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The wiki features the generous contributions of UK Language teachers – case studies focussing on the uses of Literature and Texts with 7 – 14 year-olds in the Language classroom.

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Related books launched in 2019

Bloomsbury Academic : Teaching Literature in Modern Foreign Languages including a chapter on this wiki .

Encore! With a song in my scheme of work’ by Steven Fawkes for the benefit of ALL on the ALL website.


The features on Songs (Spring 2019), Culture (Summer 2019) , Grammar (Autumn 2019) and Creativity (Winter 2019-20) have been moved into the section on the right-hand bar called 'Multilingual sources' as a group of attached documents


I’ve just discovered a text on the wiki …

La lettre de Georges Gallois (You can find it with the Search feature)

And I think it’s inspirational and full of potential !

1. For very keen linguists - so rich in grammar!! Lots of high level vocabulary and complex structures. I could ask students to find a subjunctive/ three types of negative/ a verb in the passé composé with avoir and one with être etc. It's a 'minefield' of gorgeous language and an authentic text. I think there are examples of at least 6 different tenses here. They could find interesting structures, learn about them, reapply them in their own words …

2. It’s motivational for boys (sorry to generalize) - death, war, knives, wounded, suffocating, mud, horror, suffering … great vocab for them to collect and then reuse in their own work.

3. Cultural content – It would be good to use in a lesson during a day commemorating WWI, or if they are studying that War in history to complement what they are doing, or even if they are on a Battlefields visit to Northern France/Belgium.

4. Lovely Gifted and Talented extension opportunities when doing body and illness - a bit of a tangent but tangents are great in teaching and keep the students on their toes!

5. Can they research this man? … find out more about him and what happened to him? I just typed his name in Google and all sorts of useful sites and videos came up.

6. Last and not least they can read it out loud - pronunciation practice, reading with expression, make a video to go with it - creative/ animation or something.

The possibilities are endless ….

Julie Hall


At the ALL Roadshow webinar (June 2020) those attending were given challenges around reciting poems in French and German:
Reciting from memory
Joining in a collective recitation
Recording is here : http://www.all-london.org.uk/site/index.php/webinars/webinar-with-steven-fawkes-qa-languages-update-june-20/
And heard about the ‘Strictly in Isolation’ celebration organized by ALLNE.
In a nutshell
i) Students choose a poem in their Target Language and learn it by heart.
ii) They rehearse and finally perform it; this might be in a film of themselves reciting, or an audio recording of their recital over a version of the text they have made.
iii) They send their performance to their teacher who forwards it to the ALLNE Strictly in Isolation email address for publication on a YouTube channel.
iv) People view the performances and leave supportive comments.
v) Certificates are awarded.

These are some of the points they made in the chat:
It helps massively with pronunciation
I think it's a great way for pupils to feel they can say something perfectly in the target language since they will have the opportunity to practise
valuing the contribution made by the individual student - and valuing the praise and comments made by other students - beautifully student-led. Bravo encore!
I think poetry is amazing, there is a reason why all children like books
I think it is a great idea to ask children to memorise chunks of language
Prévert is very good: Pour faire le portrait d'un oiseau is also great.
A poem I would highly recommend is Poème à mon frère blanc de Léopold Sédar Senghor. I have used to teach colours, cultural capital and combat racism.
I have done Le petit cheval blanc de Paul Fort with my Y7 and with Y9 Le dormeur du val
Another brilliant poem is Liberté by Paul Eluard. Brilliant when discussing WW2.
(Titles in italic now added to the wiki.)


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Latest texts

Pour faire le portrait d'un oiseau (Contributor: webinar)

Le dormeur du val (Contributor: webinar)

Le petit cheval blanc (Contributor: webinar)

Liberte (Contributor: webinar)

Le cancre (Contributor: Steven Fawkes)

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