Junior Cycle

  • Poland image

    Learn Polish with Babbel

    Babbel is the new way to learn a foreign language. The comprehensive learning system combines effective education methods with state-of-the-art technology. Why not try this free online course in Polish.

    Click here.

    Read More
  • Poland image

    Junior Cycle Short Course in Polish as a Heritage Language: Specification

    This 100-hour course is based on the Generic Short Course in Modern Languages which was in turn developed using the Framework for Junior Cycle (DES, 2015) and the Junior Cycle Short Courses Draft Handbook ‘Developing Short Courses in Junior Cycle’. The course provides the ‘learning statements’ and key skills which all short courses are based upon.

    To download a copy, please click here.

    Read More
  • Poland image

    Junior Cycle Short Course in Polish as a Heritage Language: Assessment Guidelines

    This document contains the guidelines for the Classroom Based Assessment, provides general information on Classroom-Based Assessments, detail of the nature of the Classroom-Based Assessment and the Features of Quality used to describe the level of achievement.

    To download a copy, please click here.

    Read More
  • Poland image

    Po polsku na Wyspach: A guide for parents of bilingual children

    This guide is designed to demonstrate to Polish speaking parents that helping their children to become bilingual, although not easy, is worthwhile and extremely rewarding. To give your child a solid foundation for future bilingualism will be one of your great accomplishments: a gift that will keep on giving.

    The guide is in English and Polish but may also be useful for parents of other languages.

    To download a copy, please click here.

    Read More
  • Poland image

    VIDEO: Cook with the Polish Embassy in Dublin

    This time we are presenting “karkówka w sosie grzybowym z pyzami” – a pork neck with wild mushroom sauce and steam buns. This warming dish is perfect for windy and rainy evenings in Ireland.

    Read More
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    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
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    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
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    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
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    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
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    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.

    Read More
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    #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.

    Read More
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    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
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    Ideas for working on role plays

    This is a strategy to prepare students doing role plays.

    Read More
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    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
  • 20 Ways to Reflect image

    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

     

    Read More