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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 08:12


Lingua SwapLinguaswap was recently awarded The European Language Label Award 2013, recognition of its creative and innovative approach to language teaching and learning. Lingaswap gives students the opportunity to practice the language they are learning at school with a native speaker of their own age. It also provides students with curriculum based language courses and creates a safe place for students to improve oral skills as well as to enhance their cultural appreciation. A teacher area allows teachers to monitor their student's progress. To access the site click here.

Monday, 30 September 2013 11:56

Autumn Newsletter 2013

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New blog: Souris c'est lundi!

 We thought that it was time we did something to support the most widely taught and learned language in Ireland, French. Our language advisor, Frédérique Rantz, is enjoying preparing this blog, which has an emphasis on young people’s interests, on diversity in French, France and Francophonie as well as on easy access.The blog is video clip-based with reading ‘extras’. Students at all levels will get something from it whether just an infectious melody for some, or a lot more for others.

There is lots for young people to enjoy in French and Souris, c’est lundi! will present a weekly taste of what there is out there.

Every month, on successive Mondays, it will feature:

On 1st Monday: Chanson nouveauté, a song from recent charts

On 2nd Monday: Film du mois. a film

On 3rd Monday: Chanson nostalgie, a ‘retro’ song

On 4th Monday: En prime, something random - funny, thought-provoking, beautiful or just plain cool

Please let us know what you think, and we'd love to hear from you if you have any requests for future topics and features.

The new Junior Cycle Framework and new short courses in Modern Languages update

Work has been completed on the generic MFL Short Course Specifications and this document is available by clicking on the image above. The course has been created around four of the Junior Cycle Statements of Learning (2, 6, 16, 24). These translate into four strands: Communicative Competence, Intercultural Awareness, Language Awareness and Digital Literacy. In turn, these strands develop the six key skills of the new Junior Cycle. Examples illustrating how each key skill element can be addressed are given in the specifications. The four strands are further detailed in a set of 16 learning outcomes each. The decision to include ‘intercultural awareness’ rather than simply ‘cultural awareness’ and digital literacy make this short course very progressive and distinctive.
We are currently working on development of specific language courses including Japanese, Russian, and Irish Sign Language, and we are also planning to work on Polish, but if you think that you could offer an additional modern language as a short course in your school, please feel free to adapt the specifications for this language. Most of the work has already been done, and as well as the generic specifications, you will also find language functions, a learning journal, and self-assessment checklists by clicking on the image above.

Using the Target Language: Starting the journey

Presentation for those starting off trying to use the target language in the classroom. Includes great clips of teachers in Ireland already using the target language.

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Make sure and follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook (just click on the icons above) to be keep up with what's happening in post-primary languages and other material of general interest to anyone interested in Modern Foreign Languages education.

Competitions on the way!

This academic year we would like to organise more video competitions but we would like to give you more time to get them done. We would like the videos to be posted on our Facebook page and to award prizes on the basis of the number of likes your students' videos can attract. We would also like to get your ideas for a theme - for the general languages competition we have had 'Why learn foreign languages?' and 'Ireland: Many people many languages'. If you have a great idea please let us know in the next couple of weeks. For the Spanish one we have had students do an elevator pitch on why they should be chosen to go to Spain, and a promotion of Ireland targeted at Spanish students. Any ideas for this one? We would be particularly interested in hearing from teachers and parents who probably appreciate best what students would enjoy.

Leaving Cert Applied

In the PPLI we strive to support the teaching and learning of languages at post-primary level. With this in mind, and taking on board feedback received from teachers, we are working on supporting teachers and pupils involved in the LCA course. In order to ensure that what we do is absolutely relevant we would really appreciate if you would take a few minutes to complete one or more of the following questionnaires by clicking on the links relevant to the language/s you teach. Many thanks in advance for your help.

Don't forget these videos!

Don't forget this great set of short videos 'More Languages More Options', which focus on people working in Ireland (most of them Irish) who use foreign languages in their daily work. The videos do not focus on any language in particular but rather on the general value of learning any foreign language. They include people working in the IT sector, in the arts, in science, in sport, and in research. We made these clips in order to assist you with the promotion of foreign language learning in your school. We would appreciate it if you would remind language teachers, guidance counselors, and school managers, that they are there and are very useful when presenting foreign language options to parents and students.

