Welcome to the September 2020 Post-Primary Languages Ireland Newsletter.
We would like wish you the best on your return to school and for the year ahead.

Calling all MFL Teachers and TY Coordinators! We hope that we can hold #ThinkLanguages in a more localised way in 2020 – to do this we need to understand how it would work best in your school. Please fill out our survey by Wednesday 16th September so we can understand how best to do so.

With the present situation, MFL Communities of Practice, which usually take place all over Ireland, will now be going virtual but still county based with the PPLI associates facilitating them.  They will last 1 hour and there will be between 15-20 attendees at a time to facilitate collaboration and exchanges. Details will be highlighted on our Events Calendar and in our News section and emailed to all past attendees.
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We have a collection of tutorials available for using Digital Technologies with your classes. Tutorials include Adobe Spark Video, Whiteboard.fi, Audio Feedback: QWIQR, Book Creator, My Talking Avatar, iFunFace,  and Mystery Skype.  Additional materials are constantly being added.
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Are you interested in learning more about CLIL? Why not join our Facebook Group, CLIL 4 MFL. We already have over 100 members and hope that this will be a space where teachers can share resources and ask questions about CLIL. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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Languages Connect has teamed up with the European Commission again this year for Culture Night on Friday, 18th September. This year, Culture Night is going virtual, so we would like to invite you to ‘Try a new language’ from the comfort of your own home. We are offering 20-minute online taster classes in the following languages: Dutch, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. These also link in with our annual celebration of the European Day of Languages on Saturday, 26th September.
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We have a number of modules designed for TY students who are beginning to learn a language, including German, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish and Spanish. Chinese and Portuguese were recently added and updated, with Russian available soon. Each module has a selection of tasks which you can choose from. They all include a topic overview, description, learning outcomes and the necessary resources.
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Spanish Language Challenge” is a new booklet available from PPLI for Spanish learners! This can be used in conjunction with the Languages Connect video of three teams of beginner Spanish learners sent to Santander in northern Spain to complete a series of challenges.
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Languages Connect ran a very successful “Say Yes to Languages” campaign recently. Each week our imagination was captured with fun facts about festivals, food, sport and more! 13 languages were highlighted. There was lots of engagement, and resources are still available.
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Lithuanian and Portuguese are now curricular languages, and, along with the new LC Chinese, were added to the list of classes for Leaving Certificate 2022 students. Registration for these Leaving Cert language classes was very successful and in some cases a waiting list applies. Russian (Limerick, Galway), Lithuanian (Dublin), Japanese (Dublin, Cork), Romanian (Dublin), Portuguese (Dublin) and Chinese (Cork, Dublin) have limited places still available. The online written support for 6th year students in Lithuanian, Polish and Portuguese as non-curricular languages in 2021 now also has a waiting list.
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