MFL Alive Seminar 2015

French Target Language Session


MFL Alive 2015 is delighted to provide the opportunity for target language teachers to come together to share practice relevant to their particular subject area(s). 


Effective Use of iPads/ Tablets in the MFL Classroom


This workshop considers the integration of iPads/ Tablets into the daily practice of teaching and learning in the MFL classroom. It explores how ICT can successfully support student engagment in language learning and acquisition.


Presenter Biography


Dervla works in Loreto Beaufort, Dublin, teaching French, History and IT. Working as a PDST facilitator since 2009, she is a member of a team that develops and presents nationwide workshops such as: Talking up a Storm, Bridging the Gap and Springboard to TY and Beyond. Dervla also works for Folens Publishers and is the author of the Leaving Certificate textbook Tout Va Bien! Passionate about technology, she has a particular interest in using ICT in the language classroom in order to help students reach their full potential.







What a French Class Looks Like in 2015!


This workshop considers the changing landscape of the French classroom and key reflections in supporting language learning and acquisition.


Presenter Biography


Ursula Bracken is a teacher of French and English in Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin. She has worked for 18 years for the SEC in examining the Leaving Certificate French Orals and is currently school mentor in the Droichead Programme and an MFL associate with PDST. In 2005, while on career break, Ursula worked in Broadcast Media in both Newstalk and RTE. She has since returned to the classroom and has seen many changes. She has presented for the Teaching Council at the Scotens conference on the benefits of CPD and believes that we as professionals are always learning.





Presenter Biography


Anne Grills is a post-primary teacher currently teaching French, English and Drama in Manor House School, Dublin where she has also taught Spanish and beginners Japanese. She has been working as a facilitator with the PDST Modern Languages Group for six years, developing and delivering countrywide workshops such as Talking up a Storm, Bridging the Gap and Springboard to TY and Beyond. She is interested in all things connected with language learning and is currently piloting ideas on ICT in the classroom, independent learning in TY and reading strategies for seniors.