In praise of Facebook’s Languages in Primary Schools forum

Well done Facebook. I know you come in for a lot of criticism from some quarters but you won’t hear me complaining. (Anyway, what would be the point?)

I must say, you are certainly doing interest groups a great service if my experience on the Languages in Primary Schools forum is anything to go by.

I’m not currently teaching Spanish, and in fact I’ve never actually taught it at primary level – primary MFL teachers, are you wincing at this confession? – but it’s very helpful as well as interesting to be able to dip in and out of this excellent forum, full as it is with cutting edge ideas, latest developments in MFL, and fascinating personal stories from primary MFL teachers themselves. And it looks to me like they are enjoying the experience as much as I am, if the nature of the posts from its 2,300 members is anything to go by.

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Kool Badges. Click on the image to see who on the forum posted it

I post once every month or so and it’s always fun and informative to read the responses. Look at these I received for a recent post on the subject of lip reading:


Cool eh? So much to be learned!

Thanks Facebook and thanks to the forum members. I’ll be popping in again soon!

How about you?

Until next time readers,


Jim Porter is a co-founder of Speekee®, home of the most comprehensive Spanish learning program for children ever to appear online

Jim began his Spanish learning journey in 1990. He has been a language teacher since 1994 and he lives in sunny southern Spain with his two bilingual children. Loves it! More…


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