Useful Weblinks for Primary Languages
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Web sites - some with downloadable materials
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The Primary Languages website brings together two CILT websites - NACELL (formerly at www.nacell.org.uk) and the Primary Languages Training Zone, to form one national gateway to advice, information and support for everyone interested in primary languages.
NACELL, the ‘National Advisory Centre for Early Language Learning’, was set up in 1999 to promote and develop the provision of languages in primary education. The project was funded by the DCSF and coordinated by CILT. Work to support primary languages is now part of CILT’s ongoing primary programme. ‘NACELL’ is still used to refer to the CILT Library’s collection of primary languages teaching materials.
The Primary Languages Training Zone is CILT’s online toolkit for professional development. With over 200 video clips of language teaching in the primary school, audio files and transcripts in six languages, all the features of Training Zone are fully integrated into the Primary Languages website – Visit the Training Zone.
- www.globalgateway.org.uk -This site is sponsored by the DfES and hosted and managed by the British Council. It contains details on finding e-mail partners, funding for projects and other international activities.
The Nacell website above also has an e-mail partners section.
- www.epals.com - Global community website linking classrooms across the world.
For more Christmas resources for KS1 and KS2 including 'The Snowman' adapations in French, German and Spanish:
Christmas around the World -
List of Easter resources for primary languages
Web sites - Some with Downloadable Materials
- www.stepuptolanguages.com/languageangel/ - Try Language Angel online version of the award-winning Step Up To Languages teaching schemes and resources.Use the Olympics Unit FREE TRIAL. It's completely free of charge and with no obligation on your part.
With your free trial you will experience how quick and easy it is to build your own amazing KS2 language teaching schemes and resources in French, Spanish or Italian. Choose from over 125 weekly lessons encompassing 21 exciting cross-curricular topics covering all 4-years of KS2. New units and lessons are being added all of the time too. Everything you choose can be used directly in your classroom through your IWB all you need is an internet connection.
- www.forvo.com/languages/ - Unsure how to pronounce a word? Looking for different languages to the one you teach and do not how to pronounce that language? This fabulous website gives you the true pronunciation in 286 languages.
- www.newburypark.redbridge.sch.uk/langofmonth/index.html - This primary school website has their EAL students speaking their home languages. Furthermore there is the 'Language of the Month' with downloadable resource packs, activity booklets,audio files and much more. Fabulous for the European Day of Languages, or if you are running a Languages Festival.
Poissonrouge is an attractive, user-friendly website, offering lots of free online games for pre-school children in English and French with some Spanish. The many audio files offer wonderful support for older pupils learning French as well as non-specialist staff teaching it, or EAL pupils learning English. Both sites are currently offered free online to schools.
- www.lcfclubs.com/babelzonenew -
Follow links to BABELZONE. This is a highly enjoyable subscription site with big book stories and fun and games.
- www.linguascope.com -
A subscription site for French, German, Spanish, Italian but contains free previews of the games on Linguamate.com. It was originally Bonjour.org and was designed for pupils and teachers by a secondary school teacher. It can be used independently by pupils, which makes it ideal for KS2 learners. Good for basic writing, word/picture matching, pelmanism, noughts and crosses, basic writing, wordsearch, hangman, space invaders, printable worksheets. There are Observe sections, which contain sound files so pupils can listen to the key vocabulary and the Renforce sections which allow them to use this vocabulary in context.
Colours How to talk about colours e.g J’ai les cheveux blonds
Tell the Time Introduces Il est and using routine Je me lève etc
Numbers As well as the Observe and Renforce sections the Vérifié section allows pupils to practise spelling the numbers (this is a timed exercise – Y6 seem to enjoy this most). The Joue section (Memo) is very good for quick recognition of the numbers without having to be able to spell or write them independently.
Métiers This has a good Observe section with clear sound files.
La Douleur This is very popular with younger pupils. They can describe all their aches and pains and is very effective when used at playtimes. (Requires the lunchtime supervisors to have a little instruction before implementing!)
