This weekend we’re heading out to France to film a pilot of a new series which will be aimed particularly at language-learners in schools. Having spoken to lots of language teachers one of the most common requests is for content which focuses on “sample answers” for speaking and writing assessments. What we’ve decided to do is try interviewing people in the streets and asking lots of people the same question(s), in an attempt to get lots of developed answers to the types of questions which you may well be asking your own students in their speaking assessments.

We’re not 100% sure of how the final product will look, but we’re hoping that we’ll be able to develop a series of short videos which will feature lots of people talking about the same topic which will be easy to watch and include in your lesson plans. They’ll be well-produced and available in formats perfect for the classroom and viewing on interactive whiteboards, etc.

We need your help!

Obviously as teachers we have our own ideas of the questions we’d like to ask, but our experience tends to be from Scottish classrooms. We’d like your input on the type of questions you would like us to ask our interviewees – the type of questions you ask your own students in class and in assessments. We’d like to stick to the level of questions that are easy for passers-by to answer – nothing too complicated or deep, and concentrating more on topics such as family, travel, education and work, likes and dislikes, dreams and aspirations, etc., rather than more complex topics such as the environment, immigration, etc. Equally, we hope we’ll get developed answers so want to make the questions as open-ended as possible.

We’ve already had some input (thank you!) from teachers who were involved in the MFL Flashmeeting last Monday, but we’d like more! The suggested questions are listed below:

  1. Where would you like to live if you didn’t live here and why?
  2. What was the first thing you did this morning?
  3. How do you normally spend your weekend?
  4. If you were an animal, which animal would you be and why?
  5. Where do you normally go on holiday and why?
  6. What is the typical food of this area?
  7. What sports do you play?

Remember, we’re trying to get questions which will be useful to you in preparing your own students to talk about their lives, experiences, etc. 

We head out first thing on Saturday morning, so post your ideas in the comments as soon as possible! Many thanks in advance. By the way, if this works we’ll be doing the same in German and Spanish soon!

Thanks in advance!

    3 replies to "Calling all language teachers… we’d like your help!"

    • Adam Sutcliffe

      What would you do if you won the lottery?
      What is / was your favourite subject at school? Why?
      What makes a good teacher?
      What is your dream job?

    • Hanifa K. Cook

      1. Do you try to eat a type of foreign food at least once a week?
      2. What type of shoes do you like wearing?
      3. Do you write to your friends?
      4. Do you like your natural hair colour?
      5. Do you drive?
      6. How often do you swim?
      7. What type of fruit is best for your health?

    • Cristy

      1. What do you do to protect our planet?
      2. Do you recycle? If so, what types of programs are in place in your town?
      3. How do you feel about the transportation choices in your area?
      4. How do humanitarian organisations in your area communicate their mission to the public? Is it effective?
      5. What efforts are being made in your town to encourage pet owners to clean up after their pets in public places?
      6. How important is it for children to sit down to dinner with their parents nowadays?
      7. Are there competitive sports teams in the high schools in your town?
      8. What does your town do to help immigrants acclimate to their adopted country?
      9. How commercial have holidays become in your country?
      10. Do children have household responsibilities?

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