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Monday, 02 September 2013 07:46

New French Blog - Souris c'est lundi!

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New! French blog!    

The emphasis of this blog is on young people’s interests, on diversity in French, France and Francophonie and on easy access.The blog is  video clip-based with  reading ‘extras’. Students at all levels will get something from it whether just an infectious melody for some, or a lot more for others.

There is lots for young people to enjoy in French and Souris, c’est lundi! will present a weekly taste of what there is out there.

Every month, on successive Mondays, it will feature:

-        a song from recent charts

-        a film

-        a ‘retro’ song

-        something random - funny, thought-provoking, beautiful or just plain cool

See today's here.

Friday, 23 August 2013 13:10

Learning Russian in Russia



Learning Russian in Russia

 I was fortunate this summer to have had the opportunity to travel to Russia for the first time. I spent two weeks learning Russian in a language school in the lovely lakeside city of Petrozavodsk in the Karelian region of north-west Russia.

I found myself straightaway drawn into the rhythms of everyday life in this small provincial Russian city. Natasha was my Russian teacher. I opted for individual lessons. This meant I could move along fairly swiftly and cover two levels of language in just two weeks. The staff at the school “Enjoy Russian” have produced their own quality textbooks with particular emphasis on the city and citizens of Petrozavodsk. I liked very much the teaching materials and the intriguing insights into life in Russia which Natasha enjoyed sharing with me.

I stayed with a warm, hospitable family. They were very open to cultural exchange and curious to find out more about me and my life in Ireland. Of course I got to experience Russian food. Ба́бушка (grandmother) prepared the meals and every evening had a different dish ready. I loved the soups, especially borscht , both the hot and cold varieties  and the homemade pelmeni . On my final evening there was a special farewell meal with many kinds of fish and salads. During meal times Ба́бушка loved sharing stories about her former life in the Soviet Union.

I was surprised at how quickly I felt at home in Petrozavodsk. The transport system is excellent and easy to use. The weather was exceptionally good and I loved the embankment walk along the shores of Lake Onega with its many interesting sculptures. I visited the imposing state university of Petrozavodsk, a Russian баня (sauna) and the local history museum with its very fine exhibition of Karelian artefacts and reconstructions of life in Karelia in past times. I particularly enjoyed the visit to the island of Kizhi, an open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures and a UNESCO world heritage site.

Most of all I liked the people I met. They were practical, down-to-earth and hardworking. They made me feel welcome. I savoured every moment of this Russian adventure.




Friday, 23 August 2013 12:51

In Bocca al lupo!


ibalIn bocca al lupo! si rivolge principalmente agli studenti di italiano nel ciclo superiore delle scuole secondarie all’estero, ma è utilizzabile anche con giovani adulti in altri corsi di lingua italiana. Il livello di competenza raggiunto a compimento del corso è il livello autonomo (B1-B2) del Quadro comune europeo di riferimento per le lingue.

La pubblicazione di questo libro è avvenuta sotto gli auspici e con il sostegno della Post-Primary Languages Initiative del Department of Education and Skills (Irlanda).

Caratteristiche del libro:

  • È composto da 17 unità. Gli obiettivi di apprendimento sono chiaramente indicati all’inizio di ogni unità
  • Alla fine di ogni unità c’è una griglia di autovalutazione
  • I materiali usati sono autentici (scritti, audio e iconici)
  • Contiene una sezione Grammatica
  • È accompagnato da 2 CD audio
  • È accompagnato da una Guida dell’insegnante online. Questa contiene le chiavi degli esercizi, le trascrizioni dei brani di ascolto, suggerimenti metodologici, note culturali, attività alternative, suggerimenti per attività supplementari, esercizi di grammatica e letture supplementari, collegamenti con gli esami passati (sistema irlandese), ecc.
  • Le abilità linguistiche (ascoltare, leggere, scrivere, parlare in modo coerente e interagire parlando,) sono sviluppate in modo integrato, con il sostegno del graduale sviluppo della competenza grammaticale e di quella lessicale.
  • Offre ampie opportunità di approfondimento culturale e di autovalutazione delle competenze raggiunte, nonché compiti finalizzati all’uso pragmatico della lingua

    Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:57

    Polish Leaving Cert courses 2014

    LC 2014 Plakat Warsztaty 512 x 716Polish language workshops for students – Leaving Certificate exam 2014

    The application process for the course for students who would like to take Polish as a non-curricular language at their Leaving Certificate exam in 2014 is now open.To apply please send the application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Application deadline: 20th September 2013

    The course will start on 19th October 2013 (Saturday) in the cities most frequently indicated in the application forms.

