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First of all, if you are a regular user of the site, I wonder if you could spare a moment to send a brief comment for my Testimonials page. I have quite a lot of comments there already, but I haven't refreshed it in some time. You could either leave a comment here or just send to It would be good if you could mention who you are, your role and where you teach or tutor.

I have already blogged about the new 63 page handbook for language teachers. This can be found on the Free Samples page. It is a compendium of material from and this blog, plus some new material and amendments.

There has been a steady stream of new teaching resources in recent weeks and, as since the start of September, I have been focusing on listening. I discovered the Peppa Pig videos on Youtube and have designed a few resources for low intermediate and intermediate level. I am sure they would amuse youngsters and, more importantly, the language is very clear, as are the visuals. Authentic resources are problematic, as you know, because their language level does not match the maturity level of second language learners, but in the case of cartoons and fairy tales, familiarity and a certain timelessness make them quite usable.

I also posted a useful "Why Learn French?" video with a worksheet. It isn't new, but it has not dated and it would be a useful reminder to intermediate and advanced students why they might be using their time well learning the French language!

I also wrote an article on elephants after reading bits of the Independent newspaper's campaign to protect the species. This would make good higher tier GCSE material,. It focuses on what elephants have in common with humans.

Other additions include a video + worksheet from Nottingham High School in which two assistants talk about Christmas in France, a crossword on the perfect tense and a lesson plan based on miming to teach the dreaded daily routine topic.

I always put together my worksheets while thinking: "Would this work well in class?" Although, as I often mention, school contexts vary, I am confident the resources, whilst challenging, would work well with many students.


  1. I am a language tutor working from home and have come to rely on for a lot of my resources. Magnificent stuff. Thanks Steve!
    Suzanne Kelly


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