A Webinar with Rachel Hawkes: Making Practice Meaningful




PowerPoint link to be published in NCELP page 17/12/20

Session description

This webinar is the second of two December webinars led by Rachel Hawkes. They are in aid of a project to provide for the essential needs of children in the Casa Hogar Amor de Dios orphanages in Arequipa, Perú. Please made a donation, no matter how small, to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rachel-hawkes

Meaningful practice activities provide an element of language control whilst compelling students to making meaningful choices when carrying them out.  In this session, we examine the principles of task design and explore a wide range of examples across both modes (receptive and productive) and modalities (oral and written).

All resources (French, German, Spanish) are freely downloadable from the NCELP Resource Portal. There will also be the chance to see Sanako Connect in action, using meaningful practice tasks to support remote teaching and learning (in Peru!).


Dr Rachel Hawkes is an influential and renowned speaker as well as past President of the Association for Language Learning (ALL), an experienced Head of Modern Languages, AST and SLE.  Co-author of several textbooks, including the Pearson textbook for GCSE Spanish (¡Viva!) and the KS3 Stimmt! course for German, Rachel has both MEd and PhD from Cambridge University, focusing on teacher and learner interaction in the secondary languages’ classroom.  She is currently seconded as Co-Director NCELP, the National Centre for Excellence for Language Pedagogy.

