Translation Activities

The Stephen Spender Trust supports teachers to incorporate creative translation activities into their teaching.

To facilitate this, we regularly develop easy-to-use resources that can be slotted into a lesson plan or form the basis of a class or an extended translation workshop.

Using Our Creative Translation Resources 
Our creative translation resources provide everything you need to deliver the activity: instructions, worksheets, glossaries, PowerPoints. You can choose from starters (10 minutes), main activities (25 to 40 minutes), and workshops (1 hour+) depending on how much time you have, as well as worksheets for pupils. Our creative translation activities are targeted at specific year groups, but the scaffolded model we use means that they can be scaled up or down to suit most classes.



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Urdu: Christmas Song

Year Group: Primary Language: Urdu Type: Worksheet In this worksheet, we’re going to translate a Christmas song from Urdu. There is a surprise twist to…

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French: Caribbean Christmas Song

Year Group: Key Stage 3, S1–3 Language: French Type: Worksheet In this worksheet, we’re going to take you through the creative process of translating a…

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Maltese: Christmas Picture Book

Year Group: Primary Language: Maltese Type: Worksheet In this worksheet, we’re going to take you through the creative process of translating a few pages from Is-Sinjura…

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French: Galette des rois recipe

Year Group: Key Stage 3, S1–3 Language: French Type: Worksheet Translate this simple recette (recipe) for a galette des rois from French into English.

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Spanish: Roscón de Reyes Recipe

Year Group: Key Stage 3, S1–3 Language: Spanish Type: Worksheet Translate this simple receta (recipe) for a roscón de reyes from Spanish to English.

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Multilingual: Idioms Activity

Year Group: Key Stage 3, S1–3 Language: Multilingual Type: Main Activity In this exercise, students are invited to decode and get creative with a selection…

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Spanish: Idioms Activity

Year Group: Key Stage 3, S1–3 Language: Spanish Type: Main Activity In this exercise, students are invited to decode and get creative with a selection…

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French: Idioms Activity

Year Group: Key Stage 3, S1–3 Language: French Type: Main Activity In this exercise, students are invited to decode and get creative with a selection…

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