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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 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 for Maynooth, and 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.



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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Sunday, 07 February 2016 11:07

Teachers' Use of the Target Language (TL)


New! Online Tutorials in MFL Teaching and Learning

Thanks to all those teachers and schools who have been so generous in sharing their classroom practice with us, providing us with lots of great video clips to illustrate important strategies. We are now able to share our first tutorial on Teachers' Use of Target Language with you. Please feel free to dip in and out of it in your own time. No need to register, just click on the tutorial above. 

More coming soon.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 09:28

A healthy obsession

BlaA Healthy Obsession: My name is Bláithín Macken Smith and I am eighteen years old. If you could see sixteen year old me it would be as if you were looking at two entirely different people. I suppose that could be true for a lot of people, but for me the reason behind my big transition was my study of languages. Until my fourth year of school I utterly despised everything about school, every morning it was more difficult to drag myself out of bed, so much so that I very often didn’t. I was convinced that after my fourth year of school that was it. I was going to drop out. So desperately did I want to leave school and become a tattoo artist. I spent much of transition year on work experience in various parlours around Dublin. Many of my family members and teachers thought that the war was lost and that my mind was made up, and then something happened.

All through transition year I was given the opportunity to try subjects I had never tried before. Russian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish, which I had studied since first year but which I now saw the fun in. I took part in language aptitude tests and the DATS tests which showed my abilities in linguistic subjects. Unfortunately for me I didn’t listen to these signs until fifth year. When I finally discovered my love for languages the course of my life changed entirely. I decided I would not do a science or a business subject for the Leaving Cert and instead took up Japanese and Russian along with Spanish, Irish and English. My whole outlook on school changed. I very rarely missed a day and even went to Russian classes every Saturday morning, and although it was stressful at times I loved every minute of it. I threw myself into my studies simply because I loved my subjects so much. I applied for an exchange to Japan at the end of fifth year which I succeeded in getting.

IMG 2252I spent three weeks attending school in Kansai in Japan and I stayed with two different host families who lived in very different areas and gave me two very distinct cultural experiences. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I learned so much. Not only about another culture but about myself as well. I knew exactly what direction I wanted to take my life in. I made life long friends in Japan, with whom I still speak on a regular basis. Of course my language skills have become a lot more colloquial than correct, but hey! Where’s the fun without some juicy slang? Once sixth year started I was so ready to take the big LC head on! God how over confident and wrong I was. It was possibly the most horribly over thought period in my life. I, along with every other sixth year in Ireland completely over worried about those faithful exams. Anyway, after a ridiculous amount of studying and guilty dossing I managed to pull it out of the bag. It’s fair to say that me and everyone else I knew were absolutely gobsmacked with my results. I mean former pink mohawked cynic of the year getting three A1s in Russian, Japanese and Spanish along with prefect of the year?! An utter miracle. I didn’t recognise myself but I’m absolutely loving this new found sense of self.

These days I can be found around the Arts block of Trinity college, being a very patriotic Gaelgóir and a very enthusiastic fan of all things Eastern European. The opportunities these languages have opened up for me are endless. Already this year I have been on an exchange to Kyiv in the Ukraine and I have also been called on to translate a dangerous amount of tattoos. So if you are a Russian speaker and you see some very pasty Irish people with the word “картофель” tattooed on them, please do not under any circumstances tell them that it means potato. The most important goal in your life should be to find something that you love and find any way possible to just keep doing it. The possibilities are infinite and the craic is 90. Lots of love, your favourite and most beautiful language fanatic,

Blá ちゃん

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:12

Spanish Competition

SpanishThe 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 Oficina  Española de Turismo in Dublin are sponsoring the competition.  Using images, videos  and ICT tools, students are invited to create a video  set in modern day Castilla y León under the theme:

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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 2016 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.

The competition is open to all 5th year students of Spanish in Ireland


We suggest these easy steps to produce your video:

  1. Find a partner and have a planning session
  2. Do your research
  3. Plan your itinerary
  4. Decide who will do what
  5. Prepare the script
  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


 Entries must be posted on the Post Primary Languages Initiative Facebook page before  Friday  4th of April 2016with the hashtag #PPLISpanishLoveStory

Entries should be prepared by teams of 2 students and be of 2 minutes of duration, including credits. 

The video clip should demonstrate some creativity and include subtitles in Spanish.

Videos should contain the name of the authors and the school name, town and county. 

All music and images used must be credited.  We suggest you use images from: Turismo Castilla y Leon  to avoid copyright infringement .

Duting their stay in Castilla Y León winners will be required to post photos and comments on their experience on the Languages Initiative Facebook page.


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.

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.

 Click here to download a PDF of the poster (English)

Click here to download a PDF of the  poster (Gaeilge)

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