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00:45:07 Helen McFarlane: Good evening everyone from North Wales – fluffy pink marshmallow clouds here!
00:45:36 Laura Danese: Yes, I am!
00:45:40 Lynne: yes I am Love it
00:45:43 Lauren Sharpe: ALL member here!
00:45:43 N Shabestari: Yes, I am.
00:45:49 Francisca Guzman: Yes, I am and it is a great way to feel connected and up to date with this ever changing year
00:45:51 Steven Fawkes: I’ve been a member of ALL since 1990
00:45:58 Marie-Cécile Besancon-Seed: yes
00:45:59 Helen McFarlane: Oh yes! The ALL Christmas party is this evening, too!
00:46:03 Meryl Wakeman: My whole department belongs to ALL
00:46:13 Liz Fotheringham: Yes, I’m a member, and also on the London branch committee.
00:46:20 Marie-Odile Guillou : Yes, I am a member of ALL too!
00:46:24 Karine Chevalier-Watts: This is my 2nd year as a member of ALL. 🙂
00:46:42 Carmen: Yes I am subscribed. Excellent CPDs & webinars
00:48:13 Steven Fawkes: Please let other people know about ALL and get them to join in. We love people who do things!
00:48:34 Helen Myers: This webinar is one of two December webinars led by Rachel Hawkes. They are in aid of a project to provide for the essential needs of children in the Casa Hogar Amor de Dios orphanages in Arequipa, Perú. Please made a donation, no matter how small, via Rachel’s JustGiving site here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rachel-hawkes
00:49:54 Helen McFarlane: Thank you, Helen
00:59:52 Rosemary: nouns and gender of nouns
00:59:55 Paolo: Ser Estar
00:59:56 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: Verbs to be and to have
00:59:57 N Shabestari: gender
01:00:01 Andrea Rudd: Use of main verbs – tener, set
01:00:01 Anna Macleod: hay, no hay
01:00:02 Marie-Odile Guillou : Learning about genders
01:00:06 Meryl Wakeman: ‘I’ form of key verbs
01:00:12 M Strong: present SER/ESTAR, TENER, hay/no hay , me gusta/n
01:00:14 Sarah Moran: 5 key verbs
01:00:15 iPad: nouns adjectives tender ser
01:00:16 Andrea Rudd: tener, ser
01:00:19 Michael Porter: Gender, 1st person pronoun, ser and estar
01:00:19 Steven Fawkes: asking / answering questions
01:00:22 Paolo: ser estar
01:00:23 Mary Gamesn: present tense regular verbs
01:00:24 N Shabestari: Simple conversation
01:00:25 Marie-Odile Guillou : adj. agreement
01:00:27 Lilliam: introduction of gender
01:00:28 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: word order
01:00:28 Carmen: adjectives agreement
01:00:29 Rosemary: prepositions
01:00:33 Nancy Sadi: verbs – present tense
01:00:33 Steven Fawkes: making sentences
01:00:34 Meryl Wakeman: Some infinitives
01:00:42 Faviola Morales: subjunctive
01:01:16 Carmen: subjunctive as a ‘set phrase’?
01:01:34 Faviola Morales: Sorry I made a mistake
01:01:47 M Strong: classroom vocab – necesito
01:03:02 Marie-Odile Guillou : yes
01:03:07 Anna Macleod: no
01:03:13 Margaret O’Leary: too easy
01:03:14 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: no
01:03:15 Marie-Odile Guillou : yes
01:03:15 Meryl Wakeman: no I can do it without knowing Spanish
01:03:17 Paolo: Not really
01:03:22 Clare Wright: the nouns do not follow the rule
01:03:26 calverc: No, it’s quite mechanical
01:03:29 Fiona McFadzean: Yes, but it’s a bit too prescriptive, maybe?
01:03:42 M Strong: if you added an adjective, it would be more meaningful
01:03:45 Laura Danese: No
01:04:36 Paolo: No it’s mechanical
01:04:42 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: no, because they are given between brackets
01:07:40 Laura Danese: Irregular genders
01:12:50 Helen Myers: Guinea pigs are always a problem anyway (sorry, guinea pig lovers) .. I never know how to distinguish a guinea pig from a hamster
01:13:35 Steven Fawkes: https://www.nala.org.uk/the-languages-curriculum-and-disadvantaged-students/
01:13:55 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: Yes, Helen, but lots of students happen to have Guinea Pigs as pets, which is one of the reasons why we teach this word 🙂
01:14:08 Helen Myers: True
01:16:03 Laura Danese: This make sense 100%
01:16:19 Helen Myers: I agree, Laura
01:21:16 Francisca Guzman: I totally agree Rachel
01:21:30 Marie-Odile Guillou : So true 🙂
01:22:04 Andrea Rudd: Absolutely! I have taught for 30 years and I have learned so much !
01:22:33 C Gomez: Absolutely!
01:22:53 Helen Myers: You can also rediscover things from years ago!
01:23:22 Andrea Rudd: Very true!
01:24:13 Steven Fawkes: Conserving things that work; tweaking other things
01:25:13 Helen Myers: I like Rachel’s approach ‘it’s not doing damage, but ..’
