St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, is a great time to inject some Irish culture into your classroom, with these videos, audio and interactive activities.
Happy St Patrick’s Day – some of the figures may be a bit approximate in this promotional video, but it’s great for becoming familiar with some Irish traditions and traits, and practising numbers. Like many documents associated with Ireland, it does feature an image of beer.
All About Ireland
A great little film from the Irish Tourist Board which is exactly what it says on the tin: All About the Island of Ireland. (It covers both the Republic and Northern Ireland without getting into the details.) No voiceover, it’s more of an animated powerpoint with lots of practical information about geography, weather, currency, etc.
A ready-made class activity would be to ask pupils to produce a presentation on the same model about France. The language is easy enough to use as a model from A1+, higher levels could get a bit more creative. Finding the equivalent information for France is a painless way to check comprehension.
You can find videos and audio about St Patrick’s Day and Ireland at A1+ level, with accompanying interactive comprehension activities on the Banque de ressources anglais cycle 4. To see the resources, register or log in now.
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Vidéos > A1+> Rencontres avec d’autres cultures > “St Patrick’s Day”. A short video about St Patrick and the celebrations on 17 March, with suggestions for an EPI around Celtic founding myths and writing a traditional-style song.
Audios > A1+> Rencontres avec d’autres cultures > Témoignages > “St Patrick’s Day”. A teenager describes St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Includes suggestions for an EPI suggestion on making a video about Saint Patrick’s legend.
Vidéos > A1+> Voyages et migrations > “Book a Ticket for Ireland”. Two schoolgirls are participating in the planning of a school trip to Dublin. Includes information on Ireland, and travel vocabulary, along with an EPI suggestion on making a map.
This one-minute film is a good introduction to Irish folk music. It’s a promotional film for Tradfest, a festival held in Dublin in January. There is no voiceover, just onscreen text, so the focus is on images, and commenting on them. A perfect document for practising the be + V-ing form: They are dancing, singing, clapping. She is playing the violin. He is playing the banjo, etc. Usable from A1.
The video is usable from A2. It’s 1’30” long, so, used without images it would be good for training for the listening comprehension test for the Baccalauréat. At A2+ pupils can get the sense of the description of Irish past and present, and the rugby tournament. At B1, pupils should be able to understand some of the idiomatic expressions around the word “world” (edge of the world, New World, travelled the world, centre of the world, making the world smaller, special part of the world, nothing in this world we can’t achieve, the envy of the world, a world of memories…)