Working to implement the policy of the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland of diversifying, enhancing and expanding the teaching of foreign languages in post-primary schools.

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PPLI Publications


PPLI Publications

VITALL Videos featuring Spanish teachers

(VITALL, Videoing Ideas in Teaching and Learning Languages) is a collaborative project between NUIM, PDST, and PPLI).

Identity Affirmation in the Communicative Language Classroom (Olan Geaney, Ashton Comprehensive Cork)

Breaking with Tradition: Informal seating and movement in the classroom (Susan Leahy, The King's Hospital)

Use of ICTs in the Spanish classroom in Ireland

ICT in the post-primary MFL classroom: Tips for Teachers from Languages Initiative on Vimeo.

ICT in the post-primary MFL classroom: Differentiated Learning Using Online Resources from Languages Initiative on Vimeo.


 Discover Spanish with Hector

"The Video with hector has made me more eager to try and learn the language"
Transition Year Student, Monaghan Collegiate School



For other great reasons why learning Spanish is important click here

I wrote my own reasons for why learning Spanish is worthwhile and then pasted those into Wordle - isn't it cool?


You can create your own wordles from prescribed texts, from student essays, or from newspaper articles, and then use them for many different activities. For example,

  • let students write their own article before showing them the orginal one.
  • Cut and paste student essays and compare the results to discuss what has and hasn't been included
  • Find out what ideas and vocabulary is most important

For more ideas on how to use Wordle go to ICT Resources

Language Assistants in your home

Practise speaking with your home teacher - 10 hours individual tuition + 5 hours conversation per week in exchange for a single room in your home on a full-board basis.  For more information visit