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During French lessons over the past two weeks, pupils in Y4 & Y5 have been working on an online language learning resource called Languagenut. As well as having lots of fun practising their French, there has also been much competition between pupils as they strive to win as many medals as they can. Languagenut is a great resource as it enables pupils to reinforce their vocabulary, whilst simultaneously practising the four keys skills of Modern Foreign Language learning, namely Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. There are also many other languages apart from French which the children can try out.
We are using Languagenut for junior class, mainly learning vocabulary. It is great, three teachers of Maori, French and Japanese use it in class.
Pupils at Aloha have really enjoyed the vocabulary activities in French. Also the certificates that you can print off once they have finished the activities, inspires a competitive spirit among the students!
Having had some input over the last year or two whilst the Languagenut team have been busy developing their product beyond recognition, it is great to have so many new features that really bring that added value to GCSE (and IGCSE) teaching. Particularly useful is the time-saving application of setting activities as homework – it’s easy and quick for the teacher to set up, simple to monitor, and crucially it does all the marking for you, allowing you to spend your time as a classroom teacher focusing on where you can make the biggest difference, i.e. marking their speaking and writing. The oral recording function is particularly good for this to help develop spontaneity and fluency. An element of competition is also a great feature with this age group. Paul and his team are great to work with so I recommend getting in touch and taking a look for yourself.
I introduced Languagenut to our school at the end of Term 1 2018 and asked the students to work on the Weather topics as a means of preparation for the Term 2 topic on Change. All students were instantly engaged as Languagenut allowed them to work with games, repetition and at their own pace. The students who usually found French challenging also enjoyed Languagenut as they were able to use it (so they thought) as just an iPad game. Overall, students have loved getting medals and seeing our school progress in ranking. It has given them another reason for doing well in French. They can’t believe they can work on Languagenut at home and call it homework!
I love being able to see their progress when I go into the Admin/Class management section and this allows me to give individual feedback and direction. I am delighted in how positively engaged the students are in Languagenut and will continue using it for other topics.
Languagenut has definitely made me a better student in French.
I like Languagenut because all the practice activities really help me to learn and improve my French. The medals also motivate me to try my best.
I like Languagenut It is fun and great for learning. I Love it!
We have subscribed to Languagenut after a short trial phase and the whole department absolutely loved it. When we completed the training session with one of the Languagenut team during a curriculum team meeting, we were so impressed how well thought through everything about this website was: the topics, the vocab builder, the games, the tracking of progress and the element of competition make this the perfect tool for classwork and homework. We arranged a computer room lesson with all our classes to introduce them to this new tool and it was wonderful to see how enthusiastic the students were about it. A lot of our students complete extra work at home at the moment and I can track their progress, which is great for me to see. The team at Languagenut are very approachable and extremely helpful, answering any queries within no time. Without a doubt, this is the best purchase we have ever made and if we can afford it, we will continue to sign up.
They children love the programme & all of them are engaged in it.
As we know learning a foreign language has become even more important and beneficial for all our students and Languagenut is doing a fantastic job on implementing it. Learning another language can be challenging, however Languagenut is making this process easier and a lot more enjoyable for our EPS students! Merci.
We have been using Languagenut Secondary for the past 5 months and both students and staff love it! The staff love the fact that we can set a whole range of different activities for our students and that there are differentiated tasks within the website. This creates engaging lessons/home learnings which can also be tracked as staff can see the progress of the students and how they scored for each task. The students have also really engaged with the website. They find it easy to use, they enjoy the competition with their classmates and they enjoy the variety of tasks available. I would definitely recommend this product to any MFL department out there.
What can I say about Languagenut other than it is the best Te Reo Maori resource I have come across in years.
• Internet based so can be used anywhere, anytime.
• A range of languages available, we use Maori for our whole school and English for our ESOL students.
• Gives confidence to our English speaking staff who are teaching Te Reo Maori this year.
• A huge range of relevant and engaging contexts
• Plenty of activities for teachers and students
• Able to check whether teachers are using the programme
• Assessments for students to use when they use their own login
• Very low cost
We love Languagenut. I use it for homework for students to reinforce language learned in class and sometimes to introduce vocabulary I am going to use the following lesson. I teach six different classes per semester so Languagenut is a great way to keep track of students engagement and progress. I particularly like the sentence building and verbs addition. It has made a huge difference and now students are becoming more confident with Spanish faster than previous years.
