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Opportunities for Key Stage 3

NICILT supports statutory language learning in post-primary schools by running a range of events for pupils:-

Francofest is a unique event for Year 10 pupils of French and is held at Queen's University every February. It is a mock trade-fair where pupils sell products they have created or market a French-speaking town-and all in French! NICILT runs bespoke 'Languages for Employability' workshops in schools for Year 10 pupils to raise awareness of the importance of studying languages beyond Key Stage 3 for future careers purposes. In October 2019 we will also be running a mini film fest for Year 10 pupils of Spanish and French at Queen's Film Theatre. It will consist of subtitled and introduced screenings of French and Spanish films, guided tours of Queen's and post-film workbooks for pupils to complete after the event.

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NICILT runs the Northern Ireland A-level French, Spanish and German debating competitions for schools in collaboration with a range of organisations.

The debates are especially designed to support AS and A2 language studies and help pupils gain greater expertise in speaking and listening skills in their chosen language as well as enhanced confidence, communication and ability to work in a team. They take place at Queen's University Belfast every February and March. The 2019-20 competition is now open for registration and we particularly welcome entries from non-selective post-primary schools. Entries from these schools will be automatically given a place at the event.

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Browse our resources section housing materials tailored for NICILT events, online links and more. Resources also include online links for teaching French, German, Irish, Spanish and more. Here you will also find ideas on methodologies for language teaching and an alphabetical list of publishers of language learning materials.


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