German for Kids SeriesHere you can find quick links to our "German for Kids" posts.
|Fünf kleine Entchen - Five little ducks: Learn numbers to 5 by singing a familiar nursery rhyme.|
|Fünf Osterküken - Five Easter Chicks: Use numbers to 5 and beyond to count objects with an Easter theme.|
|Krabbeltiere Suche! - Minibeast Hunt! Go outdoors and hunt for creepy crawlies,whilst learning lots of German bug vocabulary. There are 3 FREE downloads here too!|
A - Z of Multisensory Language Learning for Kids SeriesHere you can find quick links to our "A - Z of Multisensory Language Learning for Kids" posts.
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So why Languages?
A fall from grace
I've never been one of those people that was a natural at learning languages, I always had to work hard at it and never really had much confidence in myself. I managed to ace my German GCSE, then gain a sub-standard grade at A Level two years later. I've never got over the disappointment of falling that far from grace and even today it still embarrasses me!
Hopes and dreams
Anyway, I still managed to secure a place at university for after my Gap year, and studied Business Studies with Languages for 4 years. During this time, I spent a year living and working in Germany. This was when I became mostly fluent; I even began to dream in German! Learning all the complex grammar was difficult but I managed to write a 12,000 word dissertation in German in my final year. This is still one of my greatest achievements!
Becoming a teacher
I decided to convert my degree into a teaching qualification the following year, and completed a Primary Teaching with Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) PGCE. I spent 4 weeks teaching in a German school too...what an eye opener that was! I got a teaching job in a primary school in 2009 and took charge of teaching French there, as well as having my own class. I became the MFL co-ordinator and eventually introduced German alongside French lessons.
However, since going back to work after having my second child, I've not been able to teach languages at all as I share a KS1 class now and it would be a time-tabling nightmare! Like all skills, if you don't practise you begin to forget, and lose faith in your own confidence and abilities. So I decided to try and keep my hand in it a little by seeing if my two would like to learn a language. I totally believe they are the right age now, as they are like little sponges! So, feel free to follow our journey as we have a go at learning languages together! Keep an eye on the blog for our updates!