MFL Speaking Masterclasses / Intervention
MFL Reading Masterclass
The Reading Masterclass provides students with the opportunity to look closely at the layout and target language used in the Reading Exam papers. It also gives students a series of strategies to help them identify the information required to answer the questions given. During the Reading Masterclass, students will also look at ways to avoid falling into the 'traps' set by the exam boards, and will use a range of purposely-created materials to practise their scanning and skimming skills.
We will look at 'distractors' and vocabulary commonly used to mislead candidates and ways to avoid losing marks. Additionally, students will look at Target Language-English translation techniques, including ways in which they can overcome translating difficult phrases without changing the meaning of the original text/sentences.
MFL Writing Masterclass
Case study: working in partnership for effective outcomes
CTC Training & Consultancy were able to provide us with a full package for our MFL needs. We worked with them to design a day that targeted Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening; this was exactly what we wanted, and we had not been able to find this support anywhere else!
The highly experienced Senior Examiner linguist designed a high impact day that targeted the whole year group of learners for Spanish and French, we were able to have input with what we wanted to be included within the day, and it felt like a partnership working together to achieve success, rather than being given a set format for the day; we were even able to use some of our own resources, with the examiner implementing them within his planning, so that we were not confusing the learners and we were still working with formats that we use in school.
The Consultant from CTC built instant rapport with our learners.
A walking-talking mock was performed for our Reading and Writing examinations and
we used CTC’s product, The Assessment Box: MFL Audio package for our Listening tests. It was useful to have different recordings to work with, as we had exhausted much of what is currently available in class.
Our speaking workshop was held on a separate day, and it gave the learners experience of using GCSE style speaking cards, and having examination style strategies reinforced by someone who was not the teacher, was invaluable.
I would recommend this service to any MFL department, as it gives learners an additional opportunity to practise the skills needed to do well in the Summer exams!
Laura Siviter – Head of MFL – Lordsword Girls’ School, BIRMINGHAM