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Vitall Project

Videoing Ideas for Teaching and Learning Languages (VITALL) is an NDLR supported project promoting the professional development of language teachers. The partnership of the Education Department, NUIM, the Post-Primary Languages Initiativeand the Professional Development Service for Teachersseeks to address the practicalities of encouraging innovative practice, team work and collegiality among Modern Language teachers.

The video resources portray the implementation and discussion of innovative methodologies for teaching a range of languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish) and are accessible now at this linkThe videos have primarily been used in conjunction with face-to-face professional development seminars for teachers at pre-service and in-service level.

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A new language - Chinese

 A New Lanugage - (Chinese) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. Exposure to Chinese culture is used to generate interest and motivation with this group who are taking Chinese as an option in their Transition Year programme. A teacher-led approach employing dri ...
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Authentic language & culture in the classroom

Authentic language and culture in the classroom: Slam Poetry (French) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. This is a fifth year French class. Students explore a contemporary topic through viewing a video of a slam poem being recited.  This authentic text is u ...
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Engagement, relevance & enjoyment in the communicative language classroom (Spanish)

Engagement, relevance & enjoyment in the communicative language classroom (Spanish) from Vitall Project on Vimeo.  

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Exploring 'Success Criteria'

Assessment for Learning: Exploring 'Success Criteria' (French) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. This is a third year class on the topic of ‘My neighbourhood’.  The class and the teacher collaborate to generate success criteria for oral production around the ...
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Informal seating & movement in the classroom

Breaking with tradition: informal seating & movement in the classroom (Spanish) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. A collaborative interactive approach is used to promote practice of the target language and to accommodate a variety of learning styles wi ...
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Interactive Language Activities

Interactive Language Activities at Senior and Junior level (Spanish) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. Group activities are used in these Junior and Senior cycle classes to increase oral proficiency. The teacher engages the learners' interest by harnessing ...
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Interactive pair work

Interactive pair work activity to promote learner use of the target language (French) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. This is a first year French class. An interactive pair-work activity is used to promote learner use of the target language. 

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Learners teaching learners

Learners teaching learners: student directed videos (Italian) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. This is an introduction to an on-line revision tool. First year Italian students describe developing resources for their peers on the topics of clothes and colo ...
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Promoting autonomous learning

  Beyond the classroom: Using YouTube for homework. This is a fifth year class using song from a Japanese animated film, with subtitles in the target language, to develop listening and reading skills. The song is taken from YouTube. The intention i ...
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Using contemporary music

      Using contemporary music for authentic language learning (German) from Vitall Project on Vimeo.       This is a TY German class using an authentic text. A collaborative, groupwork approach is used to explore a contemporary German pop song. ...
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Using digital storytelling in the classroom

Using digital storytelling in the language classroom (German) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. This is a second year German class on the topic of clothes. Digital microphones and MSPhotoStory3 are used to enhance students’ motivation and confidence in the ...
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Using drama in education and assessment

Using drama in education and assessment for learning (Italian) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. This is a sixth year Italian class.  Drama in education and active learning methodologies are used to motivate students and to make oral Leaving Certificate ex ...
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Using familiar images to promote vocab building

Using familiar images to promote vocabulary building (Italian) from Vitall Project on Vimeo. This is a first year class Italian class on the JC topic of the family. Students were scaffolded to independent production of the vocabulary associated with the ...
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Using Tablet to Support Language Learning (French)

In this video, teacher Sandrine Pac-Kenny from Presentation Secondary School, Wexford describes some of the apps she uses to support language learning with her 1st year class. These include Kahoot, Educanon, Make Dice Lite and Edmodo. These apps can be ...
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Using Tablets to Support Language Learning (German)

Using Tablets to support language learning (German) from PDST Technology in Education on Vimeo. In this video, German teacher Tina Killackey from Presentation Secondary School, Wexford describes some of the apps she uses to support language learning wi ...
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