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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 13:02

General Knowledge Competition! #food

Enter our competition to be in with the chance of winning a €50 one 4 all voucher!

To enter like our Facebook, follow us on Instagram and take our cuisine themed general knowledge quiz!

To win you must get 10/10 and then your name will be entered into our draw! Good luck!


Use of the Target Language in the Modern Language Classroom

 We are delighted to be able to share our full set of tutorials on Use of Target Language in the Modern Language classroom with you. 



After completing this set of modules you will be able to:

  • Recognise the benefits of using the target language in teaching and learning
  • Maximise the use of the target language as a teacher
  • Implement strategies to support your students in their use of the target language
  • Plan for progression in target language by both teachers and students
  • Appreciate the role of the language of instruction in the MFL classroom

Please feel free to dip in and out of it in your own time. No need to register, just click on any of the tutorials

Monday, 19 September 2016 12:39

Language Café


Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:39


 This ICT and Languages event is now in its 6th year. This year #ILILC6 was hosted by @joedale and @helenmyers at Ashcombe School Language College. About 60 teachers from the UK and Ireland attended. ILIL conferences have become a favorite among many MFL teachers. It combines longer hands-on sessions with a teach-meet. There is a great peer-sharing atmosphere and the sessions cater for all levels. Read more 


Monday, 16 May 2016 13:15

MLPSI Resources

MLPSIThe old Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative (MLPSI) website is now live again here or at http://mlpsi.pdst.ie/ This is an archive of valuable resources and materials that has usefulness beyond the primary context but as the MLPSI is no longer in operation, this site is an archive and as such it is as it was when the work finished in 2012. 

Monday, 09 May 2016 11:26

Students' Use of the Target Language


Following from module 2  Teacher’s Use of the Target Language we are happy to share with you our next module of this tutorial,  Students’ Use of the Target Language. We hope that you will find it a valuable resource to help you increase Target Language Use in the classroom. There is no need to register and you can follow it at your own pace.  As always, many thanks to all the teachers and students who have welcome us into their classrooms.  Click on the tutoral above to watch it.

Application forms for Saturday Japanese in Cork and Dublin are now open.

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  • Students who are interested in Japanese
  • Students who are very serious about wanting to do Japanese as an extra subject for Leaving Certificate
  • Students who are academically capable of taking on an extra subject and have the time to do Japanese homework and study in addition to their other studies
  • Students who are willing to commit to attending class EVERY Saturday for three hours
  • Students who are willing to complete the course which begins in September 2016 and finishes end of May 2018
  • Applications are only open to students who are entering 5th year in September 2016, and sitting the Leaving Cert in June 2018.


Dublin School, Cork city centre school


10.00-1.00 pm on Saturdays


 Please click HERE to register for Cork. Please click HERE to register for Dublin.

More info:

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There are no charges (outside of small fee of 50 euro for textbooks and photocopying) for these classes which are being run by the Post-Primary Languages Initiative, an agency of the Department of Education and Skills.  Part of the remit of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative is to diversify the provision of foreign languages at post-primary level and to support all students in their learning of foreign languages.

Friday, 12 February 2016 10:11

Supporting Multilingual Classrooms

Supporting Multilingual Classrooms is being hosted by PPLI, and has been organised by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML) with co-funding by the European Commission.

We are looking for teachers (one or more) from schools with a large international student population who are interested in bridging the attainment gap between migrant and non-migrant learners; teachers of all subjects that want to develop competences in supporting second language development or teachers that might be interested in improving/making support for multilingualism part of a School Improvement Plan or School Self-Evaluation.

Click here for more information. Please ignore the deadline on the flyer, as well as the call for groups of teachers, just register here if you think that you and/or your school would benefit from this.




Monday, 01 February 2016 09:11

Digital Tools in MFL Teaching and Learning

This is a follow-up event to Tablets and Apps in MFL Teaching and Learning, Digital Tools in MFL Teaching and Learning, workshops by teachers for teachers. This year there are two venues but places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment. Go to http://bit.ly/DigitalTools4MFLinMU for Maynooth, and http://bit.ly/DigitalTools4MFLinUL for Limerick.



Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:39

Valentine's Day 2016

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Happy Valentines' Day! In celebration, we have collected a range of classroom resources and exercises on the theme on Valentines' day for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian. Read below to learn more about valentines' day in other countries, and find interesting resources you could try using in class ♡

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 San Valentín 


You will find more resources on our Pinterest Board   Festivales y tradiciones  


 La Saint Valentin


Dossier d'activités pour la Saint-Valentin

Cybermag -LA ST VALENTIN, FÊTE DES AMOUREUX (includes cards & poems)

Souris C'est Lundi Post: Savoir aimer (Florent Pagny) 


Indila -Love Story Lyrics (FR +EN)




Englische Auswanderer nahmen den Valentinsbrauch mit in die "Neue Welt". Nach Deutschland kam dieser Brauch durch US-Soldaten nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. 1950 veranstaltete man in Nürnberg den ersten "Valentinsball". Damit wurde der Valentinstag dann wohl "offiziell" eingeführt.

Richtig bekannt wurde der Valentinstag im Laufe der Jahrzente aber erst mit Hilfe der vielen Werbung durch Blumenläden und Floristen :-)



    San Valentino 


People of Italy see Valentine's Day as a holiday imported from US, just like Halloween and Mother's Day. For the love and lovers country of Italy, the major day for celebration of love is il giorno della festa degli innamorati. As lovers' exclusively celebrate this day family members and friends do not exchange gifts.








On February 14, girls give chocolates to the boy they like. However, this can also be an exchange between classmates and friends (ともチョコ) They will usually put much more effort into chocolates for their boyfriend or crush -like making the chocolates by hand!

There are other kinds of chocolate too-ぎりチョコ (obligatory chocolate), and 自分チョコ (chocolate for yourself!).

チョコレートのてづくり 簡単レシピ!

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On this day, men give women presents in return for the chocolates they received on Valentine's Day.


Traditionally, popular White Day gifts are cookies, jewellery, white chocolate, and marshmallows.

Sometimes the term sanbai gaeshi is used to describe the general rule that the male should return a gift that is two to three times the cost of the gift received on Valentine's Day.


День Свято́го Валенти́на


День Свято́го Валенти́на (St. Valentine's Day) came to Russia in early 1990's and it's a relatively new holiday. Although it is not observed as a public holiday it is widely celebrated and remains one of the most popular romantic holidays in Russia.

At some schools children exchange валенти́нки (valentines) and hold special events, concerts and parties to celebrate the Valentine's Day. Ночны́е клу́бы (night clubs) arrange special parties for couples to celebrate the holiday in a very romantic way. Some shops, services and businesses in Russia create а́кции ко Дню Свято́го Валенти́на (St. Valentine's Day special offers) when they offer sales or discounts on certain services or products. In lieu of the Valentine's day the windows of the shops are decorated with hearts, flowers and many different gift items to attract the shoppers.

(Master Russian.com)


Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:34

Merry Christmas!!

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 12:44

Winter Newsletter 2015

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