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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: http://www.storyboardthat.com/ 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 www.facebook.com/LanguagesInitiative and Like the Spanish Tourist Office in Dublin Page www.facebook.com/spaininireland
Your film will be assessed according to the following criteria:
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.
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:
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
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
The 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.
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.
Dublin School, Cork city centre school
10.00-1.00 pm on Saturdays
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.
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.
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.
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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You will find more resources on our Pinterest Board Festivales y tradiciones
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 :-)
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!).
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 (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.
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.