- http://atantot.com -
This site is designed for use on the interactive whiteboard. It has comprehensive topic based presentations for KS2 in French and German with fantastic graphics but no sound files, so you need very basic skills yourself to use it. Highly recommended. A small subscription charge was applied in April 2007.
- www.chez-merlin.com -
This is a French Maths site. To enter, click on the large red button on the left hand side. Can be used in Numeracy lessons, and the 6/7 Numeration section is very good for MFL. Y5/6 can practise matching written numbers with numerals and Y1 – Y4 can practise putting numbers in sequence. The language in the 7/8 section is more advanced, but still useable for MFL with supervision. In the ages above that, the language gets too complicated for young users.
- www.uptoten.com -
This site is designed for young children. It contains games and puzzles in English and French to aid the development of basic skills. It does not have many sound files, so the educational value for use in MFL lessons is minimal. However, for amusement and exposure to another language it is very good. One useful tool on the site is the animated e-card section. Click on the chick in the orange bubble for today’s main page. The e-card link is at the bottom of the page (The direct link is above). There are cards for all occasions with appropriate messages in the chosen language. Pupils can add their own message (up to 40 characters). No vocabulary is provided by the site, so you will need to have key words ready.
- www.sitespourenfants.com/ -
French site for children, parents and teachers. Contain educational and recreational activities. You need to speak good French to make the most of this site.
- www.zut.org.uk -
This site is designed for secondary pupils but the Year 7 section is very clear and can be used with younger pupils. The Numbers section to be particularly useful. In Les Nombres there is a listening exercise where numbers are missed out and pupils have to identify them and a speed test where pupils have to write the numbers 1 – 10 using the letter tiles provided (this is timed and can become very competitive!). There are sections on all basic topics, Pets is also another good one. In the Pets section, the Qu’est-ce que c’est? games are good for young learners, but do involve having to recognise the written form of the pet vocabulary.
As a general rule, any of the exercises with accompanying sound files are usually suitable for younger learners along with the match the pictures style exercises.
- There are games in French, Spanish and English. It is a subscription site but worth looking at.
- www.takatrouver.net -
This is a French government sponsored website. Follow the links for ‘Taka s’amuser’ (bottom right) and ‘maternelle’ for a selection of games almost identical to those on the Numeracy & ICT CD ROM. Camion is good for reinforcing number bonds to ten. Also follow ‘Takacreer’ link for sending e-cards.
- www.channel4.com/languages - Games etc.
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryfrench -
This is a very good site and is very similar to the Pilote CD-ROM in its content and style. It has detailed teacher’s notes and off-line and on-line lesson plans that can be accessed by clicking on the teacher button before entering the 10 – 11 primary French section or by clicking on the open book icon next to each exercise. There are also printable worksheets and a good song section with very simple raps as well as sound files of useful teacher phrases for the classroom. Children seem to enjoy the video clips of French children with simple dialogue to follow. It is best to view this site using Flash (version 6.0 or above) but there is a non-animated HTML version.
This site is easily navigated and all the content is suitable for whole class teaching or individual work.
- www.frenchteacher.net -
This site has a particularly good links section with a hyperlinked word document that makes finding the pages easy. It is managed by Steve Smith from Ripon Grammar school, but has lots of things suitable for primary pupils.
- www.primaryfrench.net -
This site is the brainchild of Connie Hurd, a full time primary French teacher in Lincoln. All the activities and puzzles (made with 'Hot Potatoes' software) are free, interactive, and provide immediate self-correction. Children who complete the exercises successfully are rewarded with a fun animated gif or smilie. New puzzles are coming online as they are created. The site also has some free printable worksheets for teachers. A good selection of photos from France are also online and can be downloaded.
follow the links to French theme page or go direct to:
This is a fantastic site with printable books on basic vocabulary, plus printable labels and activities. All for very young learners and very user friendly.
- This site contains details of Christmas traditions. It also contains sound files of Christmas songs. It covers most of the world and is very good for cultural awareness. I have used it to gather information for international assemblies and for topic work.
- www.pere-noel.com/accueil.htm - Loads of Christmas fun!
