Transition Year

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    TY Modules for Beginners

    We have a number of modules designed for TY students who are beginning to learn either Chinese, German, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.

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    Recipes of Traditional Dishes in Portuguese

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    Food in Portuguese

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    Flash Cards: Hobbies and Sports in Portuguese

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    My Family Tree (Portuguese)

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    Personal Descriptions in Portuguese

    A number of different resources that can be used with the TY Modules in Portuguese to support students with the description of people’s physical characteristics and personalities.

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    Flash Cards: Portuguese Speaking Countries and Continents

    A flash card file, that can be printed and used in Portuguese class (and with TY Modules in Portuguese) to introduce global continents. And a worksheet for students containing the flags and names of countries where they speak Portuguese around the world.

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    MFL Projects in The Classroom and Online Booklet

    A new booklet is available where you will find a selection of ideas, activities and resources for your TY language classes. Each suggestion can be used in a face-to-face context or online.

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    Learn Portuguese – BBC

    The Portuguese BBC page can help you learn Portuguese and learn about the culture.

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    Language mats to encourage target language in the classroom

    To support language learners, PPLI has devised a series of language mats for use in the classroom to encourage communication in the target language. To download the language mat of your choice, click on your chosen language.

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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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    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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    Portuguese TY Module Pilot

    The Portuguese TY Module is being piloted currently in 6 schools across Cork and Clare by two teachers. In January 2020, the TY module will be published here with all the necessary resources.

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