Transition Year

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    TY Modules for Beginners

    We have a number of modules designed for TY students who are beginning to learn either Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

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    Planning tools for Chinese curriculum

    These are some tools to help planning the Junior Cycle Short Course in Chinese Language and Culture, Transition Year Chinese Language and Culture Unit and Leaving Certificate Chinese courses. 

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    MFL Projects in The Classroom and Online Booklet

    A new booklet is available where you will find a selection of ideas, activities and resources for your TY language classes. Each suggestion can be used in a face-to-face context or online.

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    Quizlet Chinese Flashcards

    Great sets of flashcards for studying Chinese for free, there is pronunciation to accompany many of the sets of cards as well as games and learning tools.

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    History of Chinese characters

    Discover the story of Chinese characters.

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    Clock Face Starter Activity

    Get them speaking!

    A fantastically simple yet effective way to get students speaking in the classroom to practise particular topics following the traditional idea of speed dating but in a new and exciting way.

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    #ILoveMFL Conference

    #ILoveMFL which took place on the 21st September 2019 at UCC, Cork, a collaborative event between PPLI and JCT.

    This link will take you to the powerpoint presentations, keynote videos, photos and other resources from the day. These will be uploaded to the site periodically as they become available.

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    Sentence Creation using Authentic Texts

    This activity uses authentic texts to practise key vocabulary in them before dealing with the text as a whole.

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    Ideas for working on role plays

    This is a strategy to prepare students doing role plays.

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    Live Fluent (Website) – A community of language learners for language learners

    A fantastic website that deals with language learner from a learner’s perspective. Essentially a blogging platform, this website acts combines actual didactic material, with language learning experiences and reflection. This helps the user to understand the more informal grammar and vocabulary explanations as they are highly personalised to different learner contexts.

    Click here to access the website.

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    Class interview

    A class interview in the modern language class gives students a real life context in which to practise their language skills, capitalises on students’ natural curiosity about other people and other cultures, develops in students not only knowledge but the ability to think …

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    Going for 90% Target Language in the Classroom

    This resource was produced in the United States to help teachers to stay using the Target Language. It provides some really helpful hints and helps you to reflect on how you use the target language.

    To download, click here.

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    Active learning – Cambridge

    We use ‘active learning’ to describe a classroom approach which acknowledges that learners are active in the learning process by building knowledge and understanding in response to learning opportunities provided by their teacher.

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    VIDEO: Why host a language assistant?

    This video is a great illustration of some of the benefits to a school, the teachers, and most of all the students, of hosting a language assistant. Thanks to the German department in Newpark Comprehensive School for facilitating this.

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    Models For Designing Your Personal Learning Environment

    A personal learning environment (PLE) is a solution for keeping up with the rapid pace of knowledge change. Some say it is a concept, while others say it is a technology. Here are some clear steps to help you create your own PLE.

    Click here.

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