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FRENCH CPD DAY (22/6/18)


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Free Primary Languages Training event- The Language Magician (5/6/18)

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FREE Primary Training Event - The Language Magician

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FREE training session for Primary teachers- The Language Magician (online game)

Tuesday 5/6/18 - 14.30-16.00

School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work

Queen’s University Belfast, 69-71 University Street, Belfast


This FREE event gives you the opportunity to come and learn about a new interactive game for primary language learners called The Language Magician. With in-built tools for the teacher, this game helps you to measure learners’ progression in the foreign language. The game (which lasts 35 minutes at each level) gives language challenges, some to test knowledge and others to test flexibility and skills, and store qualitative information on pupils’ achievements which the teacher can access easily. The principle is not to test a piece of short-term memorisation (which teachers can do in their own classroom) but to recognise resilience, thinking, and longer term retention of language skills and knowledge; this reflects, of course, changes to assessment in the secondary phase in the UK.

Ian Collen, PGCE Modern Languages Course Leader, will take participants through all aspects of The Language Magician. The training will give you an opportunity to familiarise yourselves with the game in readiness for using it as an assessment tool with pupils learning French, Spanish, German or Italian.

More information on The Language Magician can be found on the project website.





'Sustaining German in schools in Northern Ireland’

Thursday 14/6/18 - 12.30-15.30 (Lunch included)

School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work

Queen’s University Belfast, 69-71 University Street, Belfast

(* Event rescheduled from 2/3/18. Please note revised date and venue.)


Join us along with other principals and representatives from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Goethe Institut London and the UK-German Connection for this unique opportunity to look at ways to sustain and support the learning and teaching of German at your school.

Issues will include:

  • What is the current context of German in schools in Northern Ireland?

  • Modern Languages across the UK: current developments

  • How the Goethe-Institut London can support German at your school

  • Intercultural learning in an authentic context: programmes, funding and new initiatives to support cross-curricular activities between schools and young people in the UK and Germany.

  • Round table discussion on current practice in schools

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CPD Day for Teachers of French at Key Stage 3 & 4

Translation, Progression & Engagement, Resources & Opportunities, Show & Tell

Friday 22nd June 2018 (9.00am -3.10pm)

School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work

6 College Park, Belfast, BT7 1PS. (Click here for map.)


Come and join us, along with our speakers this year: Ian Collen from NICILT and the School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work, Jennifer Wozniak from Broughton High School and Benoît Le Dévédec from the Institut Français in London, for this CPD event focusing on French at Key Stages 3 and 4.

FEE: £35


Booking will be open until 5pm on Friday 8th June 2018. We regret we cannot accept cheques. You will receive an automated confirmation in the first instance and a further email confirmation from NICILT approximately 2 weeks before the event with reminders and any amended details. Please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please provide a current email address (preferably C2K) and stipulate any dietary/access requirements during the booking process.

Please note parking at Queen’s can be difficult therefore we encourage you to leave enough time to find a space.

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9.00-9.30 Registration/ Coffee        
9.30-9.40 Welcome        

Session 1

Ian Collen

Translation is fun at Key Stage 3!

In response to new GCSE specifications for first teaching from 2017, teachers have had to adapt their Key Stage 3 schemes of work to include the explicit teaching of translation into and from French. This session will share ideas to make translation worthwhile, fun and engaging for the whole ability range at KS3, whilst ensuring a solid foundation for progression to GCSE.


Session 2

(Part 1)

Jennifer Wozniak

Planning for progression and engaging activities from Key Stage 3 to 4

How do we plan for progression and why we do it the way we do? Hear about some different, engaging, interesting and up-to-date strategies to make your students enthused in your classroom. Find out more practical ideas for speaking, writing, listening and reading skills to prepare students to achieve their best with confidence, and help with progression from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.

11.15-11.45 Break/ Exhibition        

Session 2

(Part 2)


Jennifer Wozniak

Planning for progression and engaging activities from Key Stage 3 to 4

 (As above)  


Session 3


Benoît Le Dévédec

Resources and opportunities with the Institut français

Find out how to set up project-based collaborative strategies in the French secondary classroom and hear an overview of the support solutions for French teachers in the UK by the Institut français (including Ifprofs, the Primary French project, and the DELF certification scheme).

1.20-2.10 Lunch/ Exhibition        
2.10-3.00 Session 4   Show and Tell

Do you have great ideas for teaching French? Would you like to share them with other teachers? At our 'Show and Tell' you can do exactly that! This session gives delegates the opportunity to share and hear about new ideas, resources, websites, activities and more. You can sign up when registering and on the day to take part, and to be in with a chance of winning some goodies for you and your classroom.

If it's not for you, you will still benefit from hearing from other teachers. Feedback from teachers at our last 'Show and Tell' in 2016 was very positive and some even said it was the best part of the day!

Come with lots of ideas and an appétit to show and tell!

3.00-3.10 Conclusion/Close        



Ian Collen

Ian Collen is Director of NICILT and Lecturer in Education at Queen’s University Belfast; a role which involves co-ordinating and teaching the PGCE in Modern Languages course, supervising student teachers on placement, as well as mentoring in-service teachers undertaking Masters degrees in various fields of primary and post-primary Teaching and Education. His first degree was MA French and German from St Andrews, and he has since learned Spanish to Graduate Diploma level. He has taught in Germany, held a University Teaching Fellowship at the Sorbonne and also taught across the 11-18 age range at Ballyclare High School. Ian also holds a Master of Teaching degree from Stranmillis and is in the final stages of a Doctorate in Education at Queen's.


Jennifer Wozniak

Jennifer Wozniak is originally from Lyon and moved to Lancashire in 2008. She is a Lead Practitioner for Teaching & Learning and Specialist Leader in Education in MFL at Broughton High School. She has a wide experience of teaching French from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4. She is passionate about languages and loves creating new resources for her classes.


Benoît Le Dévédec

Benoît Le Dévédec is the Language Attaché for the Institut français in the United Kingdom. He was born in France and graduated from the Université de Bretagne Sud and the Sorbonne, specialising in the English speaking world, linguistics, teaching, education policies, and promotion of the French language. He taught French and English from primary to higher education levels in France, England, Belgium, and the United States, and developed educational partnerships between France, India, Africa, and the United States. He also worked as Education Attaché in Belgium, in charge of creating bilingual programmes in the local school system and more recently served as Director of the French Heritage Language Programme in New York.


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