Making Every MFL Lesson Count

Six principles to support modern foreign language teaching

By: James A. Maxwell


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Size: 216 x 135mm

Pages : 192

ISBN: 9781785833960

Format: Paperback

Published: November 2019


James A. Maxwell's Making Every MFL Lesson Count: Six principles to support modern foreign language teaching shows modern foreign languages (MFL) teachers how they can take their students on a learning journey that both educates and inspires.

Writing in the practical, engaging style of the award-winning Making Every Lesson Count, experienced MFL teacher James A. Maxwell empowers educators with the strategies and know-how to boost their students' attainment, engagement and enthusiasm in the MFL classroom.

Making Every MFL Lesson Count is underpinned by six pedagogical principles – challenge, explanation, modelling, practice, feedback and questioning – and helps MFL teachers ensure that students leave their lessons with richer vocabulary, a better grasp of grammar and the skills and confidence to put the language learnt into practice. Bursting with templates, examples and flexible frameworks, this gimmick-free guide provides educators with a range of practical techniques designed to enhance their students' linguistic awareness and help them transfer the target language into long-term memory.

James skilfully marries evidence-based practice with collective experience and, in doing so, inspires a challenging approach to secondary school MFL teaching. Furthermore, he concludes each chapter with a series of questions that will inspire reflective thought and encourage teachers to relate the content to their own classroom practice.

Suitable for MFL teachers of students aged 11–18 years.


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James A. Maxwell

An MFL teacher with twenty years' classroom experience, James A. Maxwell is principal of Carrickfergus Grammar School and winner of the London German Embassy's 2005 UK German Teacher Award. He has worked with the BBC on the development of their educational resources and has presented at various regional conferences, including on the use of digital media assets in modern languages education.


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