Let’s Play Languages Resource Boxes As part of my role as Language Consultant in Cornwall, I demonstrate available resources to KS2 language teachers in the county. I always have a resource box from Let’s Play Languages in my “toolkit”. The Resource Boxes are a great asset for KS2 language teaching, providing a wide range of varied activities to introduce and then reinforce key language on each topic. They are well suited to both specialist and less confident language teachers as the CD-ROM introduces and teaches the language with a variety of games and engaging activities, which can then be consolidated using the flashcard games and the mini-cards. With 15 packs of cards, all the children are fully involved and the teacher’s notes suggest a wealth of games which practise speaking, reading and listening skills. The hands-on nature of the activities really does ensure that every child develops confidence in the language of the topic. Teachers find the colour coding of the mini cards really useful as the cards are so much easier to sort after each lesson. They also appreciate the time-saving factor of ready-made and durable cards. The Snakes and Ladders game is very popular and the other activity sheets, with a range of written and speaking activities provide a useful extra dimension. With a generous supply of stickers, a photocopiable certificate and even a poster to display the topic language, this represents a very versatile, reasonably-priced and well thought out resource, which I wholeheartedly recommend to teachers.
Last year I purchased 4 resource boxes from " Let's Play Languages ". The children absolutely love it, and are learning each topic with lots of fun. Best of all no preparation is needed for my lessons.
I've used the Olympics CD with year 5 & 6. Both year groups had learned about sports before so the presentation on "je joue/ je fais" was great for revising. The children loved the sporty actions and the noises (cheering, ball bouncing...). The final activity helped them to add further language to their own sentences (i.e when they do sports and who with). I particularly liked - and so did the children - the presentation on some olympic sports and a famous athlete. They really enjoyed being able to make sense of rather complex passages; the questions that appear after reading the text are a great idea to challenge the children and get them to think about the language. I haven't used the presentation on countries yet but I am planning to do so from this week. I think they are going to enjoy learning the names of the countries and about the flags. It's great that there are some worksheets available for this topic.
Let’s Play Languages topic boxes are very interesting, useful resources for the language classroom. They give pupils ample possibilities for developing communicative competence using a kinaesthetic approach. Pupils need to communicate in ‘real’ settings in order to best develop their language communication skills and the topic boxes give pupils these opportunities. Their versatility and accessibility make them a very useful language teaching resource.
I think this is an amazing product for teaching languages for primary and secondary students. The topic boxes cover all the topics set for study in the NSW syllabus. Not only this but by using the games you can cover all of the language skill areas - speaking, listening , reading and writing. I find that my year 7’s love the games and are learning without even knowing that they are. I would never have the time to develop a resource like this. - I thing it represents outstanding value for money, and think its so great to just have so many options all ready to go at my fingertips for a treat in class without feeding them lollies! As a language teacher I find that most kids have a pretty poor attitude to learning a second language. I so strongly believe that as a language teacher it is my responsibility to make the syllabus accessible, relevant and fun for my kids and these resources have made this possible. Jessica Arvela - Wollongong, Australia
The Topic Boxes fulfill a vital role in language learning - they allow children to practise whilst having fun. They allow for social interaction and are kinaesthetic in nature. A very worthwhile resource that will really help teachers and children.
I have used the cards with a variety of age groups (Year 3 to Year 8) and they are always popular. They provide constant opportunity for rewards (verbal or stickers). Since the games are short, the pace of the activities is fast and interest levels high. Pupils really look at the spelling of the words and get maximum exposure to the written word in a very simple way. One can focus on gender or accents or sound spelling links in a hands on way. Snakes and Ladders was extremely popular. Pupils knew the phrases from the cards and very quickly were saying the whole phrase every time they landed on a picture or text square. The dual appeal of collecting points and winning the game made it a game where pupils used a lot of language throughout the game.
A very teacher-friendly resource, simple but effective.
I find card games in pairs or groups very stimulating and motivating in primary language teaching. I have used Letʼs Play French card packs (also available in Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and English - great for ESL students), and would say that they create enjoyable, useful language activities with no timeconsuming preparation of picture and word cards. Use the cards according to the suggestions supplied or get your pupils to create their own games. I also often use these cards on a visualiser to play class games and vocabulary learning activities..again itʼs great to have ready-made picture and word cards, saving a lot of preparation time. I also like the fact that when playing card games in pairs/ groups, each of the card packs has a different colour to make packing away straightforward and avoiding mix ups.
The children have really enjoyed using the two topics that we have at the moment. I find the cards really useful to add a different approach to learning as they are so versatile and lend themselves to many different activities. Many thanks again.
Over the last year I have purchased a number of resources from Letʼs Play Languages ltd, including posters and games. They are attractive, easy to use and very popular with my KS2 pupils. The topic based playing cards in particular are very versatile and I have used them for individual, group and whole class activities. A great resource for primary MFL
Love the card games. They are fun and help me learn.
I love the games, they helped me get 100% on my French test! I take my workbook everywhere with me, my friends love it too! Caitlin May - Age 9 The progress my daughter has made since having the games has been phenomenal, its also helped my confidence in French - I would highly recommend trying any of these resources. Sue P