I had a great day down in Croydon yesterday at the Exploring Excellence in MFL conference. As promised I have uploaded the slides from my keynote address An Inspector calls.
In my talk I referred to the subject specific guidance for Ofsted inspectors making subject survey visits; the full document can be downloaded here and the information about changes to the inspection framework from September onwards is here. I also referred to the Ofsted report Modern Languages: achievement and challenge 2007 -2010.
I have written in previous posts about some of the things covered in my talk, such as making the most of occasions like Mother’s day to develop intercultural understanding and the use of Wordles. I also referred briefly to Greg Horton’s group talk project and gave an example of a joke as an authentic resource.
When it comes to using video clips and audio clips there are a couple of useful tools that can help you make the resources more accessible to your learners. Many video clips, such as those from Youtube can be downloaded using Realplayer and then converted using Realplayer software to other formats including .wmv (to play using Windows media player) and .mp3 audio files. Audacity is a very useful free recording and editing tool which can be used to slow down the speed of an audio track; I have written about how to do that here.