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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.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • VIDEO: Authentic language & culture in the classroom

    Authentic language and culture in the classroom: Slam Poetry (French) from Vitall Project on Vimeo.

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    Minato (Japan Foundation) Japanese e-Learning Platform

    Learn Japanese anytime, anywhere.

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    My Talking Avatar (Tutorial): Oral Work

    My Talking Avatar Free is a free iOS app which is wonderful for promoting speaking in the languages classroom as it lets you create an animated character and record your voice for up to 5 minutes as a video. You can also add your own background image or create one in an app like Pic Collage as an example of ‘appsmashing’.

    Click here.

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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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    Dyslexia in Multilingual Contexts

    This is a presentation given by Dr. Deirdre Martin from the School of Education, University of Birmingham at the NALDIC Conference in 2011. Although it is a older resource, its content as an introduction to why dyslexic students should learn foreign languages is still useful.

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    12 challenges of ICT integration in MFL instruction

    ICT integration in the MFL curriculum and its implementation in the classroom pose a series of important challenges which refer to the way digital tools and tasks affect language acquisition as well as the students’ general cognitive, emotional, social and moral development.

    To read more about this fascinating subject, click here

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    VIDEO: Engagement, relevance & enjoyment in the communicative language classroom

    Exploring engagement, relevance and enjoyment in the communicative language classroom (Spanish).

    Engagement, relevance & enjoyment in the communicative language classroom (Spanish) from Vitall Project on Vimeo.

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    Erin’s Challenge (The Japan Foundation)

    Innovative free website offering both Japanese-language study and cultural understanding!

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    Unit 4 It’s tasty! (Japanese Short Course)

    Japanese Junior Cycle Short Course

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