds of fantabulous French and Spanish resources.