As language-learning becomes increasingly embedded in primary schools over the next few years, kids are going to be arriving at secondary with increasing varied experiences - not only of the amount and quality of language learning they have done, but also of the actual language(s).

So how do you cover areas that might be new to some but old hat to others? Here are some ideas - please add your own if you wish, as what may be second-nature for you could be a light-bulb moment for someone else:

Neil Jones colours & culture Also try the colours poem from Wendy Adeniji's ilanguages free sample (students work at colour level, noun + colour or noun + simile depending on experience) - or for some really thought-provoking PLTS try reading & discussing 'hombre de color'