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Teacher sneaks KLOO into her classroom – and this is what happens!

March 24th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Language teachers are at the coal face of language learning - and so they know what works best. This teacher wrote a review on Amazon 3 years after she bought the game - because she wanted to share what happened when she sneaked KLOO into her classroom. Here's what she said complete with a picture of her (very tidy!) classroom. "This is such a fun and engaging game that participants don't notice that they're learning!" This is what happened when one teacher put KLOO in her classroom. If you want the same impact [...]

Make your own KLOO cards for FREE

February 21st, 2017|Tags: , |

More and more teachers and language learners have been in contact with us about making their own KLOO cards - and could we provide them with blank cards to make them. We thought that this was a great idea. Once learners know all the words in a deck, more can be added in, so the KLOO system can help build vocabulary even further. We have created a "Make Your Own" page on our website which gives instructions on how to make the cards so that they work with your existing decks. We have also provided you [...]

When teachers can’t speak the language – how are they going to teach it?

February 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

If a teacher cannot speak French or Spanish, how are they able to teach them as subjects? With the numbers of language teachers falling precipitously it's becoming more and more normal for a class to be taught by teachers who cannot themselves speak the language they teach. How can that work? Games like chess can harness human intellect I know many of the world's greatest chess players (in a previous life I ran the world chess championships) and it's interesting that the great Chess Grandmasters have chess coaches. It's interesting in that the chess [...]

Asking for a Pizza and a Coffee – Super Easy

February 3rd, 2017|

There are two ways of learning a language. Firstly, there is by rote - essentially you'll learn a stock of useful sentences off by heart. And then there is the generative approach: in this method you learn words as building blocks to make more sentences. If you learn the first way, you'll always be limited to a few stock phrases. If you learn with the second method, with just a few hundred words, you can make millions of sentences. KLOO helps you with the second way...you'll hundreds of words and be able to make sentences in [...]

What difference does enthusiasm make for language learning? How can I get it in the classroom?

January 18th, 2017|

Two great questions that deserve straight forward answers. Q 1. What price does enthusiasm make to learning a language? A. I think we all know the answer to this - but the answer is ALL THE DIFFERENCE. It really does. Q 2. How can I get enthusiasm into the classroom? A. Great question and if you haven't found it yet, a tricky one. But it needn't be. KLOO Language games drives enthusiasm through the roof. MFL teachers have consistently said it's a game changer for them. Kids have great fun and are learning faster. We [...]

What makes a Good Game become Great

December 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

What's the secret to a great game?...Well first and foremost it has to be enjoyable. Not many games survive if they aren't any fun!! Less obvious is that they should also be a challenge. Noughts and crosses is good fun only until you know the system and then every game becomes a boring draw. So if you have a game that's fun and a challenge - then it's (in my book at least) reached the the league of Good Games. But how does it go on to become a great game? As a games designer I [...]

Finding the Perfect Xmas Gift – a Language wrapped in a Game

December 4th, 2016|

It's not easy to find the perfect Xmas gift. There are so many things to consider. But imagine you walked into my shop and you're quite pushy (I'm sure you're not!!) - And this was how our conversation went! YOU: I'm looking for a gift. I'm thinking of a game that's fun and gives a chance for all the family to come together and play? Have you anything like that? ME: Well, I can think of loads of great games...yes I am sure we can help. YOU: Actually let's go a step further and make [...]

French Language Trivia Quiz…amazing facts about the French language

November 20th, 2016|

How much do you know about the French Language? 15 questions: 8 is an average score;  10 is very good; 12 is excellent Go to our Interactive French Language Trivia Quiz and discover amazing facts about the French Language. Here's some of the questions Q. Which is the world's largest French speaking city after Paris? A. Kinshasa    B. Montreal     C. Brussels     D. Port au Prince Go to our French Language Trivia Quiz to find the answer Q. What percentage of the English language is said to be derived from [...]

Taking the Language Plunge Today

November 13th, 2016|

How to get started learning a new language Don’t wait for the new year to commit to learning a new language. There is no time like the present and it has never been easier to take those first steps. Have you ever walked up and down the side of a swimming pool - looking longingly at all the people in the pool having fun – but never taken the plunge because you think it will be too cold? Learning a language can be a bit like that. People want to learn but they think it [...]

What do people find most impressive about Bradley Cooper? He’s fluent in French!

November 8th, 2016|

So he's a global mega-star. He's been in some of the biggest grossing films of all time. He's one of the highest paid Hollywood actors. He's been nominated for 2 Golden Globes and 2 BAFTA awards. He can do comedy and serious. Could he be any more impressive. Yes. Despite all that, what really impresses people is when you say he can speak French fluently - have you seen the video? Say what...Bradley Cooper is fluent in French? Oui. So to add to our long list of benefits of learning a second language....we must add [...]

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