SHopkins’ Languages Blog

Miss Hopkins’ students’ one-stop-shop

About me

Hello, and welcome to my Languages Blog.  After some time out of the blogosphere having babies, I am now enjoying my new job as Head of Languages in a Chelmsford Independent school.  I teach French and Spanish.  I hope that this site will be used by students and colleagues alike to access learning and teaching resources and study support, and of course to give me feedback on how i’m doing, and on how they’re doing.  Enjoy x





  1. This is amazing. Your students are already really involved.

    Comment by C. Watkins | November 26, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hello Steph,

    I was in London today and came to check out your blog. You gave me some great ideas and I had wanted to ask your advice. I’ve been wanting to get a blog up and running with my Year 9s and a class in Germany. The project in itself is great, but that then means I’m exposing my class on the internet to whoever is out there. Do you have any advice?

    Many thanks,

    Comment by moira | May 15, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hello Moira,

    Steph passed your comment on to me, in the hope that I could give you a bit of advice. If you are planning to set up a project with a class in Germany, and are concerned with exposure to the dangers of the internet then your best bet woule be to set up a ‘wiki’. Wikis are similar to blogs, but allow for much easier collaboration, and can be locked down or even hidden from any prying eyes. A blog by its nature should be available for all to see, because as blog writers we like people to read what we write about. We use wikis, however, for individual classes or groups where the content is meant to be for a select group of readers/contributors. I suggest you check out our blog first of all,, and then our wiki – – and see which you think would be most appropriate. Both are free. Let me know if you need any further advice!

    Alex Blagona

    Comment by Alex Blagona | May 16, 2008 | Reply

  4. Many thank Alex. I will have a look and hopefully get this set up and running in the next two weeks.

    Thanks again,

    Comment by moira | May 18, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hello Steph

    I just did a google search for pupil friendly National Curriculum descriptors and your blog came up. Reading between the lines of your blog (which I’m very impressed with by the way!) I think you might be the Steph Hopkins I worked with at SHSG all those years ago when I was an NQT!

    Anyway, I was wondering if in your work as an AST you have come across any updated pupil friendly curriculum descripors? Many thanks


    Comment by Lindsay Bainbridge | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hey Steph,

    apologies for getting in touch thru the blog, butdon’t have your e-mail address.

    However, I have a strange feeling that yur wedding day is gettng near… If so, have a great time and I hope everything runs smoothly for you.

    Hope you’re well,

    Chris x

    Comment by Chris Fuller | December 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. Hi!

    I find your blog very interesting and want to ask you a favor.
    Our team is working on a new website ( which can people help to improve vocabulary. This is a web 2.0 project and we think that it’s worth to mention it or write an article and publish on your website. We are trying to create a free and useful service for learning languages.

    About service:
    WordSteps is a new interactive on-line startup which can help people to memorize new foreign words. Оn-line flashcards and free interactive exercises. Dictionaries include English, Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin, and others. Users can create their own dictionaries and learn words with 6 available exercises. Our plans: add more languages, translate site into Chinese and Spain, add free mobile client and desktop app (almost done), add sounds and more.

    Please, let me know if you need some material about the article, we can write and send it to you.

    Thanks, Vladimir.

    Comment by Vladimir | May 30, 2010 | Reply

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