01:26:32 Daniele Bourdais: There might also be a case for providing materials for exposure to a structure , with limited task to reduce cognitive load ?
01:28:49 Helen McFarlane: This reminds me of my very first Spanish lesson, which I remember to this day!
01:29:57 Helen Myers: I like the coloured pics for the pronouns
01:30:14 Helen McFarlane: Do learners with SEN cope well with the visual clues?
01:30:33 Helen McFarlane: @Helen – me, too!
01:30:39 Helen Myers: Mine are Black and White. …they came from a product for SEN
01:30:49 Andrea Rudd: Dual coding has been proven to work well
01:31:06 Lynne: How can you ensure partner a gets it correct. ?
01:32:05 Helen Myers: Lynne – we can ask
01:32:16 Helen Myers: I’m saving questiosn to ask
01:41:18 Francisca Guzman: it is adding a bit of cultural knowledge
01:43:46 Helen McFarlane: I’m trying to promote a more global French-speaking curriculum when selecting teaching and learning materials from the five continents – the students are all agog! They really appreciate the different cultural perspective, putting a positive spin on France’s colonial past. ]
01:44:00 Daniele Bourdais: Like for Francophonie I tis important to explain WHY there is such a legacy of French in the various French-speaking regions of the world
01:44:17 Helen McFarlane: Yes, absolutely Daniele
01:45:04 M Strong: MFL classes are a safe space where students can talk about so many different topics, from identity to finding out more about culture and cultures and beyond.
01:46:10 Helen McFarlane: It’s crucial – real life, rather than the textbook version
01:46:16 Daniele Bourdais: I have been guilty of ignoring the realities of colonialism in materials I have produced – specially for younger learners – as it can get very dark… but things are moving now,
01:46:29 Uxía Iglesias Fuertes: I need to go, but wanted to say GRACIAS first 🙂
01:46:59 Helen Myers: Lovely to see you Uxia
01:47:38 Helen Myers: This webinar is the second of two December webinars led by Rachel Hawkes. They are in aid of a project to provide for the essential needs of children in the Casa Hogar Amor de Dios orphanages in Arequipa, Perú. Please made a donation, no matter how small, to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rachel-hawkes
01:51:12 Francisca Guzman: I am too 🙁
01:52:05 Ester Borin Bonillo: I need to go, thank you very much Helen and Rachel
01:52:31 Helen Myers: See you later Ester!
01:53:16 Francisca Guzman: I like that
01:54:05 Helen Myers: Good to know that!
01:54:43 David Binns: https://eu.connect.sanako.com/rooms/623dee7e-612e-4cd4-ac7d-89117b388403
01:57:11 M Strong: We have some students in China, can they access this there? Currently we have to use Microsoft Teams instead of Google.
01:58:21 Helen Myers: Poor Paivi!
01:58:36 Rachel Hawkes: Yes, I think we should hear her!
01:59:31 Helen Myers: This is so impressive
02:00:59 Helen McFarlane: @Daniele – I am feeling reenergised by the altogether different dimensions of learning and teaching materials while promoting decolonialisation (after a fab webinar by Maud – sorry, I can’t remember her surname), which I now include more and more – the discussion really flows, as the students know that this is real life and the real world
02:01:22 M Strong: Thank you David! That’s really helpful
02:02:06 Daniele Bourdais: @HelenMcFarlan Yes! Absolutely
02:02:22 Rachel Hawkes: It is really versatile 🙂
02:02:47 Helen Myers: I suppose the most important aspect is that this is GDPR compliant
02:04:07 Rachel Hawkes: Yes – great – trying it out is a really good idea 🙂
02:04:36 Andrea Rudd: Thanks David
02:04:39 Carmen: Thank you, David.
02:04:47 Helen Myers: Thanks David
02:05:22 David Binns: yes of course, my e mail address is david.binns@sanako.com
02:12:33 M Strong: I love this poem – I have used it with Y7.
02:13:08 Helen McFarlane: Thank you very much Rachel, Helen and David. The absolute takeaway for me this evening is the importance of relevance and authenticity
02:14:00 Steven Fawkes: Shout out for ALL Literature wiki http://all-literature.wikidot.com/ There is a similar text there: la llave de Roma
02:14:10 Helen Myers: Agreed, Helen
02:17:19 Helen Myers: 🙂
02:17:27 Steven Fawkes: Es muy rara Rachel
02:18:16 Margaret O’Leary: I think all good MFL teachers are a bit rar@!
02:18:39 Steven Fawkes: Indeed!
02:19:17 C Gomez: Excellent application of theory and meaning – in real context. Its great! Use patterns in real life
02:19:54 C Gomez: space repetition is so important. Thanks
