MFL Alive Seminar 2015

MFL Alive SEMINAR 2015


PDST is delighted to welcome you to Modern Foreign Languages Alive 2015 on 7th November 2015 in Maynooth University (John Hume Building, North Campus). This is PDST's first national seminar bringing teachers of modern languages together for a full day event.


This seminar offers a broad and diverse range of workshops as well as the opportunity for professional conversations around practice in the teaching of Modern Foreign Languages.   


Here you will find all of the presentations and materials used during the workshops. 


We hope you enjoy the day!



Welcome from Rachel Farrell and Caroline McHale





MFL Alive 2015 Schedule and Programme



You can download a copy of the MFL Alive Schedule here.






 You can download a copy of the MFL Alive Programme here.



In conversation with...


It was wonderful to hear how the French and Spanish Embassies, and Léargas are supporting teachers of Modern Foreign Languages in Ireland. 


Summary of support being offered by the French Embassy.


Summary of support being offered by the Spanish Embassy.


Take a look at for more information on support being offered by Léargas.



MFL Alive 2015 TeachMeet


Our TeachMeet was a wonderful sucess! Thank you to all involved, great sharing of practice and ideas with colleagues. 


TeachMeet Taster!





MFL Alive 2015 Presentations and Workshops


Here you can access the presentation materials by following the links below!


Morning Session: 


Scoilnet and Other Useful Websites with Richard Egan

Assessment for Learning in the MFL Classroom with Maria Harney



Break-out Session:





What a French Classroom Looks Like in 2015! with Ursula Bracken



Effective Literacy Strategies for Improving Listening Comprehension with Trisha Mc Neill


Italian & Spanish

Fostering an interest and a passion for the target language country... with Ellen Barrett



Afternoon Session:



Some useful links to further explore the CEFR and the MFL classroom can be accessed here.








Please stay in touch with all of the exciting events that are happening at Modern Languages Alive 2015. The Twitter #tag for the seminar is #MFLAlive15 .  @PDST_Ireland and @LiteracyLink1 will also be providing updates! 


PDST Active Learning Toolkit


We are delighted to share our English and Target Language resources with you. We would appreciate your feedback on these. Contact with your suggestions!


Integrated Approach to Teaching and Learning Booklet 


Graphic Organisers Booklet English Version


Draft MFL Graphic Organisers Supplement


Draft French Role Cards


Draft German Role Cards


Draft Italian Role Cards


Draft Spanish Role Cards



Links and resources mentioned on the day!


There were lots of ideas and tips shared on the day. We are putting them here for your reference.


Link to


PDST Online Course - ICT in the MFL Classroom 


PDST TiE Good Practice Videos in MFL


One Voice for Languages


La Classe de Sandrine


La Classe de Sandrine - Noël


La Classe de Sandrine - J'ai fini!


La Classe de Sandrine - Who Stole Santa's Sleigh?