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.Read More
Writing a description of a painting
Dorota Połatyńska provides us with a very specific way in which we can use paintings and descriptions of them to help them to use adjectives, prepositions and nouns. This activity begins with a reception activity and develops into a production activity where students are writing their own descriptions of paintings.
It involves students (and teacher!) drawing descriptions of the paintings and comparison of the two to help reinforce their understanding of the target texts.Read More
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Flashcards to develop speaking skills
The idea is to develop students’ speaking skills but taking into account their ability. The cards are used as prompts and the students can start by making simple sentences to more complex ones with more able students.Read More
20 Ways to Reflect in the Languages Classroom
Do you want to find out how to get your students to reflect more? The new Junior Cycle curriculum requires students to reflect more on their language learning processes. This document produced by the PPLI gives you 20 quick ways in which you can get reflection into your classroom. Accompanied by photocopiable sheets, these will help you and your students to become increasingly familiar with the language of reflection.Read More
Using Newspapers in the Languages Classroom
Local, regional and national newspapers give students another insight into the culture of the target country. The following resource has been developed for teachers to show how you could use reading material from the target language culture in the classroom.Read More
What do you see in a culture?
It’s all a question of perspective… “Making the familiar strange and the strange familiar’ and ‘making the general specific’ are two intercultural education strategies.
Culture boxes can be used as a starting point for intercultural reflection in the languages classroom. They also support the teaching and learning of the socio-cultural knowledge and intercultural awareness.Read More
#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.Read More
Using authentic resources in the MFL Classroom: ways and means | Martine Pillette @ #ILoveMFL
Martine Pillete presents a wonderful array of approaches and techniques to use authentic resources in the classroom to teach MFLs and to engage students. This is the handout to the presentation delivered at #ILoveMFL on the 21st September 2019 at UCC in Cork.Read More
Sentence Creation using Authentic Texts
This activity uses authentic texts to practise key vocabulary in them before dealing with the text as a whole.Read More
Ideas for working on role plays
This is a strategy to prepare students doing role plays.Read More
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.Read More
Using song clips in the languages classroom
Tahis resource from the PPLI provides ideas of how to use songs in the languages classroom. There are a number of quick and helpful tips that you can use to use songs to reinforce vocabulary, grammar, ideas and structures.
To download this resource as a PDF, click here
Linguee is online dictionary composed of parallel texts from many different sources including the European Union. This is a fantastic resource to use with your brightest students that want to use idiomatic language. simply type in the phrase you want to translate and Linguee will give you actual examples in context.
Available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian
Access it here.Read More
Yabla’s strength is in providing excellent audio and video material. It is a subscription site but there is a significant amount of free files which can be accessed free of charge. The languages offered are Italian, Spanish, German, French and Chinese.
Yabla language immersion sites give you authentic television, music videos, drama, interviews, travel, and Yabla exclusive shoots from throughout the world. The unique player technology is designed with language learners in mind: Slow Play, Integrated Dictionaries, Listening Game, Dual Language Subtitles, and more. Well worth a try!
To access it, go here.