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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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    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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    Russian Digital Storytelling Project

    Apart from being our daily fuel and providing nourishment, food has a long tradition in art and literature. These facts are not only very stimulating in learning Russian but they also sound “tasty”.

    Russian food and various dishes from its rich cuisine have always been subjects  of still life painting and have become an integral part of being “active protagonists” in   famous poems, novels and stories written by outstanding Russian writers and poets.

    This website is an example of student projects that bring together food, art, literature and poetry. This is a project that shares many features of digital storytelling and is an activity that you could do with students.

    Click here to go to the website.

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    Why Study Russian?

    Have you ever thought about why you might study Russian? The PPLI offers free opportunities to study Russian at our Saturday morning classes in Dublin, Limerick and Galway. If you are interested in applying for one of our FREE places then follow this link.

    Still need more convincing? 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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    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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    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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