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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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    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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    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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    Learn Portuguese – BBC

    The Portuguese BBC page can help you learn Portuguese and learn about the culture.

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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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    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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    The Mixxer

    The Mixxer is a free virtual language exchange site using Skype by Dickinson College, USA. The Mixxer is designed to connect language learners around the world so that everyone is both student and teacher. This is something that you might choose to use in the classroom as a group.

    Signup for free to find a language partner.

     

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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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