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This competition is open to any secondary school students in Ireland. Students will translate a poem from a language of their choice (French, German, Italian, Irish or Spanish) and a winner will be selected for each language. Translations will be assessed on their individuality and creativity as well as their use of language. A prize of €200 will be offered for each language.
Want to improve your French? an 8 month work experience in France? Extra ECTS credits?
The French Ministry of Education offers around 80 language assistant positions for Irish students for the 2015-2016 school year, as part of an exchange programme with the Department of Education and Skills and with the CIEP ( Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques).
This scheme is aimed at students who:
- are aged between 20 and 35
- have completed at least two years of higher education in any discipline by the time they take up their post
- have a working knowledge of the French language
Deadline: 30 January 2015
Dossier d'inscription: click here.
College Times article: click here.
Further information on the French Embassy's website: or by contacting
or by contacting Mr Christopher Pingeon at the Service Culturel: 01.7088306
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 so we would like to invite students to produce a brief presentation or video. Using images, videos and other ICT tools, the video should illustrate an itinerary for “A weekend in Castilla y León ”.
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 2015 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. Get your 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 www.facebook.com/LanguagesInitiative and Like the Spanish Turist Office in Dublin Page www.facebook.com/spaininireland
Entries must be embedded on the Post Primary Languages Initiative Facebook page before Friday 20th of March 2015 http://www.facebook.com/LanguagesInitiative
Entries should be prepared by teams of 2 students and not exceed 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/acknowledged. We suggest you use copyright free music, or simply play yourself! It is the entrant’s responsibility that the film does not infringe copyrights.
Users can vote (via the ‘like’ system) for any video clip available on the platform. The ten video clips which will have most likes at the end of the campaign will become part of a shortlist among which the jury will select the winners.
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 .
Using smartphones in the classroom: I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop on using smart phones in the language classroom organised by the University of Limerick Language Centre and delivered by Joan O’Sullivan.
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.