Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy has found Language Angels very useful when teaching the KS2 modern foreign language curriculum to our pupils. The interactive lessons have kept the class engaged and the recordings of native speakers have been an invaluable resource - supporting pronunciation for even the most nervous Spanish speakers (including some of the teachers!) We would highly recommend it to those looking to explore MFL in the wider curriculum.
Date of Posting: 15 April 2020
Posted By: Bec Dolphin
(Mansfield Green E-ACT Primary Academy - Birmingham)
My experience with Language Angels in year 3 is as follows:
I, as a non-speaker of Spanish, have greatly appreciated the option where the children can hear and adopt native pronunciation of Spanish. As in any language, the spoken form of it is the most fundamental and significant part. I loved the fact that the learners have the opportunity to be exposed to the verbal part of Spanish as much as possible without us teachers being proficient speakers of Spanish. In other words, the learning starts with listening which simulates first language acquisition and in children of this age, it is the most natural way of acquiring a language.
I have loved the fact how the skills and knowledge are divided into speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. For a foreign language learner, using a language is not just about speaking and listening, but the correct use of grammar expressed through writing is very important as well. This needs to be delivered academically and Language Angels managed to provide it implicitly by focusing on the speaking and listening form of the Language first as I explained in the paragraph above.
Grammar is introduced in logical and comprehendible steps adequate to children’s age, again, by delivering it implicitly which is natural for the children. I think explicit explanations of grammar would not work that well in year 3. All the other essential skills such as reading and writing are complemented through activities through stories, songs, exercises etc.
In summary, Language Angels provides an adequate substitute for a Spanish speaking teacher and has played a significant role in my class whereby I have gained confidence and progressed as a Spanish speaker myself and have learnt the language skills alongside the children.
Date of Posting: 15 April 2020
Posted By: Rado Kvak
(The James Cambell Primary School - Essex)
How has Language Angels helped me? Let me count the ways.
1. The lessons are well organised, structured, highly resourced. The language is spoken throughout on the PowerPoints so non language specialists can deliver with peace of mind. There are three levels of differentiated worksheets to be used as is or adapted. There are games for every lesson
2. My non language specialist teachers and teaching assistants tell me how confident they feel delivering the lessons, due to the set up. Equally they feel as if they are learning, they enjoy teaching it and the children enjoy their learning.
3. As a language specialist, I felt that every lesson was appropriate and easy to teach to, adaptable where I wanted but all there too.
4. Language Angels are always there for support. Whether it be to access something when the school’s internet is down, delivering training via webinars or face-to-face, or even offering advice when delivering my own training, they are there to help.
5. I feel very safe in the knowledge that Language Angels are up to date with all the latest info. Deep-dives, Ofsted, I know that everything is constantly updated and implemented.
6. As a languages coordinator who now doesn’t teach the language, I feel very confident that our children are making progress; being taught in a fun, up-to-date and challenging manner by adults who are now enthusiastic about teaching them.
Date of Posting: 05 February 2020
Posted By: Vicky Gray
(Lobley Hill Primary School - Gateshead)
We have been using Language Angels for a few years now and our teachers love it, especially those who are anxious about their ability to teach French. All the resources, including pronunciation, are provided, and the site is very easy to navigate. Paolo is always very helpful whenever I, as subject leader, have a query and he responds very promptly. Recently they have added CPD to their provision. I would not hesitate to recommend Paolo or Language Angels.
Date of Posting: 04 February 2020
Posted By: Helen Jackson
(St Stephen's Catholic Primary School - Bexley)
We introduced Language Angels in our Junior school in September 2019, following recommendations from other schools. It's an invaluable resource for busy class teachers as it's designed to be accessible to non-MFL specialists and provides all the necessary resources for lessons, including online interactive games and PowerPoints. The children really enjoy it and the teachers say it's a great time-saver in terms of planning. It thoroughly covers all aspects of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum and its engaging units of study plot a clear progression path over four years. It helped to provide an excellent framework for evidence in our recent successful Ofsted inspection in which the children’s enthusiasm for MFL was also noted: inspectors described how the children “have embraced this learning with zest”.
Date of Posting: 03 February 2020
Posted By: Judith Crouch Algorta
(East Preston Junior School - Littlehampton)
Language Angels has helped our school massively in delivering focused and fun lessons to our students. It has helped to develop their love of language while supporting staff in the delivery of topics. It underpins our drive to make children aware of other cultures and enjoy learning a language.
Date of Posting: 28 January 2020
Posted By: Cesare Galasso
(Federation of Trosnant Schools - Hampshire)
We recently renewed our Language Angels subscription and changed from French to Spanish. So far we have started all of the children in KS2 on the early learning programme as the children have only ever been introduced to Spanish in the past. The lessons are engaging and really easy for all of our teachers to use. We are all very happy with it and are confident that it is all there so is one less lesson to have to worry about planning for! The children have responded well and we feel like the children in our school have had a good introduction to speaking Spanish!
Date of Posting: 27 January 2020
Posted By: Megan Moore
(Fleetwood's Charity Primary School - Lancashire)
Language Angels is a must for all adults teaching MFL, whether they are able to speak another language or not. The whole scheme is designed to make teaching MFL fun and informative. The resources are helpful, interactive and easy to use. We teach Spanish at our 3 form entry primary school, and as non speakers of this language, myself and a higher level TA, were filled with the anxiety of teaching MFL to our children. However, since having this resource purchased for us, teaching Spanish has become one of our favourite lessons. I am the PE lead of our school and with my colleague, cover classes of 90 pupils in each year group from years 3 - 6 using Language Angels. The lesson plans and teacher support notes are so helpful and easy to navigate. The children really do enjoy the power points and the repetition of language ensures that by the end of the unit, pupils have grasped the basics for each unit. The pronunciation of vocabulary isn't a worry as there are audio files to help with this. The programme focuses on all aspects of the MFL curriculum, eg listening, reading, writing, and grammar. In fact, a Spanish speaking supply teacher who came in to cover once was very impressed and congratulated us on purchasing such an easy to use scheme of work. Language Angels is a great resource and the children are making good progress. It has even improved our Spanish and we are enjoying learning along with the children.
Date of Posting: 27 January 2020
Posted By: Christine Shaw
(Honilands Primary School - Enfield)
I really enjoy using Language Angels in my Spanish primary teaching. The graphics are attractive and colourful and my young learners find the activities engaging and fun. I particularly like the sound buttons which are voiced by native speakers so that the children can hear and try and reproduce native-speaker pronunciation. There are lots of brilliant go-to worksheets such as crosswords and matching up activities which I can pick and choose and are often differentiated too. The interactive games are fabulous for motivating students and I often use them as starters or plenaries or even just for fun. Thank you so much for the plentiful resources and lesson ideas.
Date of Posting: 24 January 2020
Posted By: Sangeetha Batra Vecchi
(Holywell Primary School - Hertfordshire)
The thought of teaching French to me was horrendous due to lack of knowledge and expertise.
However, using the Language Angels programme my confidence has grown and there is a clear structure to the lessons with great progression. The best part of the scheme is the recorded vocabulary phrases, without this I would not be able to teach being a non speaker myself. This has meant my confidence has grown as I don’t need to worry about pronunciation and can learn alongside the children. The children have now become more active within their French lessons, learning with me.
For anyone lacking in confidence in this area this is an invaluable resource and comes highly recommended.
Date of Posting: 24 January 2020
Posted By: Alexandra Morgan
(The Crescent Primary School- Croydon)