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Monday, 04 December 2017 16:42

Japanese Quiz

 Great opportunity for your TY Japanese students to compete in a Japan quiz. It's on Thursday 25th January from 5-7pm in a number of locations. Please write to Harada sensei at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Thursday, 23 November 2017 19:17


RELANG III - Classroom Based Assessment Speaking Tasks

Are you a teacher that could get away from school for a day on 13th December 2017? 

Would you like more confidence in creating speaking tasks that are aligned with the CEFR A1/A2 levels, corresponding to the new Junior Cycle MFL Specification?

This one day workshop is an introduction to classroom-based assessment principles and practices based on the CEFR. Specifically, it will include:

  • Familiarization with CEFR speaking scales
  • Testing productive skills: an introduction to testing speaking
  • Group work on constructing speaking tasks
  • Introduction to assessment of speaking tasks
  • Group work on assessment of speaking tasks

Please let us know by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. T & S can be covered but not substitution. 


Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:29

Digital Technologies 4 MFL in KEC

In this workshop we will explore a range of technologies to see how they can be embedded in teaching and learning in a practical way. These technologies also facilitate the different domains as identified in the Digital Learning framework (see below).

Note:  This workshop is for all MFL teachers, regardless of whether your school is using computers/laptops/tablets (and irrespective of what type they are) daily or is providing students with irregular access to a computer room. Go to  http://bit.ly/DLF4MFLKEC for more information and to register.


Monday, 20 November 2017 22:58

MFL Communities of practice

PPLI A5 Meet Share Flyer

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:01

Digital Learning Framework and MFL

Yesterday, we were looking at the Digital Learning Framework in the context of MFL with Joe Dale. This is the summary presentation here. Lots of ideas for MFL teachers in there on how to use some of the tools out there to support the framework domains as they relate to teaching and learning including learner outcomes, learner experiences, teachers' individual practice, and teachers' collaborative practice. We will be providing more detailed notes on this to support MFL teachers soon, watch this space!

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:53

Haiku and Japanese Classics Workshop!





 Haiku and Japanese Classics Workshop in DCU -

The event will welcome everyone from secondary school level and up.

(Japanese is not a requirement.)


Thursday, 26 October 2017 13:50

Promoting Languages

This is a presentation (click here) I used to promote foreign language learning in a school yesterday. Please feel free to use it with your students. Good luck with your talks!

Friday, 15 September 2017 15:08

PPLI Website Revamp! Spanish teachers

We are currently reviewing our website. We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to answer these questions. It will help us understand better what your needs are and how we can respond to these. 
You can select more than one answer!
Thanks for taking the time.
Monday, 10 April 2017 14:18

MFL Communities of Practice

Meet and share with other language teachers

 MFL teachers communitiy of practice CPD             Venues and dates

                  Wexford Education Centre

                   25th April 2017  18:00h - 20:00h

                   Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                   To register click here:  https://wexfordmflcop.eventbrite.ie

                  Cork Education Centre

                  Thursday 27th April

                  19:00h - 21:00h

                  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                  To register click here: https://corkmflcop.eventbrite.ie
















Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:51

Poster Competition!

*POSTER COMPETITION* Why are you studying a foreign language? Could you come up with a snappy motto all language learners could relate to? The entry with the combined best content, most creative composition and most imaginative visual effect will win a €50 One4all voucher and their creation will be displayed on all our social media sites as well as languagesinitiative.ie. To enter post your creation on our Facebook timeline. Canva is a great online design tool that allows you to use your own photos and create beautiful results! A tutorial is attached here. Good luck!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:17

Action research for MFL teachers


 ecml action research for MFL teachers

An action research project of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), the Post-Primary Languages Initiative and Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board

We would like to invite teachers in post primary schools to engage in a small Action Research Project. The project should take place between January and 20th February 2017.  This is a small project that should take place within 2 or 3 lessons

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