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MFL teachers: some useful material for you from Language World 2014
There were great teachers and some very useful and inspiring presentations at Language World 2014, the annual conference of ALL, the UK Association for Language Learning. The theme this year was ALL Joined up and here are just a few links on key themes that emerged which might whet your appetite to go searching for more!
Three of the key themes at Lancaster 2014
Strategies that can help us to increase use of Target language in the classroom
- Getting students to talk spontaneously (Chris Fueller): http://slidesha.re/1ihIwdM
- Great presentations on increasing students’ production of language in the classroom:
The Flipped classroom The emphasis is on developing students’ thinking skills, autonomy and collaborative learning: Homework time to deliver knowledge, classroom time to deliver skills and understanding with the use of existing or custom-produced videos. Some teachers are applying the principles of the flipped classroom to MFL.
This presentations introduces real possibilities for Flipping the MFL classroomhttp://bit.ly/1fdrY6c (Helen Bates
Chris Fuller describes his teaching context as ‘Low profile, low motivation, low skills’ and shares some of his strategies for developing thoughful contexts for thoughtful students: http://slidesha.re/1ihIwdM, Blog: www.chrisfuler.typepad.com
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Article from the Independent by Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor.
ORDERING by number in the local Chinese restaurant will be a thing of the past for students of the new Junior Cycle course in Mandarin. Learning how to read and understand menus in Chinese, order dishes and talk about likes or dislikes are among the skills students of the new subject will be taught.
They may even get to show off their command of the menu in an oral exam, just one of the ways it will be assessed.
New-found communication skills could also be put to the test in an oral exam shopping expedition role-play where they would be expected to display how to haggle in Chinese.
Read more here
Linguaswap 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.
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.
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.
In 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:
Polish language workshops for students – Leaving Certificate exam 2014
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
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.
The 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 www.leargas.ie.
We would be very grateful if you would disseminate this information within your institution, targeting students and other relevant staff members.
The Comenius Assistantship Team.
Eu-funded courses for Language Teachers
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: http://www.koenraad.info/content/current-courses
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 www.leargas.ie
Census 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
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.
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.
|Student PDF Volume 1|
Normally €17 currently discounted to €15
|Student PDF Volume 2|
Normally €19 currently discounted to €16
|Teacher PDF - Volume 1 & 2||
|Links to the full teacher guide|
|Links to online activity e.g. true or false, fill in the blanks, matching etc.|
|Links to online voice recording activity|
|Links to online audio clip|
New series of seven video clips for post-primary students, their parents, and school managers, on the importance of foreign language skills. Each of the video clips has a sub-title and there are: 'Languages for Jobs', 'Languages for Science', 'Languages for the Workplace', 'Languages for Sport', 'Languages for the Arts', 'Languages for Education and Research', and 'Languages for Google'. The videos do not focus on an language in particular but rather on the general value of learning any foreign language. Serious talking heads, scientists, a concert pianist, Trappatoni's interpreter, and trendy young Irish people in the workplace who not only use foreign languages on a daily basis but have got to where they are because of their foreign language skills, all make a strong case for learning foreign languages. We hope that these videos will inspire and encourage more uptake of foreign languages, without which Ireland cannot compete in the global marketplace.
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