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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 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!

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 14:53

Haiku and Japanese Classics Workshop!





 Haiku and Japanese Classics Workshop in DCU -

The event will welcome everyone from secondary school level and up.

(Japanese is not a requirement.)


Thursday, 26 October 2017 13:50

Promoting Languages

This is a presentation (click here) I used to promote foreign language learning in a school yesterday. Please feel free to use it with your students. Good luck with your talks!

Friday, 15 September 2017 15:08

PPLI Website Revamp! Spanish teachers

We are currently reviewing our website. We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to answer these questions. It will help us understand better what your needs are and how we can respond to these. 
You can select more than one answer!
Thanks for taking the time.
Monday, 10 April 2017 14:18

MFL Communities of Practice

Meet and share with other language teachers

 MFL teachers communitiy of practice CPD             Venues and dates

                  Wexford Education Centre

                   25th April 2017  18:00h - 20:00h

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                  Cork Education Centre

                  Thursday 27th April

                  19:00h - 21:00h

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:51

Poster Competition!


*POSTER COMPETITION* Why are you studying a foreign language? Could you come up with a snappy motto all language learners could relate to? The entry with the combined best content, most creative composition and most imaginative visual effect will win a €50 One4all voucher and their creation will be displayed on all our social media sites as well as To enter post your creation on our Facebook timeline. Canva is a great online design tool that allows you to use your own photos and create beautiful results! A tutorial is attached here. Good luck!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:17

Action research for MFL teachers


 ecml action research for MFL teachers

An action research project of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), the Post-Primary Languages Initiative and Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board

We would like to invite teachers in post primary schools to engage in a small Action Research Project. The project should take place between January and 20th February 2017.  This is a small project that should take place within 2 or 3 lessons

.  Read more

Friday, 02 December 2016 11:06

5th Year Spanish Competition

Spanish 5th year competition

¡Castilla y León es de película!

The Post-Primary Languages Initiative in collaboration with the Consejería de Educación de la Embajada de España en Dublin is delighted to announce its annual competition for 5th year students of Spanish. La Junta de Castilla y León and the Spanish Tourist Office in Dublin are sponsoring the competition


Create a 1 to 2 minute long film set in Castilla y León. The short film should be your own adaptation of any existing movie or TV series. The film should include both narration and dialogue in Spanish


1st prize: 3 scholarships to cover the cost of flights, accommodation and language school for a week in Castilla y León during the summer of 2017 for 2 students and their teacher

2nd and 3rd prize: 3 scholarships each to cover the cost of a one week language course and accommodation for 2 students and their teacher during the summer of 2017


Guidelines and resources

It is important that your production has the feeling of a real short film.  Here you will find some tips to help you:  We suggest these easy steps to produce your video:

1. Get your partner and have a planning session.

2. Do your research

3. Decide who will do what

4. Prepare the storyboard

5. These are some sites that will help you:  Tutorial on Movie Maker : or iMovie . You will find some general advice here.  Do have a look because you will find tips and ideas that will enhance your video.  You can use images from the Junta de Castilla Y León website for your video

6. Shoot the video using a camera, a smartphone or a webcam. Take lots of footage, you can always cut later

7. Consider using a microphone for better sound quality and be mindful of background noise

8. You can insert videos and audio files into your own clip

9. Edit the video (cut the parts you do not like, add the sound, include credits)

10. Once you are happy with the results, upload the video to the Post-Primary Languages Initiative Facebook page and Like the Spanish Tourist Office in Dublin Page


Your film will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Adherence to guidelines (does the video follow time and presentation guidelines?)
  • Creativity (is the video original? Do we want to see more?)
  • Use of language (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency)
  • Production (the film is well planned, sound and image quality are good)


  • Entries must be embedded on the Post -Primary Languages Initiative Facebook page before the 27th  of March 2017  on the Post-Primary Languages Facebook page:
  • Entries should be prepared by teams of 2 students and not exceed 2 minutes of duration, including credits.
  • Videos should contain the name of the authors and the school name, town and county
  • All music and images used must be credited/acknowledged. We suggest you use copyright free music, or simply play yourself! It is the entrant’s responsibility that the film does not infringe copyright
  • The jurors’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The jury will select the best videos based on their creativity, final production, and content


By entering the competition the entrants agree to abide by the rules. The entrant retains copyright over their original work, but by uploading a video, the entrant grants permission to the Post-Primary Languages Initiative to use for mash-ups, instructional purposes, promotional material or as examples of exemplary learning. Users who abuse the messaging system as a way to request “likes” for their video will be disqualified. This is against Post-Primary Languages Initiative policy.

Further information is available from:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or 01-8057794


Friday, 18 November 2016 14:06

General Knowledge Competition! #landmarks

Enter our competition to be in with the chance of winning a €50 voucher for Easons!

To enter like us on facebook and take our landmark themed general knowledge quiz!

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


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