Meeting the Teachers’ Standards – MFL 
Standard 1
Watch this video clip from Teachers’ TV about raising expectations. Make notes about the key strategies used. 
Read the blog post below and make a list of 8-10 key ‘take aways’ Read the 2018 Sutton Trust report ‘Potential for success’ and write a 600-word summary of the main points – imagine that you will be asked to present this at a staff meeting. 
Standard 2
The Teaching Council’s Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review (2016) was a seminal report which made a number of evidence-based recommendations about MFL pedagogy. Read the report making notes on barriers to progress in MFL and elements of MFL teaching which are linked to pupil progress. 
Read the Ofsted report Key Stage 3: the wasted years; take note of any points made which particularly resonate with your teaching experience to date, either generally or with regard to a particular group. 
Seneca is currently offering 7 free CPD courses to teachers. Two of the courses are in metacognition and cognitive science, related to the Standard 2 requirement to ‘demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how pupils learn and how these impact on teaching’. 
Standard 3
MFL Pedagogy
This link to a narrated presentation contains ideas for teaching and behaviour management:
Join the ‘Film in Language Teaching Association’ (FILTA) You can access ideas and resources linked to using films in the MFL classroom.
Sign up for an online course on how to use short films in MFL teaching: 
Look at the list of ideas for online resources and choose one of the ‘Sharing videos’ suggestions. Write a lesson plan, on your own format, to show how you could use one of these platforms.46 Ideas: How To Teach Online TeacherToolkit 
Also from Linguascope, there are presentations on a range of MFL themes, including phonics, cultural capital, speaking and writing etc.
Look at this blog post about strategies for how to use the TL more in lessons. Write a list to summarise all the advice you have been given about using the TL in school, at university and from your reading. 
Have a look at this archive of MFL teaching strategies from ALL. Go to the section on Creativity in particular and the Découvertes 1 link. Have a look at the lesson on murder mystery and make a brief plan about how you could use realia in TL, that you have at home, to create a mystery or murder mystery lesson.  
Go to YouTube to watch one of Steve Smith’s ( CPD sessions. Choose one (or more) and summarise the content so that you can remember it and you could share ideas with another student. 
Language practice
 Download a free book in target language from Audible:
Watch 2-3 one-minute films in your second teaching language and make a note of any new language you have learned.  (You can also access earlier films)
Go to BBC GCSE Bitesize and complete the papers for the higher level in your second teaching language. Make a note of vocabulary and structures that were new to you or which you need to practise more. Also, make a note of any exam strategies you want to pass on to your pupils. 
Find a series or film on YouTube or Netflix which would be suitable for Key Stage 3 classes. Make a note of any new vocabulary or structures that were new to you. Find one short sequence that could be used for practice of a particular language point. Create a brief plan for the lesson this could be used for.
Go to the Open University website and choose a free language course: 
Go to and put in code UKTWINKLHELPS. Find resources for a cultural topic and make a note of the language being practised. For example, look for resources about Easter in France, Spain or Germany.
Sign up to Duolingo and practise your language -especially your second teaching language on your phone for free.
Standard 4
Look at the list of suggestions for ICT ideas:
Do a search online (on Facebook: “Secondary MFL matters” for example) for new games/activities which you have never done before.  You could create a list (including an explanation of how to carry each activity) and then create activity templates for each of them.  
Access lesson ideas here: 
Have a look at the now free resources from Pearson’s (link below).  These can help to create lessons to practise exam skills (KS4 and KS5): 
Standard 5
Complete a MOOC on a specific special need.  See an explanation here of what MOOCs are: For example, there is a free MOOC on dyslexia and MFL teaching. It starts 20th April. 
Read the following EAL toolkit with some basic strategies of how to adapt lessons to make them accessible to EAL students and adapt one or more lessons that you have already taught incorporating these strategies: 
Standard 6
Go onto the AQA website for German/French/Spanish/Italian and familiarise yourself with the mark schemes and grade boundaries to assess speaking, listening, reading and writing both Foundation and Higher from each skill. Do some moderation of pieces:  find specimen papers on the exam boards websites (AQA for example), mark sample tasks, then compare your marking with that of the trained examiners (“examiner’s reports”).   
The OU offer free online courses in assessment in specific subjects. Here is the link for Assessment in MFL: 
Become more familiarised with A level requirements for any of your languages. Read one of the recommended texts for Year 13 and watch one of the recommended films for Year 12 for example. You could write a sample assignment, based on the typical exam questions related to the film or book. These could be exploited in class as a WAGOLL (What a good one looks like). 
Standard 7
Watch the 2 video clips (Teaching with Bayley) and write down some take aways – how do the difficulties faced by these teachers mirror your own experiences? 
Re-read Tom Bennett’s independent review of behaviour in schools which was mentioned in lectures in the autumn term. In the light of your experience to date, make a list of the points which resonate with your experience to date, or which strike you for the first time. 
Standard 8
Deploying support staff:Look at this research from the EEF about working with teaching assistants: 
Contact with parents/carers:Practise writing end of term reports for 3 pupils you have taught, making reference to progress, effort, behaviour and areas to improve. Ask your Head of Department or NQT mentor to check them.
Supporting language learning:Look at this document about ‘How to help your child at home: MFL’. is from the Twinkl website. Recreate this document for how families can help pupils doing GCSE – not revision – but about supporting their language learning. You could also put a document together with the advantages of learning a language. Look at: 
Extracurricular activities:Look at the kind of activities that are organised by Routes into Languages and make a plan for what you would like to do in your first 2-3 years in your first teaching post. It could be an activity based on the ideas from Routes into Languages or something else that you would like to organise. 

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