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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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    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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    #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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    Sentence Creation using Authentic Texts

    This activity uses authentic texts to practise key vocabulary in them before dealing with the text as a whole.

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    Ideas for working on role plays

    This is a strategy to prepare students doing role plays.

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    ‘Learn the Russian Language’ from Live Fluent (Website)

    Brought to you by two Russian learners, this blog forms part of the Live Fluent website (featured here).  This website promises to breakdown the mystery of the Russian into more manageable parts to help you start improving your level of Russian.

    Click here to access the website.

     

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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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    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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    Why Study Russian?

    Have you ever thought about why you might study Russian? The PPLI offers free opportunities to study Russian at our Saturday morning classes in Dublin, Limerick and Galway. If you are interested in applying for one of our FREE places then follow this link.

    Still need more convincing? Watch some of the interviews that we did with our students that take our Saturday morning Russian classes and hear what they had to say!

     

     

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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 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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