LCA

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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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    CVC Centro Virtual Cervantes

    The Cervantes Virtual Center ( CVC ) is an Internet site created and maintained by the Cervantes Institute of Spain since 1997 to contribute to the dissemination of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures.

    It is in the target language and can be used for teacher upskilling or with Senior Cycle students wanting to learn more about pan-Hispanic culture.

    Access the website here.

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    Profe de ele

    Activities and resources to teach and learn Spanish. These cover many topics, grammar points, audio and video material. There is also the possibility to view them within the different CEFR levels.

    To access the website, click here.

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    Todoele

    Todoele.net is a space created by and for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language where you can find information, materials and resources for teaching Spanish.

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    Zambombazo

    Music activities to learn Spanish with song lyrics and music videos, featuring Clozeline and Cancionero plus exclusive musician interviews. Some activities are for purchase but many are free.

    To access it, go here.

     

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    Pancomido: Spanish Teaching and Learning Blog

    A site delivered by Susan Leahy, which brings together thoughts and teaching ideas for the teaching of Spanish.

    Click here.

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    CPD: Twitter for teachers of Spanish

    How to follow on Twitter if you are a teacher of Spanish, as well as using relevant hashtags.

    Click here.

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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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    Book Creator – Tutorial

    Book Creator is an iOS app and web tool which allows students to create multimedia slideshows to showcase their learning and promote speaking and writing skills in the languages classroom as well as create an e-portfolio to showcase their work over time.

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    iFun Face (Tutorial): Promoting Oral Production

    iFunFace is a free iOS and Android app which is great for promoting speaking by allowing you to super impose an animated mouth and eyes over a still image of a face or faces and record a video of you and someone else having a conversation in the target language.

    Click here.

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    Balloon Stickies Plus – Tutorial

    Balloon Stickies Plus is a free iOS app which allows you to add speech bubbles to any image and if combined with Pic Collage could be used to create a personalised photo story.

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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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    My Talking Avatar (Tutorial): Oral Work

    My Talking Avatar Free is a free iOS app which is wonderful for promoting speaking in the languages classroom as it lets you create an animated character and record your voice for up to 5 minutes as a video. You can also add your own background image or create one in an app like Pic Collage as an example of ‘appsmashing’.

    Click here.

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