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5 tips for incorporating language learning in your

classroom every day

Teaching a new language is, unsurprisingly, one of the curriculum areas that many primary teachers find difficult and really appreciate help from a specialist. Kate Clifton (EuHu’s Languages expert) aims to make it easier, as well as being fun for both children and teachers. Have a look at the EuHu French lessons and we guarantee, you’ll want to give them a go! (Spanish lessons are also coming very soon.)


This week (26th September) was ‘European Day of Languages’. Kate shared a few ideas about how to use your ‘target language’ in the classroom every day. Little and often is the key. Teachers are asked to do so much, but maybe just one of these suggestions, enacted on a daily basis, could make a positive difference to children’s familiarity and enjoyment of a different European language.

Tip 1


Write the date on the board in the target language every day.

French

N.B. In French and Spanish the days of the week and months of the year are not capitalised (unless at the beginning of a sentence).

Days of the week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

lundi

mardi

mercredi

jeudi

vendredi

samedi

dimanche

Months of the year

janvier

février

mars

avril

mai

juin

juillet

août

septembre

octobre

novembre

décembre

Spanish

Days of the week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

lunes

martes

miércoles

jueves

viernes

sábado

domingo

Months of the year

enero

febrero

marzo

abril

mayo

junio

julio

agosto

septiembre

octubre

noviembre

diciembre

Tip 2


Ask children about the weather every day.

French

“Quel temps fait-il?” - What’s the weather like?

Il fait … (It’s)

Il … (It’s)

chaud

froid

beau

du vent

du soleil

nuageux

hot

cold

nice

windy

sunny

cloudy

pleut

neige

raining

snowing

Spanish

“¿Qué tiempo hace?” - What’s the weather like?

Hace… (It’s)

Está… (It’s)

calor

fresco

sol

frio

viento

hot

cool

sunny

cold

windy

nublado

lloviendo

nevando

cloudy

raining

snowing

Tip 3


Take the register in the target language.

Children respond “Oui madame/monsieur” or “Si señora/señor”


Or they might reply with their favourite colour, animal or any other vocabulary you may want to practise.

French - Colours and animals

red

blue

yellow

green

orange

purple

brown

pink

white

grey

black

rouge

bleu

jaune

vert

orange

violet

marron

rose

blanc

gris

noir

a cat

a dog

a rabbit

a horse

a elephant

a tiger

a giraffe

a monkey

a bear

a pig

a cow

un chat

un chien

un lapin

un cheval

un éléphant

un tigre

une girafe

un singe

un ours

un couchon

une vache

Spanish - Colours and animals

red

blue

yellow

green

orange

purple

brown

pink

white

grey

black

rojo

azul

amarillo

verde

naranja

morado

marrón

rosado

blanco

gris

negro

a cat

a dog

a rabbit

a horse

a elephant

a tiger

a giraffe

a monkey

a bear

a pig

a cow

un gato

un perro

un conejo

un caballo

un elefante

un tigre

una jirafa

un mono

un oso

un cerdo

una vaca

Tip 4


Use the target language to communicate basic classroom routines, such as sit down, stand up, line up, talk quietly etc.

Choose one or two for the children to become familiar with, then add more.

French

Spanish

Tip 5


Use the target language for any countdowns!

French

French

Spanish

French

Spanish

We hope you find these tips useful!


Bonne journée     Buenos Días

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