    A detailed program and rules of the course will be announced at a later date.

    More info here








    Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:34

    Spanish Competition

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    Spanish Competition

    The annual Spanish prize giving ceremony topk place in the Spanish Embassy on May 21st.

    Joel Nixon and Stephanie Dimitriova from Ashton College in Cork were the winners of the Spanish competition for 5th year students.

    Together with their teacher Mr. Guiney they were awarded a prize for a week´s long course in Spain with travel and accommodation. The prize was sponsored by the Junta de Castilla y León and the Ofician de Turismo de España in Ireland.




    Friday, 18 January 2013 10:20

    Comenius Programme

    ComeniusThe Comenius Assistantship Programme provides funding for future teachers or those considering teaching as a possible career path, to spend at least 13 weeks teaching in a school in a participating European country. The 2013 deadline for applications for Comenius Assistantships is 31 January. 

    Please note that this is a highly competitive selection round due to limited funding and all applications are subject to detailed technical and quality assessments. 

    In 2013, the duration of the approved Assistantships will be capped at a maximum of 25 weeks for approved outgoing Assistants.

    Additionally, the following National Priorities apply for the 2013 Selection:

    1. Priority for outgoing assistants will be awarded to applicants interested in host schools whose language is less widely used and less taught.

    2. Priority will be awarded to applicants who have never been awarded an Erasmus ‘Student Mobility for Studies' grant or an Erasmus ‘Student Mobility for Placements' grant.

    3. Priority will be awarded to current students/recent graduates from teacher training colleges or applicants who hold/intend to shortly pursue a Higher Diploma in Education but who have not been formally employed as a qualified teacher.

    Applications must be submitted online and a signed hard copy must be sent to Léargas by the deadline (applications cannot be accepted via email). Applications which arrive after the deadline will not be accepted. Applicants are advised to retain proof of postage.

    The application form, technical and quality criteria are available on the Resources page for Comenius Assistantships. For further information, please visit the Comenius Assistantshipssection of our website

    We would be very grateful if you would disseminate this information within your institution, targeting students and other relevant staff members. 

    Kind regards,

    The Comenius Assistantship Team.

    Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:44

    EU-funded Courses for Language Teachers

    ITILTEu-funded courses for Language Teachers

    The Universities of Antwerp, Coimbra and their partners in the EU projects iTILT and NIFLAR are offering  EU-funded summer courses in 2013 targeted at teachers of modern languages on:

    a) effective use of Interactive Whiteboards

    b) ICT & WEB 2.0 applications to promote oral competences, respectively.

    Find more information on the course descriptions at the EU Comenius/Grundtvig Training database and the course registration from here:

    N.B. Those interested in applying for an EU grant are advised to start working on the application as the deadline for submitting completed forms (including a course (pre-)registration testimonial and employer signature) is January 16, 2013.

    To download the application form please go to 

    Monday, 12 November 2012 13:49

    Polish Schools

    PolishArticleCensus 2011 confirmed what many people had suspected for quite a while: that the figure returned from Census 2006 for the number of Polish people living in Ireland was a gross underestimation. The Polish community now forms the largest minority group in Ireland, with a population of 122,585. Read more of this interesting article in the current edition of INTO InTouch Magazine here


    Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:26

    Talk the talk

    Talk the Talk

    This article by Forfás was in the Irish Independent Business Supplement (Thursday, 13th September).

    Monday, 10 September 2012 15:19

    Giro d'Italia Online PDF

    Student PDF

    The Student PDF has links to activities such as true or false, fill in the blanks, matching, etc. as well as links to recording activities and audio links.


    Teacher PDF

    This PDF inlcudes links to all the activities provided in the Student PDF as well a link to a teacher manual that provides all the answers to the activities.


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