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Practical Solutions to Motivate a Mixed-Ability Language Classroom
About this course

All our workshops are constantly updated to reflect the current - and ever-changing - circumstances in all schools relating to Covid-19.


Would you like to move away from the model of planning 3 lessons within each lesson? 

Would you like to ensure high levels of engagement for all pupils in your MFL classroom?

Would you like to make differentiation less of a chore and bolt-on task, and more of a way to embed student progress? 

Effective Differentiation is a crucial element in MFL. Even in mixed-ability settings, all pupils can make great progress, but only if a realistic approach is adopted. Differentiation need not require extra time and effort - besides, the notion of planning 3 sub-lessons within each lesson is simply unsustainable. In this course we will identify more practical and manageable strategies, drawing equally upon traditional ’pen and paper’ methods allied to easily implemented technological solutions.

Delivered by a highly experienced MFL teacher, and one of our most experienced trainers, this course will carefully explore what effective differentiation in the languages classroom should look like. Discover how improving students’ autonomy and individualising learning opportunities can lead to outstanding progress for all, and maybe even an improved uptake of the subject!

This course has been updated to reflect the new MFL curriculum.

We strongly recommend you bring along a tablet device (don’t forget to charge it up!).

A mobile phone is fine too.


All our 3-hour online workshops include: 
  • practical classroom-ready ideas and resources
  • small group size to facilitate interaction and full engagement
  • group/pair work and discussion with the tutor
  • pdf of the course booklet 


Course Outcomes:
  • Take away ready-made resources for immediate use in your lessons the next day!
  • Learn simple, realistic techniques for quick and easy inclusion
  • Gain experience in employing essential tech tricks to improve pupil autonomy
  • Understand the importance of putting individual pupil progress at the forefront of all lessons
Course Outline:
Session 1

How to differentiate – Open-ended yet structured. Plus: making grammar more fun (no, honestly!)

Lower level language but higher order thinking!

Quick differentiation techniques leading to outstanding learning

Making Growth Mindset work in reality

Session 2

Making the new curriculum work – Target language and the four skills

A ‘No Passengers’ approach to effective collaboration and groupwork

Manageable feedback for greater engagement and motivation

Activities and lesson planning - tried and trusted, engaging, but with enough challenge

Session 3

Great starters and plenaries for inclusivity.

Enhancing progress - digital and traditional methods!

Exploiting video - to further Speaking and Writing skills

Best of the Web - from personalised learning to unmissable teacher resources

Wendy Imperato

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029 2071 1787
Mary Chapman

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+44 (0)29 2071 1787

“Peter delivered a truly fantastic day today: warm, knowledgable and full of energy, I have learnt a huge amount about differentiating in MFL. The resources were practical and stimulating - I know I will use all of them with my students. I will definitely be attending more Dragonfly courses in the future. Merci!”

Head of Department , American International School of Cape Town

Very comprehensive course with time for discussion and reflection.

Teacher , Dormston School

Excellent ideas and lots of resources shared. A very helpful course!

Teacher , Portland Place School

Very informative and delivered so it appealed to the whole staff. Good activities and suggestions and hands-on tasks. Brought me up to date with current thinking. Lots to try in class.

Teacher , Sutton High Prep School

Lots of useful strategies to use in the classroom. Interesting feedback on mixed ability groupings. Session was engaging.

Teacher , Sutton High Prep School

I loved the course - it was engaging from the very beginning. I am looking forward to using the ideas with my mixed ability groups. Thank you!

Teacher , Stanwell School

A very useful course, giving us a great choice of teaching strategies that can be used in our everyday teaching.

Teacher , GEMS - Newport City Council