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The Language Teacher Toolkit by Steve Smith and Gianfranco Conti is now available from Amazon.

DSC00855Updated March 2017

New CiLT. "As well as our free online CPD resources, we offer a variety of primary MFL training courses and workshops both for local groups and as bespoke support for individual or clusters of schools. Training, support and consultancy is designed to assist Head Teachers, governors, primary MFL coordinators, class teachers or teaching assistants."

Fun with French is a blog with lots of good ideas for the primary French teacher.

A blatant self-plug, but Frenchteacher.net has a good range of primary resources on the Y7 page, including parallel reading, games, lesson plans, simple worksheets and simple grammar. There are free samples.

Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative is from Ireland.

Culturethèque from the Institut Français has modules by Catherine Cheater to download.

Languages in primary schools Facebook group

iPad Ideas in Primary MFL

Changing Phase is by well known primary consultant Clare Seccombe. Her speciality is Spanish but her practical ideas can be applied to other languages. Check her blog for latest news and views about primary languages.

Zut Junior (UK) is part of the Language Skills site. It is a subscription site during the day (£40). Catherine Murphy says: "In this site, you will find a list of topics ... and for each topic exercises for reading, writing and listening skills. We have followed the guidelines of the National Curriculum for MFL at KS2." You will find powerpoints and interactive exercises. The powerpoints incorporate sound and clear pictures. The ones I've looked at are good.

Jack Hunt School, Peterborough, has put together some useful resources.

Primary Languages Network (Formerly known as the Janet Lloyd Network) has lots of ideas and resources. To belong to the network and benefit from its services schools pay an annual fee.

Traditional French rhymes and songs

John Bald/Language and Literacy is from independent consultant John Bald. His French Toolkit has excellent practical advice and information.

West Sussex County Council has a range of resources, links and advice.There are ready-made schemes of work with lots of supporting documentation.

Madame Belle Feuille is a blog by Shannon Wiebe. The emphasis is on practical ideas.

The British Council has a primary languages starter pack you can download, written by Kati Szeless. This deals with, among other things, how to make best use of a language assistant. There is also a powerpoint which can be used for an assembly on language learning.

French Teacher for Kids includes free resources such as videos.

Sharing Languages was set up by Clare Seccombe to allow teachers to share ideas and resources. It covers all Key Stages.

Bonjour les Amis(Can) has delightful animations with sound for use with the interactive board. A must see!

Crickweb has a range of French games for primary level.

A Green Mouse has video resources and other activities for younger learners. Could also be used at Key Stage 3.

Education Scotland has all sorts of ideas, including video clips showing good practice.

Hiltingbury French has a scheme of work with many resources, including some for listening.

Comptines et chansons pour enfants (Fr) has a mine of subtitled video nursery rhymes and songs for young children.

French Songs for Primary (UK) has French songs for primary level.

French Games (UK) has simple games such as pelmanism and hangman for beginners and near beginners. A wide range of basic topics is covered.

GrowStoryGrow (UK)is a subscription site with some free stories when you register. Very clear, good graphics and nicely read recordings.

Primary Games Arena (UK) has a collection of interactive games.

Poisson Rouge (UK) has material children can use on a computer or which can be used for presenting vocabulary from the front.

Languages Online from Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe(UK) has Hot Potato and Spellmaster exercises. Very clear, very usable. Click on the Primary section.

The Atantôt (UK) site is one of the best sites for interactive board resources. You have to pay a small annual registration fee (£40), but it is worth it. The visuals are striking and clear.

Some attractive PowerPoints with songs at eTools for Language Teachers

French Numbers (UK) is a new site from Ryan Love which helps learners master French numbers. As simple as that!

The Mama Lisa site has lots of French songs for beginners with MP3 files to go with them.

Hello-World (USA) has attractive interactive games, activities and songs which could also be used on an interactive whiteboard.

The Grid (Hertfordshire Grid for Learning) (UK) has advice, links and some resources (e.g. phrases for wall display).

Teachers' TV (UK) produced 15 minute videos showing examples of good practice.

Tomlitoo has animal alphabet posters to print.

The BBC has activities and links.

Teaching Ideas (UK) has a great list of classroom games.

Primary Resources (UK) has some free worksheets and lesson tips for young learners.

Light Bulb Languages (UK) has a KS2 scheme of work, many resources and lesson plans. Curated by Clare Seccombe, primary teacher and consultant. Recommended.

Taskmagic (UK) has games and activities if you pay the large one-off subscription.

Lasouris-web (Fr) is a links page to all sorts of interactive games for very young (pre-school) learners in France. Worth looking through this.

La Maternelle de Moustache (Fr) is aimed at French nursery schools, but has some useful materials for us.