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Digital Technology for Modern Foreign Language Teachers (Post-Primary)

Course Details


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Course dates

07-03-24 to 24-05-24

Study time

3 hours

Target audience

Post-primary MFL teachers



This course demonstrates effective ways to integrate digital technology into the teaching of modern foreign languages (MFL) at post-primary level. You will learn how to enhance students’ listening and speaking skills using popular tools, supported by practical guidance. You will explore digital tools for assessment and gain insights from videos of good practice recorded in MFL classrooms, as well as the experiences of other MFL teachers.

You will leave the course with practical, actionable steps to implement in your own teaching.

This course was developed by Oide Technology in Education in partnership with Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Assess your own digital skills to support MFL teaching
  • Identify digital resources and tools for MFL teaching and learning
  • Use digital tools to develop students’ listening and speaking skills in the target language
  • Use digital tools to support MFL assessment.

Course Content

There are three modules in the course:

1. Digital Technologies for Listening Skills

In this module, you will assess your current use of digital technology in the MFL classroom, explore digital learning opportunities and learn about digital tools that support listening skills in the target language. You will also get access to the learning journal that you will complete as you go through the course.

2. Digital Technologies for Speaking Skills

In module 2, you will find out more about the wealth of MFL resources available online. You will have the opportunity to use recording tools, explore digital storytelling and become familiar with considerations for digital copyright and acceptable use.

3. Digital Technologies for Assessment in MFL

This final module provides guidance on digital tools for assessment and how they can be used in the MFL classroom. It also introduces digital portfolios for MFL. You will learn about opportunities for sharing and applying your learning in your own school and come away from the course with practical actions for your own teaching.



A laptop, desktop pc or tablet* with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed. A good broadband internet connection is essential. 

*Most tablet devices work well with our course software but some older devices may not be compatible. Please do not use a smartphone to complete the course.


While this course is free, the content includes examples of many apps and software titles for the purposes of illustration, some of which involve a cost.

NB: Participants need to access two third party applications – without needing to login – as part of the course.  Please be aware of these applications’ terms of service and privacy policies, as follows:

Framework mapping

Digital Learning Framework

This course maps to the Teaching & Learning (Domains 3 and 4) of the Digital Learning Framework.

For more information visit the DL planning website.

DigCompEdu Competences

The course maps to the DigCompEdu Competency Framework for educators, in particular Area 3: Teaching and Learning.

For more information visit the DigCompEdu website


A course certificate is provided upon completion of this course.

You may be able to consider this course for Croke Park hours, subject to school management approval, particularly in relation to up to ten ‘Croke Park’ hours that may be allowed for potential individual/small group use (Circular 0042/2016 Primary and Circular 045/2016 Post Primary).

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