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"Clic! is lively and attractive and the videos are engaging"

The International School and Community College in East Birmingham is a school for over 1,000 students, including a thriving Sixth Form. Keisha Reid, Modern Foreign Languages Subject Leader, explains why they selected Clic! for their classrooms.

"Clic! is lively and attractive and the videos are engaging"

The International School and Community College in East Birmingham is a school for over 1,000 students, including a thriving Sixth Form. Keisha Reid, Modern Foreign Languages Subject Leader, explains why they selected Clic! for their classrooms.

Q: How long have you been using Clic!?

A: This is our third year of using the resources – we chose Clic! because of the video and up-to-date content – especially for Year 9.

Q: And what do you think of it?

A: Clic! is lively and attractive and the videos are engaging, It has explicit explanations of grammar points, a good balance amongst skills, and there are many interactive activities and worksheets. It works well with the Renewed Framework as there are many activities which lead to progression. The Teacher Books are quite helpful as they explain fully the purpose and level of each activity; they are also very helpful for new teachers.

Q: Have you been using the OxBox?

A: We have and our students like it. When we chose it, it was new, colourful and had familiar games. We find it easy to use and we are just about to start customizing the resources.

Q: How have you been using the differentiated materials?

A: Sometimes the content seems challenging, but with appropriate planning even lower ability students will manage. The new Student Books for lower attaining students are also suitable for primary schools. There is also a lot of content for top set students and even to help with the first year of GCSE (Book 3).* The approach at Year 9 is mature and I used Clic! 3 unit 5 – the sections on technology and the environment – with Year 10 GCSE pupils and Year 9 Short Course. The language and material was suitable for introducing the topics at GCSE level. The Year 9 pupils liked it and it covered different tenses so they were able to work towards their targets of C and above.

Q: How does the course deal with transition?

A: We have found the resources strengthen transfer and transition by building on the language and grammar the students have already learnt. The speaking tasks also encourage the use of previously learnt language.

* We would also recommend our Access resources for reluctant learners.