MFL starters incorporating retrieval practice

This week I asked the #MFLtwitterati for their suggestions of starter activities that use retrieval practice, and as usual they did not disappoint. I had lots and lots of responses and the pictures that follow are all inspired by those replies.

Some of these templates specify what the require, for others you could ask for translations, conjugations, anagrams, unscrambling sentences, true/false responses, multiple choice questions. The choice is yours, as long as you are practising previous learning.

Enjoy, I hope they’re useful. The ppt version is available here.

Credit to: @ThorneyMFL, @kprofdefrancais,@anacastillo333 @SJBarnes81, @mmebata


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  2. Georgina

    24th June 2020 at 9:53 am

    These are great – thank you for sharing them 🙂

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    15th December 2020 at 10:20 am

    […] The above activities are just a few examples of the ways that you can review previous knowledge at the start of a lesson. The key is getting students to think about the knowledge that you need them to remember. Templates above, and more can be downloaded from:  […]

  5. Jennifer McGann

    11th June 2021 at 11:53 am

    These ideas are brilliant, thank you for sharing them and putting them all in one easy place! The link to the templates isn’t working for me, would you mind guiding me on this? These resources look so engaging!

    Kind regards
    Jennifer McGann
    MFL Teacher
    North East England

    1. learninglinguist

      21st June 2021 at 5:58 pm

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for letting me know, this should now be fixed. Please let me know if it’s ok or not.


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