ALL Cambs branch event 19/05

May 19, 2010

It was great to meet so many of you today. You can see most of the slides from my presentation on the Presentations page. As promised here are the links to the websites I mentioned today:

5 rules for good/bad design of flags (French). This PDF includes good and bad examples of each rule.

SCIAF youth – video resources and blog about life in the Democratic republic of Congo.  The same site has just produced some resources in Spanish about Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Rules for the game of football, including the those concerning the size etc of the ball, pitch etc

The FIFA website in French for the 2010 world cup has information not only about the teams participating but also about the host country.  The same information is also available in German,  and Spanish

You can find information about Didier Drogba on wikipedia or on his own website

This is the link to the  video of the song  Ja der Fußball ist rund wie die Welt and here is the text.


World cup 2010 footballs – Fair trade?

May 19, 2010

The 2010 World cup is a great opportunity to look at some wider issues such as Fair trade, working conditions,  and child labour. 

Here’s a video in German about the production of Fair trade footballs:

You can find more information in French about the production of Fair trade footballs here and here.

In German the site Fuβball ohne Grenzen has some useful resources and information as does this site about the manufacturers of sports goods.

For a creative advert in German for Fair trade products have a look at this video:

Voll korrekt from oekofair on Vimeo.

And this is a video showing how the footballs used in the World cup are produced:

and you can read more about the production of footballs for the World cup here.

Fair trade resources – orange juice, jeans and trainers!

May 17, 2010

In a previous post I mentioned that UK charities often have excellent resources which can be used to promote the global dimension through languages. The Oxfam site Magasins du monde based in Belgium has this great video about the production of fairtrade orange juice, which could be used to explore lifestyles, make comparisons and develop an awareness of global issues:

The same site has other useful resources which could be used as part of a cross curricular project using the global dimension to link languages with subjects such as geography and citizenship. This dossier Le parcours d’un jean addresses issues such as the production of cotton and raises awareness of working conditions in those parts of the world where fashion goods are produced.

The Jeu de la basket involves working out some numbers from some clues in French and then discussing how these figures relate to the production, promotion and sale of trainers. The clues might need to be altered slightly, depending on the ability of the class but the activity is one that could be adapted to other contexts.

Best online resources for learning Chinese #3 Nciku dictionary

May 14, 2010

In a previous post I’ve written about the online glossary at Chinesepod.  This comes with words either on their own or in phrases/sentences together with sound files.  The main limitation of this glossary is that the words/phrases all come from the 1300 + podcasts so there will be gaps.

For a more comprehensive online dictionary there’s   The main features of this site which are of benefit to the language learner are:

  • The facility to cut and paste in characters or Pinyin from another source into the search feature.
  • Words are put into a context, either in a phrase or a sentence.
  • Animated characters which show how a character is formed, the stroke order and the number of strokes.
  • The facility on the dictionary homepage to draw a character using the mouse (or pen on an interactive whiteboard) as part of the search function.  This works in the same way as predictive text and a series of characters to choose from appear in an adjacent window as you write a character.
  • Vocabulary arranged by theme in a kind of picture dictionary.  This section has sound files and if you hover your mouse over the characters you can see the pinyin as well, so you can opt to see both or challenge yourself to recognise the characters.
  • A huge range of sample conversations which are constantly being added to.  There’s even one here on the Shanghai expo .
  • It’s available as a IPhone or Itouch app from Itunes, although reviews suggest that this is not as good as the online version.
  • Links to online radio, community pages and quizzes.

My one main criticism of the site is that the sound files are of an inferior quality compared to the Chinesepod ones.  I suspect that they are  computer generated text to sound files rather than having been specially recorded.  That aside both I and my learners have found it an extremely useful site.  Enjoy!

Video resource for Spanish

May 13, 2010

Many of leading UK charities have resources to support the Global dimension in the curriculum, be they worksheets, photos or videos.  Some resources, like this video from CAFOD,  contain interviews in a target language, in this case Spanish.  It shows how a family living at altitude in Bolivia tending their alpacas are battling against the effects of climate change, and could be useful resource for a cross curricular project.

ALL Cambs twilight event

May 11, 2010

I shall be speaking at the ALL Cambs Twilight event on Wednesday 19th May to be held at Comberton Village college from 4.30 – 6.00 pm, under the title of “Rattling the cage – liberating your curriculum through themed and cross curricular approaches”.  Full details of this free event are available here.