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    PDST Digital Tools – Tutorials

    The PDST Digital Technollogies Team have their own YouTube channel which contains advice and many tutorials that are of use to teachers.

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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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    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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    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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    MFL Department Training Materials

    Are you and your MFL colleagues looking to come together as an MFL Department? Are you already an established MFL Department but looking for new ways to enhance your work practices?

    The MFL Department Training Course is a suite of resources that can be used by MFL teachers in any school context to help you establish or enhance an MFL Department. Designed to be completed in 40 minute blocks, they are perfectly designed for meetings or contact us and ask one of our Education Officers to come and assist you with your training for a whole day of in-service training.

    Not sure where to start? Try our Needs Analysis tool which will automatically direct you to the resources you need to get started.

     

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    IF Cinéma

    IF Cinéma gives you access to films to show in your classroom. You must open an account and respect the rules associated to the showing of films. You will need to download it first so check first it is not blocked in your school.

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    Culturethèque

    Culturethèque is a paid facility which gives you access to French speaking magazines, books, comic books, short videos and much more. It costs €20 a year. There is also the option of whole class access. If you are interested in this, please contact the Alliance Française for this. It is a great resources for personal reading or to use in the classroom.

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    Using flashcards in the MFL classroom

    Do you want to know how to use Flashcards in the MFL classroom to create a more active and engaging learning environment? This presentation was delivered at the CPD day for Heritage and Lesser-taught Language teachers in June 2019 but can be used by any languages teacher.

    To download the presentation, click the following link: Using flashcards in the MFL classroom

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    WebQuest – A trip to (French)

    Designed for Transition Year students, this WebQuest will take your students on a journey. They will learn to plan and undertake research while using the target language.

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    Bonjour de France- French Grammar following CEFR

    An easy way to get your students practising French grammar and vocabulary. AS an added bonus, it follows the CEFR allowing you to direct particular pages to the correct age and stage.

    Access it here.

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    Lingolia

    Learn with Lingolia the main rules of French grammar, widen your vocabulary and practice written and oral comprehension. In the part of this website dedicated to the French language, you’ll find simple, clear explanations with exercises that will allow you to make rapid progress.

    Furthermore, this site is fantastic for your gifted and talented students because everything is displayed and explained through the target language.

    Access it here.

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    French.ie

    This is a website which allows you to search resources for the teaching and learning of French. Many of these are produced by teachers in Ireland. You can also use this site to upload your own resources.

    Access it here.

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    Linguee

    Linguee is online dictionary composed of parallel texts from many different sources including the European Union. This is a fantastic resource to use with your brightest students that want to use idiomatic language. simply type in the phrase you want to translate and Linguee will give you actual examples in context.

    Available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian

    Access it here.

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