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Monday, 19 February 2018 11:39

Recruitment: Four new positions at PPLI

NewjobsieWe are currently recruiting for four positions in PPLI in order to support the beginning of implementation of #languagesconnect, Ireland's foreign languages strategy. Please click here to access the link.

Monday, 12 February 2018 18:07

Digital Tools for MFL: Moving Forward

Click on the image to access the file containing link for registration or just click hereDigital Tools Flyer Image Final Version

Friday, 02 February 2018 12:48

Aprende español en Castilla y León

2018 Competition PPLI Aprende español en Castilla y León

 

Competition for 5th year students of Spanish

Click here for details and guidelines for this year's competition

Wexford flyer 1Take out your diary and mark the date!  Click here to let us know you are coming

Friday, 22 December 2017 12:19

Season's greetings!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thank you for all your support during 2017.  We are looking forward to working with you again in 2018.
 
Don't forget to stay updated in 2018 - follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye on our updated website. 
 
P.S. Why not test your knowledge about Christmas in some of our target language countries by playing our short quiz here?

 

PPLI A5 Meet Share FlyerTake out your calendar for 2018 and mark the date.

Click here to let us know you are coming:

 https://mflteacherscopblackrock.eventbrite.ie

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:08

Languages Connect

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Languages Connect: DES Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2016

Minister Bruton has just this week published Ireland's strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026  along with a 5 year implementation plan. The Plan sets out a roadmap to put Ireland in the top ten countries in Europe for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, through a number of measures targeted at improving proficiency, diversity and immersion. These include a commitment to an increase in the number of schools offering two or more languages, the number of students sitting languages for examination, the number of students in higher education studying a foreign language, the number of participants in Erasmus+, the number of teachers and students participating in exchange programmes, and the number of  foreign language assistants in schools, as well as a commitment to improving the quality of foreign language teaching at all levels.

There are 100 actions in the Strategy, which include the introduction of Chinese as a foreign language for LC; the introduction of curricular specifications for heritage speakers for Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese; exploring the potential for introducing bonus points at Leaving Certificate for studying foreign languages in cases where students apply for higher education courses in language-related areas; enhancement of employer engagement in the development of new trade languages; incentivising schools to diversify their language offer, including by means of concessionary hours where appropriate; enabling students in Further Education and Training and Higher Education to do work placements in the parent country, appointing “language champions” from business and other sectors to demonstrate the opportunities available for graduates with foreign language competences and the development of new models of delivering language teaching, such as shared classes and blended learning to allow students who are part of small immigrant communities, within specific schools, to develop their heritage language skills.

For a proper look at the strategy and the corresponding implementation plan go to the Department of Education and Skills link  here
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

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!

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