Languagenut is used by some classes at Anderson’s Bay School mainly to support the Mandarin Language programme. We find the interactive learning activities well pitched for our students; they are interesting and fun. They can be used independently by individuals but they also suit team and group situations.
There are a variety of languages available on Languagenut and I believe it would suit the uptake of any and all languages – and could be an excellent support for Te Reo.
We decided to purchase Languagenut for our Y5-8 students. We operate BYOD in these year groups and saw Languagenut as a valuable opportunity to introduce and support different languages across these year groups.
Te Reo is used frequently, as is French and Spanish, which we teach in the senior school. Students have enjoyed learning phrases and using a particular language to support their inquiries if researching countries/communities. We have been very happy with all that it offers. The support team are great, responding quickly to any issues and prompting our use if we are not making the most of the programme! Our students enjoy it. So do our Teachers! We have considered it a good investment.
Languagenut is one of the tools that Ashburton Borough School uses to support its ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programme. We also have temporary international students making great use of Languagenut when joining ESOL, in the classroom and/or at home.
Languagenut has been a invaluable resource, particularly for students who require general language acquisition. This is because it: utilises the student’s first language for instruction, supports further learning in the student’s first language (proven by research to benefit second language learning), promotes learning in each mode (listening, speaking, reading and writing), guides students with vocabulary and sentence structure, consolidates previous English learning, is accessible in a variety of settings with different teachers/parents, progress can be formatively assessed and further goals set, is suitable for students at any level of English language learning, allows the coordinator to manipulate the learner’s starting point and its rewards are motivating for students.
Our students look forward to their Languagenut learning (either with support or independently) and celebrate their successes with us. The staff at Languagenut have also been incredibly helpful and quick to answer any of my questions. It didn’t take long for me to learn how to use this resource and teach other teachers/parents. I will soon be talking with teachers at our Mid Canterbury ESOL Cluster meeting about the benefits of Languagenut.
My students really enjoy using Languagenut from Years 3-6 here at Boondall State School, and yes we are currently enjoying being in first position. Actually, even as I write this, I have a Year 4 class showing the Preps some of the features, so they are well prepared for when they have computer and German skills in Year 2.
I have been using this program for at least 8 years and enjoy the updates. It really forms a solid base for basic and then more complicated vocabulary, allowing the students to progress at their own rate.
My pupils adore Languagenut. I never thought it would be so successful. I joined as I wanted to have a handy resource, especially for my colleague who teaches German. There is very little out there for primary teaching in German. I also wanted an easier way to track their home work as primary children are not very reliable to bring homework in, especially if you are a visiting teacher who is on site only a couple of mornings.
We have a few pupils who are obviously incredibly keen on computer games and the thought of being on the front page of the website has really motivated them to practice. The school improved its world raking quickly and they went crazy when we got in the top 20. There is a real buzz amongst the pupils as they are really keen to stay in the top 20, are currently 13.
I have also created a lunch time club where pupils can come and learn another language. I have three doing Japanese, two doing Italian and a few others doing Spanish.
My name is Kristina and I have been teaching French for many years. During the course of these years, I have tried different programs but was never quite satisfied till I got Languagenut. At OLPH school where I work, we have been using it for about 5 years and our students and parents have never been happier about French. It is a program that we could be used both in the classroom and at home. It satisfies every individual learning style in a variety of engaging games & other activities. All four components of the language such as listening, speaking, reading, & writing are harmoniously unfolded and developed. Moreover, the Languagenut team continuously improves and enhances the features and the program keeps getting better and better. They are always there to assist you with any kind of help…I can go on and on about this great program but the school bell just rang and I need to go! Bonne chance!
At our school we have been running Languagenut fully from this September, for French in Key Stage 1 and Spanish across Key Stage 2. We love it because it engages the children, improves teacher confidence and tracks the childrens’ progress. We use it for weekly lessons, termly assessment and on ‘Languages Days’ where the pupils can explore other languages and teach their friends any that they may speak at home. We also offer it as a supportive home learning tool for pupils who have English as an additional language.
I am HOD for ESOL at Northcross Intermediate. Our lower level ESOL students especially Foundation and Stage 1 ELLP students have been given Languagenut to support their grammar studies and to improve vocabulary. They’re able to use Languagenut when they have any time available in the classroom and it is especially useful as students can do this as a homework activity. My students have enjoyed using Languagenut as it’s a fun activity that doesn’t really feel like work to them. It involves reading, listening and writing at the different levels and students are in control of their progress.
