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  • Italian Language eBooks

    We are now providing you with access to the e-books “In Bocca al Lupo!” and Giro d’Italia (Vol. 1 and 2) at no cost! Previously these were not available for viewing or download on iPhones or iPads but now they are. Links to interactive activities are embedded, as well as links to audio files. The recording facility is not available but you can use one of the many apps available for this part of the course.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Culture boxes

    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.

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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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  • 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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  • Linguee

    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.

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  • WebQuests

    Advantages, structure and design of a webquest.

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  • Using Postcards and Photographs in the Languages Classroom

    Postcards and photographs can be included in the general ‘culture box’ relating to the target culture/s. They can be collected by students as well as by teachers in the school. Although tourist postcards can give an unbalanced ‘pretty and touristy’ view of a country or location, they often contain the images of the target country/ies with which students are most familiar and as such are a good starting point.

    If the use of postcards is complemented by photographs the portrayal of the target country will potentially be more interesting.The advantage of using photographs is that you can select the aspects of the place and people that you wish to focus on and get behind the tourist ‘façade’. Pictures and photographs are a powerful means of arousing interest in the target countries.

    Click here to download this resource that shows you how to use them
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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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  • 7 Engaging MFL Activities That Make Your Classroom an Awesome Place to Be

    Remember the excitement you felt that morning when you had something special prepared for your class, an activity that you know they would just absolutely love? This log entry gives you 7 ideas of how you can do this in your languages classroom.

    Click here to see the blog.

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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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