Two-for-One Course: Unleashing the power of Grammar and Teaching Mixed-ability

This one-day course looks at areas where MFL teachers often state they wish to improve teaching and learning. It focuses on differentiation, increasing levels of challenge and engagement along with developing independent learners. The later session considers grammar for communication with practical, easily implemented ideas for lessons.

Morning – Teaching Mixed-ability MFL Classes at KS3-4

Many MFL practitioners teach mixed-ability classes in secondary schools – increasingly so at KS4 due to small GCSE cohorts or timetabling issues. This is also an aspect of teaching which is generally looked at closely during lesson observations as all pupils need to be challenged appropriately. During this morning session, Martine will concentrate particularly on:

  • The right differentiation technique for the right activity style
  • Prep-light and easy-to-manage differentiation techniques
  • Looking beyond just differentiation
  • The power of effective collaborative work
  • How nurturing more independent learners can help
  • How to help non-MFL lesson observers identify and appreciate the validity of MFL-specific techniques used with mixed-ability classes
Afternoon – Unleashing the Power of Grammar at KS3-4

After the roller-coaster ride it appears to have known in recent decades, grammar is squarely at the heart of the current MFL agenda – within a strong communication agenda. In this afternoon session, Martine will explore approaches to grammar which can help to nurture effective communicators. She will concentrate particularly on:

  • Grammar and communication: friends, not foes
  • Effective ways of introducing grammar
  • How to facilitate grammar retention
  • How to facilitate more creative grammar use
  • Grammar practice: suggestions for greater variety
  • How to bring reluctant grammarians on board

Presenter Profile

Martine Pillette is an independent MFL consultant and author and a senior examiner for an international organisation . As well as working with individual schools, she is frequently involved in initiatives aimed at supporting MFL teaching at KS2-5. She is particularly interested in issues of challenge, engagement and skill-based teaching and learning. She is well known for her realistic and engaging classroom ideas.

Feedback from teachers on Martine’s courses

Really good practical ideas. I can see how I can try some of the activities straight away in the classroom.
Thank you very much – very useful info.
Martine is a very engaging course leader and the course was so useful and interesting – full of practical advice that we can use immediately. Thank you!
Thank you, Martine, for another great session. Great ideas with minimum preparation.
Martine is excellent, as usual!
Thank you for such inspirational ideas, I am leaving with lots of new ideas and look forward to sharing them with my team.
Great content. Really useful and some really fantastic ideas about how to include more spontaneous language. Thank you Martine.

Cost: £165 per delegate which includes lunch and resources; £199 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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