9 Ways to Use Authentic Language Snippets in Your Classroom!

by Holly Meehan
May 5, 2017

Authentic Language Snippets

Wait, what snippets?

We share quotes from our authentic language videos on Twitter! Each week we pick a GCSE topic ― such as healthy eating, weekend plans, or social issues such as homelessness and unemployment ― and share three related quotes from thisislanguage.com videos every day, one in each language! You can find the quotes on our Twitter and Pinterest pages, or by searching #RealFrench, #RealSpanish or #RealGerman.

As the quotes come straight from our videos, they are all authentic as well as being Twitter length, (140 characters or less), making them bitesize linguistic models. If you’re looking for some manageable, authentic reading resources, these quotes could be just the thing. They are extremely versatile and hand-picked for you by native speakers, taking into account curriculum alignment as well as linguistic variety.

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They sound great but what exactly do you propose I do with them?

To start with, keep an eye out for a tweet that you think is interesting or that relates to the topic you’re currently teaching, not forgetting that searching the hashtags will allow you to see all of the ones we’ve already posted.

 

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Then, take a look at these practical suggestions from other teachers on how to make use of the quotes in the classroom:

1. Parse the phrase: try these prompts with students:

        Find the verbs – which tense/person are they in?

        Find the nouns – which genders are they?

        Are there any adjectives? How are they agreed?

2. Negation: get students to convert the sentence into a negative.

3. Focus on vocab: ask students to come up with as many synonyms as possible for key vocab in the sentence.

4. Reported speech: get students to convert first-person opinions/statements into the third person or reported speech.

5. Summarise: ask students to write a sentence that sums up the quote, without using any of the same words.

6. Tense work: get students to ‘transpose’ the sentence into the tense you’re currently working on/as many different tenses as possible (as revision).

7. Translation: get students to translate the sentence into English.

8. Question deduction: ask students to work out the question the speaker is responding to.

9. Get personal: ask students to write a sentence on the same topic about their own life.

How do you use thisislanguage.com in your classroom? We’d love to hear your ideas or feature your techniques in a blog post! Get in touch on Twitter @thisislanguage or email holly@thisislanguage.com.

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