02:19:57 Francisca Guzman: it is a very good activity
02:23:10 Nancy Sadi: Need to go now. Thank you Rachel
02:23:16 Francisca Guzman: Thank you very much Rachel. Another inspiring session. I have to go.
02:23:20 Justine Nuttall: Need to go thank you.
02:23:38 Steven Fawkes: Vergnugungen also on the Literature wiki http://all-literature.wikidot.com/
02:24:40 Helen Myers: Thansk for coming, those who need to go … hope to see you later at the party https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/all-londons-christmas-party-2020-tickets-129142351249
02:25:13 Mary Gamesn: I used the Machado poem lesson with a year 9 special needs group – they responded very well
02:26:27 Steven Fawkes: German adjective endings – also try das doofe Fischlied (on the Literature wiki) if you like silly songs
02:27:07 M Strong: I have also used Una noche de Verano from Machado – there is a lovely video on youtube with the poem being narrated over key images.
02:27:48 Steven Fawkes: This sort of text is recognised by proper writers and is called a List poem. Our learners can write them once the know a list !
02:31:14 Karine Chevalier-Watts: It should be: ‘il sort DU vehicule’
02:33:41 Helen Myers: I like the way that Rachel stresses that listening does nto always have to be in a ‘test’ situation ..
02:37:30 Steven Fawkes: Bolivia
02:38:42 David Binns: this is common perception in Finland, students believe that either speaking or listening is a test when it is nothing of the sort
02:41:58 Fiona McFadzean: David, I’d say that’s true here, too. Listening = panic!
02:42:39 Margaret O’Leary: This is a really wonderful bank of material!
02:43:04 cgrant: I love it! SO creative
02:44:42 Laura Danese: Thank you so much!
02:44:50 Andrea Rudd: Thank you Rachel, this has been so inspiring once again!
02:44:55 Rach: Thanks so much
02:44:55 Meryl Wakeman: Thank you for another inspiring webinar.
02:44:57 Mary Gamesn: Thank you so much Rachel – so much food for thought
02:44:59 Faviola Morales: Thank you so much
02:44:59 iPad: thank you. have a good Christmas to all
02:45:02 Fiona McFadzean: Thank you very much – that was great!
02:45:04 M Strong: Thank you Rachel, another great session!
02:45:06 calverc: Thank you SO much, Rachel! Brilliant!
02:45:07 Clare Wright: Thank you very much.
02:45:08 Sarah Cullern: thank you Rachel
02:45:08 Vanessa Perrott: Thank you very much Rachel.
02:45:09 Sarah Hau: Thank you Rachel 🙂
02:45:10 Anja Böhle: Thank you, I enjoyed the presentation!
02:45:15 C Gomez: Excellent presentation, sur America is a beautiful place, Thank you for those beautiful photos of Bolivia.
02:45:18 Margaret O’Leary: Thank you so much Rachel. It has been fabulous. Have a wonderful Christmas.
02:45:25 Marie-Odile Guillou : Thank you so much for another wonderful webinar. Donation completed from me too 🙂
02:45:39 Tanja Bloss: thank you so much! a lot of great ideas.
02:45:48 Cristina I: Thank you so much, will we be able to see the recording?
02:45:49 cgrant: THank you yet again to Helen and Rachel for all that you do, most generously sharing your time x
02:46:14 Antonella Marchitto: thank you, amazing as usual! 🙂
02:46:18 Lynne: Thank you Very interesting Lots to think about
02:46:19 Carmen: Thank you Helen and Rachel. so much to take away.. 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas.
02:46:29 Marielle G-F: Thank you:)
02:46:42 Laura Danese: Thank you Helen …
02:47:05 Margaret O’Leary: Yes, thank you Helen too.
02:47:11 Katherine Collings: Thank you
02:47:13 Rachel Hawkes: Thank you all for coming 🙂
02:47:26 Antony Vallyon: thank you Rachel
02:47:32 Jayne: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Thank you so much Rachel and ALL London Branch for hosting these webinars. Lots of fab ideas and resources to inspire future lessons.
02:47:48 C Gomez: Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone!!
02:48:06 Paolo: Many thanks
02:49:21 Karine Chevalier-Watts: Thank you very much and wishing you all a lovely Christmas. In the new year, would it be possible to have something about teaching adults online who are at Intermediate level?
02:49:51 Margaret O’Leary: Lovely to be remembered, Helen! thanks for the invitation to the party but alas I think I’ll be late if I make it.
02:49:57 Laura Danese: I need to go, see you later!
02:50:34 Rachel Hawkes: See you later at the party 🙂
02:50:54 Katherine Collings: I really enjoyed the poetry. The Brecht was new to me and I don’t get to do much German these days, so it was a treat. Thanks Have a great Christmas everyone. Bye Kate