Junior Cycle

  • Junior Cycle Specification in Russian Language and Culture: 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’.

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  • Why Study Russian?

    Have you ever thought about why you might study Russian? 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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  • ‘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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    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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    Russian Greetings and Basic Phrases

    Russian greetings and basic phrases.

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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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    #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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    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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    Class interview

    A class interview in the modern language class gives students a real life context in which to practise their language skills, capitalises on students’ natural curiosity about other people and other cultures, develops in students not only knowledge but the ability to think …

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    Going for 90% Target Language in the Classroom

    This resource was produced in the United States to help teachers to stay using the Target Language. It provides some really helpful hints and helps you to reflect on how you use the target language.

    To download, click here.

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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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