Brighten up MFL lessons with Language Fun
Spanish lessons brought to life with MFL Games
Even now, after being immersed in language for some time, I look at how language is communicated and wonder at how difficult it all seems. Nouns, adjectives, verbs, agreement, tenses, person, form, gender, negatives, subjunctive, conditional….Oh my! When we started learning languages as an infant it was fun, even a favourite lesson. We sang songs, played games and were never troubled by a gerund. But then, at about the age of eight, Spanish lessons get serious – and difficult. And many children wonder whether they can get good grades and should give it up. Many do.
There is no doubt MFL teachers have a difficult task. Spanish or indeed any language cannot, after all, be taught in just a few songs. But what if you were to discover that there is a new game that teachers are introducing up and down the country with amazing results? A game in which children can rapidly build vocabulary and easily make sentences – even if they are beginners? Above all, a game which they love playing and makes Spanish fun just as it is getting more difficult?
An Award Winning Spanish Game
This game won Toytalk Best Board Game of 2011 as well as a host of other awards. In fact KLOO has more awards than any other foreign language game – ever. Having said that, teachers are the best judge of the impact of KLOO in the classroom.
This is what some of them have said:
“I discovered Kloo last year but really started to thoroughly use the game this Autumn Term with 2 of my classes and the word has spread: pupils (of all abilities) want to play that game. I have been using it across the ability range and EVERYONE enjoyed it. My bottom set was able to build sentences following a strict colour code order while my top set reinvented the word order and went the creative way (much laughter was heard, disturbing my head of department who congratulated me on making language so much fun). No more headache and a lot of fun!” Anouk B, MFL Teacher, Worth School, W Sussex
“I like to end my lessons with something fun and a bit different than the rest of the lesson. I’ll often say to my students, “What would you like to do? Reading, a song, noughts and crosses, hangman, Kloo?” and 9 times out of 10, the answer is Kloo!! Not only do students love it but it is also really useful and the progress they make when working from one deck to the next is brilliant.” Lindsay D, MFL Teacher, Northants
“My students get lost in this game. As they fly around the board they don’t even notice they are learning” Sarah O, MFL Teacher, Liverpool
“ I am a teacher of MFL and was curious about how useful it would actually be for the students in the new department I would be starting up so I tested it on my partner and relatives. Despite them having no knowledge of Spanish at all, they were able to pick up new words and create sentences accurately. I bought an entire class set for my students and often we play. I definitely recommend this product for in class and at home use – a fun way of developing vocabulary and language skills.” Isaac G, MFL Teacher, Ormesby School, Middlesborough
Spanish Lesson favourite: Race to Madrid
The Spanish version of KLOO is Race to Madrid – an old fashioned board and card game – and this generation of smart phone carrying students adore it. Watch what happens as they start playing. The keenness of even unenthusiastic language learners to make sentences, learn words and win the Race to Madrid often has teachers taken aback.
Take a look at KLOO. It delivers important elements of the syllabus as well bringing fun and laughter into the classroom. Of course you won’t know the impact until you try it – but here is the other bit of good news: Compared to other language tools and systems, KLOO is also amazing value. Games start from £12.99. The full Race to Madrid Game with four decks based on People, Eating and Drinking, Places and Everyday Objects is just £29.99. Hundreds of words, millions of sentences and lots of language fun in a box.
Want to see how it works?
See how to make Spanish sentences – up to 14 words long – in seconds using KLOO ColourSense Cards. Easy.
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