These next few weeks, we’re trying to convince the year 9s to carry on with a language or two. Here’s my thinking for…
The Options Lesson.
STARTER: Brainstorm every reason to learn a language. Could be done as a Think Pair Share. Students can then share with the class. Some commentary from teacher probably required to clarify, explain and correct. Typical answers include
Travel, teaching, interpreting, translating, fun, challenge, interaction with others, live abroad, get girls, get guys etc.
MAIN – 3 sections of approx 10 minutes each
Section 1: English is not enough
Quiz using powerpoint from TES. Slides 8-12 On this powerpoint you will find:
- Guess the amount of speakers
- Guess the percentage of people in Europe who speak…
- Match the language to the people who speak it
The last activity may require some updating so modern multilinguals include Roger Federer, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston and more found here
The percentage question and the guess the amount activity could be done on mini-whiteboards so every student has to think about the answer.
You could also share some quotes from celebs found on the internet if you so choose. Mandela is my personal favourite:
Section 2: Skills and Business
Explain skills that can be gained by learning language using above PowerPoint.
Give pupils a list of 10 jobs and work out how a language could be useful in those jobs. Alternatively ask them to generate a list of jobs, give it to another group who then suggest how a language could be used.
Here are some if you are pressed for time:
- Walkers Crisps Employee
- BMW Employee
- Easyjet Steward/Stewardess
- Hotel Receptionist
- Surf Instructor
- Civil Servant
- NHS Frontline staff.
Get pupils to generate a list of French / German / Spanish companies that have links with the UK. The list below is just to get you started.
- French: Christian Dior, L’Oreal, Michelin, Peugeot, Renault, EDF, Agence France Presse, Bugatti.
- German: Audi, Siemens, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Adidas, Haribo, Aldi, Lidl, Puma, Hugo Boss, Bauhaus, Bayer, Carl Zeiss, Bosch, Kraft,
- Hispanic: SEAT, BBVA, Santander, Iberia, Alpargatas, Topper, CoronaExtra
Ok, maybe don’t mention that last one…
This section of the lesson finishes with this:
Section 3: What about Brexit?
“Brexit means Brexit” we were told. Most students seem aware that we will leave the E.U and some believe all sorts of weird and wonderful things about what this means. Regardless of your view when it came to leave or remain, and regardless of what kind of Brexit we go through, languages will remain vital to trade, business and growth of the UK economy.
Share the following statements with students. The links to the original websites have been added so that you can fact check the statements.
“Language skills are vital for our exports, education, public services and diplomacy.” – All Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Foreign Languages. Article found here
Lack of language skills costs the UK £48,000,000,000 a year in lost trade- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills). Quoted in The Guardian here
30% of UK businesses have no need for foreign language skills – Confederation of British Industry. Also found in Guardian here. Conclusion from this one, 70% would welcome someone with language skills
¨If I’m selling to you, I speak your language. If you’re selling to me, dann müssen sie Deutsch sprechen” – Willy Brandt
75% of the world speaks no English. -Routes into Languages quote this statistic in a helpful article here
“Brexit means higher priority for language skills. If we found it challenging to deal with the 24 official and working languages of the EU and the Single Market, let’s consider that there are 164 members of the World Trade Organisation. Each potential trading partner and regulator will be requiring precise negotiations. New relationships require trust, reliability and cultural empathy – those soft skills that come from knowledge of other languages and cultures.”- Bernadette Holmes MP. Original article here
Coming in to land now… I will try and explain what the GCSE entails and how they make their choices. All the normal warnings “don’t pick subjects based on friends/teacher preference/perceived ease/novelty”etc will be given at this point. We will conclude with a video:
Finish off with Options Girl
And/Or finish with Lindsay.
During my “research” for this lesson. I stumbled across the British Council video below. It sadly does not fit in to what I plan to do, however their series of videos are pretty good.
Also considered using this one…
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