Competition is the key to a brilliant new government-funded languages website, reports Valerie McIntyre
As a hard-pressed head of department for modern languages I’m always on the hunt for new ways of engaging pupils. I’m impressed with MYLO, a new DfE-sponsored website which provides language learning challenges in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin. It’s a highly motivating, fresh take on just the sort of areas of interest that our pupils like – and it’s free!
The site is designed for key stages three and four and we have used it with Years 7, 8 and 9 so far. Our pupils love the challenges. One colleague even reported excitedly that a boy who hadn’t picked up a pen without being nagged since the beginning of the year was suddenly working at MYLO in his own time! The secret is competition.