This is a great site where primary teachers can upload and download any displays, labels, worksheets. All perfect for KS2 because all the resources are created by teachers themselves.
- www.teachingideas.co.uk/foreignlanguages/contents.htm -
A website with lots of great teaching ideas for modern foreign languages.
- www.momes.net -
Click on the comptines section for hundreds of nursery rhymes and poems about any topic imaginable. This is the site if you want a song for a French assembly about a 3 legged llama!
- www.readinga-z.com -
A site where you can download printable books in French and Spanish. All are levelled for ease of use. You have to subscribe to get the full range but there are many good freebies in the sample section. Not as good as enchantedlearning.com but worth a look.
- www.paroles.net -
A site with all the lyrics to French pop songs.
- www.henrides.net -
The official site for Henri Des with songs, games etc. You must subscribe for some parts but most of it is free.
- http://enfants.stephyprod.com/ -
A French educational site with some freely downloadable traditional children’s songs.
- www.pilotelanguages.com/ -
Site to accompany the Pilote CD roms and videos. Lots of good cultural information and very user friendly for non-specialist teachers.
- www.teteamodeler.com -
French children’s site with thousands of interesting ideas and activities. Be warned there are lots of advertisements!
- www.mflgames.co.uk -
Free site with lots of games in French and Spanish
- www.mflresources.org.uk - Games/worksheets/powerpoints/flashcards- mainly secondary but some useful resources for primary
- www.languageguide.org -
This site has sound files of basic vocabulary in many languages. It is extremely user friendly and great if you want to check pronunciation before a lesson!
- http://bbc.co.uk/languages - This site has basic vocabulary with sound files in a huge number of languages. Look in the holiday section for operational words such as please, thank you, hello, goodbye etc.
- www.facebook.com/pages/The-Language-Lady/366887066713114 -
A Facebook page set up by a teacher which is dedicated to the Italian, French and Spanish languages, with some occasional Welsh titbits too. It includes a variety of cartoons, cultural information and language tips
- www.younglinguists.com -
Young learners’ part of European Schoolbooks.
- www.earlystart.co.uk/ - You can order the early start videos and DVDs from this site but they also have a great section for bilingual books and euro coins etc.
- www.byki.com/ - You can download a free flashcards package from this site.
- www.skoldo.com -
Resources for sale for teaching French from 4 years of age. Suitable for home and school and linked to QCA units Teachers book, Pupil book, CD, stickers.
- www.taskmagic.co.uk/ - Contains masses of Jpeg images all cut to squares and all chosen to represent key vocabulary and all free. Taskmagic software is cheap, easy to use and really effective. They are making ready made primary activities in the coming months.
- www.eurotales.eril.net/ -The Snaith primary school site (good for other curriculum areas too!)
- www.downs.kent.sch.uk/default.shtml - The Downs school site with very good games teaching tools for the interactive whiteboard.
- www.primaryfrench.co.uk -
This site is run from Barnard Grove Primary School in Hartlepool. It is specifically designed to help primary aged pupils learn French. At the beginning of each section there is a question or key word.
Map – shows France and gives facts about the country in English - very good for topic work.
Colours – click on pallet to hear colours
Numbers – numerals and words (written phonetically in brackets)
Animals – click on animals to hear them.
Weather – click on pictures to hear the phrase il fait …
Clothes – click on clothes to hear the phrase Je porte ….. (with colours)
Food and Drink – Pictures and words (written phonetically in brackets)
The Quiz section can be used to test learning, but it is not interactive so it needs teacher feedback. The free resources section contains downloadable flashcards and worksheets in word format.
Sunderland - www.sunderlandschools.org/mfl-sunderland/resources.htm
Buckinghamshire – www.bucksgfl.org.uk/resources
Kent – www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/
Northumberland – http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/languages/
Warrington – http://wgfl.digitalbrain.com/wgfl/web/mfl/
West Sussex – http://wsgfl.westsussex.gov.uk/
Junior Languages Portfolio
Primary Languages training zone
Teacher phrases with sound files
Teachers TV programmes on Primary Languages
Link to the KS2 Framework for Languages
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