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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!


Friday, 11 November 2016 10:46

General Knowledge Competition! #signposts


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

To enter like our Facebook and take our international signposts 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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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 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.

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