Junior Cycle

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    Let’s build a playlist for the classroom!

    Last term we encouraged Foreign Language Assistants to get involved in the Let’s build a playlist for the classroom! competition. We will highlight some entries here.

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    Digital Storytelling 2021: What’s your story? An elective from JCT and PPLI

    This elective from Junior Cycle MFL on Digital Storytelling is running again this year.

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    Blog with Spanish podcasts

    This is a blog: Sí comprendo.

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    Selection of short Spanish recordings

    Selection of audio pieces for different levels

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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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    CLIL: Exemplar Units of Learning (Password Protected)

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    Flashcards to develop speaking skills

    The idea is to develop students’ speaking skills but taking into account their ability. The cards are used as prompts and the students can start by making simple sentences to more complex ones with more able students.

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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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    Using authentic resources in the MFL Classroom: ways and means | Martine Pillette @ #ILoveMFL

    Martine Pillete presents a wonderful array of approaches and techniques to use authentic resources in the classroom to teach MFLs and to engage students. This is the handout to the presentation delivered at #ILoveMFL on the 21st September 2019 at UCC in Cork.

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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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