We use Languagenut in the classroom and as an extra homework activity. In the classroom it is used by ESOL students whose English is really low and who at certain times in the classroom’s work are unable to participate because their level of English is just too low. At home the students use it to help them to develop English word and conversational knowledge.
My students really enjoy using Languagenut to practice their vocabulary and sentence building skills. They love the fun, interactive games and activities and the ability to work at their own pace and level. The opportunity to compete against each other and other schools around the world is also a real drawcard for them too.
At this point we are using Languagenut to reinforce our Te Reo Maori learning throughout the school. We have a topic focus for the week and we do this through the Vocabulary section of Languagenut, then assign the same topic for students to practice online. Some teachers use the printable resources as well to help reinforce the learning. We have a small group of students who are extending themselves through learning languages such as French, Spanish and Mandarin. We also use it to help consolidate learning for our EAL learners.
We have been using Languagenut to reinforce new learning of language. It provides activities for us in both English and Maori. We are a special character school teaching in both languages. It helps to reiterate our program and gives students some mileage for the both languages.
I am so happy that my students are diligently working hard for the past couple of month to make great use of Languagenut to improve their language skills. I think as a teacher, we need to give guidance to our students on how to use resources, and also push the limits to help them achieve higher goals. I also make it a big deal when students reach the points of earning 20, 40, 100 etc gold medals, I will print out their certificate along with some small prizes and present them to them in class which makes those students proud and causes other students who are competitive to work harder to surpass their peers. And it works out great. I also offer some extra credits towards their grades by the end of the years, I go to my admin page and evaluate what each student has earned and then granted them the extra credits they deserve. Thank you for your encouragement, I believe Languagenut.com is a great learning resource that both me and my students really enjoy.
Languagenut is one of the tools that I have been using in Year 5 German lessons. Students love all the different options for learning, like listening, speaking and vocabulary tasks and they most enjoy being able to learn German through playing games. As a teacher, I like the fact that I can choose the relevant topics, set classwork and homework and I use Languagenut mainly for practice and revision.
The kids are loving it, especially seeing the school’s ranking head up. A great program.
Languagenut is a great way students can go away and learn vocabulary. I like the new feature in Languagenut, where you can set up your own vocabulary.
Languagenut is a really engaging tool for students to use both inside and outside the classroom. Our students love the competitive nature of the app, challenging themselves to climb the rankings against each other and other schools! Languagenut will definitely enhance your language learning programme!
Since joining Solefield School in September, I have been taking my Year 4 and Year 5 boys into our ict room each week. They look forward to these lessons because they are allowed to go on Languagenut. I set them assignments to complete in class and they then finish them for homework. They love the games and the competitive aspect. There was great excitement a few weeks ago when they saw we were 9th on the leaderboard!
Languagenut is a great website which reinforces my teaching and the pupils’ learning, allowing them to practise their French independently. It also allows me the time within the ict lesson to go around the class and spend time with each of my pupils.
A great site and I would recommend to any primary Mfl teacher.
We are a Kura Kaupapa Māori, full immersion and have been using Language Nut for approximately 4 years. We have an open door policy and invite tamariki with no te reo Māori to attend the kura. These tamariki are essentially second language learners of te reo Māori, Languagenut has played a pivotal role in developing the oral language of these tamariki.
I have also noted an improvement in the acquisition of new words amongst the tamariki who already speak Māori.
Languagenut provides a fun and engaging way of learning language and is very popular with the tamariki. It also provides teachers with the ability to monitor their students progress, assign specific activities and celebrate their childrens learning with certificates.
I would highly recommend it as a means to learn te reo Māori.
I teach a year 6 class at St Brigid’s School in Dunedin. The class are very lucky to be learning French and Mandarin as part of their regular program. We use Languagenut regularly to reinforce what the children have been learning in class. They complete set tasks and assessments as well as choosing topics of their own interest to pursue. The class all love Languagenut and enjoy their sessions on it.
I’ve been a primary school classroom teacher for over 20 years. I started to teach Chinese language in our school over two years ago. I teach Year 1 to Year 8 students. I find Languagenut is one of the best online teaching and learning tools with sufficient resources.
As a language teacher for the whole school with over 500 students, I find Languagenut is easy to use for managing all classes, all students’ progress and generating the students’ reports.
Students are motivated by the points they get on Languagenut while practising what they have learned in class. Some of the children in our school can only have Chinese for one term a year. I assign homework regularly for these group of children through Languagenut so they can carry on practising what they have learnt. I think this is a great way to maintain what the students have learnt since language is very easy to lose if you don’t keep practising.