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

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New Hypersheets!

by Holly Meehan
February 9, 2017
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These are not just any worksheets, these are TIL Hypersheets! Wait, what are they? Worksheets, but way better! Brand new to thisislanguage.com, our Hypersheets are designed to be a full and comprehensive, ready-prepared lesson, testing students on all four key skills. Each Hypersheet is built from a series of listening, reading, writing and speaking exercises

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New Features: September 2016

by Holly Meehan
September 7, 2016
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This summer, we’ve made loads of updates to thisislanguage.com, to make it better than ever for you and your students. Here’s the low-down:   German Grammar The German grammar section is now ready to go! It includes teacher-written explanations of all of the grammar points set out in the new GCSE specifications, accompanied by comprehensive,

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The Nutty Champions! (UK version)

by Holly Meehan
December 18, 2015
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The Nutty Tilez competition was a resounding success, with students all over the world battling it out to be named Nutty Tilez Champions! We’ve spent the last few weeks catching up with the winners, and here they all are: French   Aria S, Harrow Aria was in the competition right from the very beginning, and he

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The Nutty Champions! (US version)

by Holly Meehan
December 18, 2015
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The Nutty Tilez competition went down a storm in the US, with students battling head to head in hours of fast and furious typing. We’ve been talking to the winners about their success, and the downfall of Demon Dante! French Jasmine L, Deep Run High Jasmine was one of many students from Deep Run High

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Nutty Tilez goes viral!

by Holly Meehan
December 15, 2015
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The Nutty Tilez competition was a huge success! We were amazed by the students’ lightning-speed typing and high level of linguistic ability, but more than anything we were bowled over by their enthusiasm. Many students devoted hours, and in some cases even days, to battling against Demon Dante and his pesky partners in crime… One such student was

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Nutty Tilez Competition!

by Holly Meehan
November 13, 2015
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For a long time it’s been our dream to hold an enormous, international Nutty Tilez contest, with students battling it out to try to knock Demon Dante from his Nutty throne… Now, finally, the Nutty Tilez Competition is here! What? International Nutty Tilez Competition! Start date December 2nd End Date December 4th GMT start time 2pm GMT end

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Free Twilight CPD Session – Patcham High – Brighton – 8th July

by George
June 30, 2015
The winner takes it all...

We are delighted to introduce Amy Doonan, an MFL teacher from Patcham High School in Brighton. Amy has been using www.thisislanguage.com for over a year now and is so enthusiastic about it she will be running a FREE Twilight CPD Session on “Authentic Videos for your MFL Classroom” on Wednesday 8th of July at Patcham High School.

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¿How’s Your New Year’s Resolution Going?

by Anna Wainwright
January 29, 2015
2015 Resolutions

Why does everybody seem to hate New Year’s resolutions so much? Is it because somewhere around the 3.5 week mark, on a day The Independent calls “Fail Friday”, we are doomed to fail hopelessly? I don’t remember ever having been disappointed in anybody else for not reaching their slightly overambitious goals, so it must be

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What’s the Point?

by Anna Wainwright
December 4, 2014
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When over 1.2 billion people speak English to one degree or another, how do you convince someone that learning another language is actually very valuable (and fun)? Considering that 3 out of 4 of those English speakers aren’t even native speakers, that is a mind-blowing number of people who have learnt English on top of

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Tweet Real Language

by George
May 8, 2014
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Morning! We’re very excited to announce a new feature for teachers; you can now tweet any part of any video directly from the site. We’re hoping to build up a great library of tweets, selected by MFL teachers, based on authentic responses from our videos and we’re using the hashtags #RealFrench, #RealSpanish and #RealGerman. Here’s

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A French Grammar Video about iPhones

by George
March 7, 2014
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We had a lot of fun making our first micro-grammar video for the past tense in French. Don’t worry, we haven’t “left out” anything; we’re just going to make sure that each video is truly bite-sized. Videos on -re and -ir verbs, verbs which take être, reflexive verbs, irregular past participles, PDOs and negatives are

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A quick survey for our budding linguists…

by George
March 29, 2012
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If you have 5 minutes to spare, please take the time to fill in this really easy and mostly-multiple-choice survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZYFMD8T 10 questions. Probably 2 minutes to complete… Merci bien!  

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French and Football: Arsenal’s Double Club

by George
February 7, 2012
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On Monday evening I was invited to Emirates Stadium in Arsenal by my friend Samir Singh who works for Arsenal in the Community’s education scheme called “Arsenal Double Club“. Arsenal have been doing sterling work in the field of promoting Language learning in schools. Their “Double Club” programme (45 minutes in the classroom, 45 minutes

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Why do we need saving?

by George
January 24, 2012

There was an interesting article in the Telegraph yesterday about the slump in MFL learning in schools. It’s something we’ve all suspected, foreseen and dreaded for some time and now the DFE has given us the statistics: in GCSEs last year our 3 core languages fell year-on-year as follows: French down -15% ( to 154,221

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