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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.

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  • WEBSITE: Infographics meets 21st century key skills

    Very clever pictorial chart linking key skills with corresponding emerging technologies. Produced by  American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

    Perhaps you could print a copy for the staff room?

    Click here

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  • The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel

    The “padagogy” wheel is  diagram based on Bloom’s Taxonomy that incorporates digital tools into its designed. For each level of the taxonomy, digital tools are suggested that can help students perform different tasks but require different levels of skill and cognitive load. This can be a useful planning tool to help you to design appropriate activities for students using ICT.

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  • iFun Face (Tutorial): Promoting Oral Production

    iFunFace is a free iOS and Android app which is great for promoting speaking by allowing you to super impose an animated mouth and eyes over a still image of a face or faces and record a video of you and someone else having a conversation in the target language.

    Click here.

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  • 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

     

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  • Class Interview questions

    Do you want to encourage intercultural awareness either in English or the target language? Here are a list of questions that can be used for this purpose when doing oral work in the classroom. They can be used for any age or stage.

    Click here to download them.

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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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  • Language Learning and Students with Special Educational Needs

    This resource was produced by the Association of Language Learning in the UK. Over twenty years have elapsed since the British government introduced a National Curriculum for England and Wales requiring all 11-to-14-year-olds, including those with “learning difficulties”, to follow a modern foreign language course. This “entitlement”, as it became known, was due to be extended to all 14-to-16-year-old students at a later date.

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  • How To Create a Personal Learning Environment to Stay Relevant

    “Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching. A growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between the classroom and life experience…has created not only promising changes but also disruptive moments in teaching”.

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  • BLOG: Dom’s MFL Page

    Welcome to the rambling thoughts of a 50 year old languages teacher with too much time on his hands, most of it spent in the kitchen. If you have any comments or questions about language learning or resources please email or follow me on twitter @dominic_mcg

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  • CPD: ICT in the Post-Primary MFL Classroom (PDST)

    This is a highly interactive course containing videos, practical examples, advice and resources to assist teachers in integrating digital technologies effectively in the teaching and learning of modern foreign languages.

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  • Raising the profile of languages in your school

    As part of our work we would like to support teachers and schools in raising the profile of languages in post-primary schools. In order to do this, we have compiled a list of suggestions to help modern foreign language teachers raise the profile of languages in their school, most of which require zero budget. Begin with a few and increase the numbers of suggestions you act on over time and collaborate with colleagues across language departments. Please send us your own suggestions too and we can add them to the list.

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  • Creating Cross Curricular links with MFL

    This presentation by Neil Jones demonstrates ways in which cross curricular links can be created with other subjects.

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