Ideas to exploit links to Olympics in MFL:

  • Could just do usual topic of Sport/Freetime, but substitute Olympic sports and authentic materials
  • Athletes as a theme – look at daily routine, special diet and exercise regime, healthy living - compare between sports/countries
  • History of theOlympic games – from Greece via French rebirth to Berlin 1936 controversy
  • Hospitality &tourism linked to creating multilingual resources for both athletes andtourists
  • Compare foods andrecipes from each country in original language
  • Transport – plan andcost routes for athletes and tourists to get to London using real websites intarget language.
  • Athletes haveinjuries too; link to parts of the body, health, doctors & sportstherapists
  • Commentary – challenge students to commentate ‘live’ in French/German/Spanish etc. or use aclip for a group to plan, write and practise before recording their own.
  • Think about audience – if you make it, show off and share it either via website/blog/vle - maybe we can link them all up?
  • Can your class design a Smartphone app for French/German/Spanish speaking tourists visiting the games and London this summer?
  • Hampshire Schools - EMTAS (Ethnic Minority and Travellers Advisory Service) are looking for participants to join a multilingual olympic event - for details download and complete the attached and return to EMTAS using the address/email in the document.

Online resources:

https://talkaboutprimarymfl.wikispaces.com/Olympics2012
Website collecting free teacher-made resources, worksheets, powerpoints etc. Aimed at KS1 and 2 but many resources equally usable with KS3.
http://mflhampshire.wikispaces.com/Olympics+2012
Same as above but with a KS3 / 4 / 5 bias.
http://www.linksintolanguages.ac.uk/resources/2516
A linked-up primary French project with resources based on the 7 Olympic and Paralympic Values
http://www.linksintolanguages.ac.uk/resources/2522
KS3/4 Linked-up project with resources looking at sport today from all kinds of angles in order to motivate and engage students.
http://www.linksintolanguages.ac.uk/resources/2536
KS3/4 Project with resources looking at using the tourism spin-off from the Olympics as a theme
Useful websites
http://www.primaryteaching.co.uk/ has resources that you pay for, but includes some achievement or reward stickers in German, Spanish & French with the Olympic rings
http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/mfl/index.php?category_id=54&s=!B121cf29d70ec8a3d54a33343010cc2
Lancashire Grid for Learning ready-made free resources and links for MFL
http://www.ilanguages.co.uk/crosscurriculum.php
Suggestions and links for KS3 Spanish French and German from the iLanguages team.
http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm
eTwinning website great way to link with schools around the world on projects – join a ready-made one or start your own.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15058047
Article with links about Shakespeares plays being performed in many languages to coincide with the London 2012 olympics
Books & published resources:

«Take Ten en Français », « en Espanol » & « auf Deutsch »
Published by Devon Learning & Development Partnership www.devonldp.org
Pocket sized books with CD’s of rhymes / music / karaoke & a DVD demonstrating activities , linking language learning to PE in short easy activities written with differentiation for non-linguists and specialists alike, use it yourself to 'wake them up' or start a language-leader / sports leader transition scheme and get the students to lead activities with younger classes.

« À la Française »ISBN 978-1-905275-25-0 published by Authentik www.authentik.com
A cross-curricular approach to learning French, aimed at KS2 but could equally spark projects at KS3 and get away from the usual dull textbooks.

Soccerlingua – Interactive DVD published by www.soccerlingua.net
Website & DVD uses football as the theme, it’s a virtual football tournament with engaging multilingual resources in Spanish, Italian & German.

«Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques » by Goscinny. ISBN 2-205-00320-8 (try Amazon or European School books)
Also a film available on DVD.
Cartoon adventure for KS3/4, read extracts in class, or exploit pages one at a time on IWB, work on pronunciation and playing with words, discuss the validity and respect held for graphic novels in France.

«C’est moi, le champion » par Philip Waechter. ISBN 2-7459-2272-6 (popular book available from lots of stockists including European Schoolbooks & Little Linguist)
A boys determination to become a footballer- perfect for Year 6 or KS3 (&KS4) short sentences in future tense – ‘Quand je serai grand, je serai un footballeur très célèbre. On me reconnaîtra dans la rue...’

«Ce n’est pas mon passe-temps » Rosalie Eisenstein, part of the Galaxie series of readers by Heinemann. ISBN 0 435 99767-X
Upper KS2 or KS3, short reader about a girl who has been asked to write a letter in her French lesson about her ‘pastimes’ but she doesn’t have any.

«C’est moi le plus fort » Mario Ramos ISBN 978-2-211-06905-2 popular book widely available including Amazon/European Bookstore.
Upper KS2 / KS3 Looking at Olympic values rather than sport despite the title (I’m the strongest) = a bullying wolf learns his lesson in an unusual forest.

YouTube clips
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_5OUMlV3pI The offical London Olympics trailer in French.

Les Oeufs Olympiques
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUIES_1eoww&feature=related - subversive and wickedly funny spoof video in French.


Odd worksheets here and there:
AQA style worksheet from TES Resources 'Karukera'
http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Healthy-Living-sport-6165693/
KS4 Reading activity with Olympic theme TES resources 'MFLTeacher1'
http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Olympics-French-6162532/