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St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin

Development education and intercultural education are both based on respect and value for one's own culture, and promotes respect for and interaction with other cultures, both locally and globally. Both are concerned with the building of knowledge and understanding, skills and capacities, and attitudes and values necessary to enable individuals to critically examine the world, its development and its interdependencies and to act, both locally and globally, to make it a more just and equitable place.

7th February 2013


Today my students and I visited the Wood of Life exhibition during our elective class.
We had been discussing how to link content and language for English language learners and the importance of visuals when supporting language use.

The Wood of Life was an opportunity for the students to see how the teacher could use a topic to make cross curricular links while also developing language and literacy skills.

The large scale posters were a good example of how to use visual graphics to develop higher order thinking skills, for example: de-forestation (cause and effect), species of trees/timber (compare and contrast).

The range of wood samples available also provided ideas on using materials and resources to present the content and support the language needed.

Therese McPhillips
B Ed 3 Elective
'Literacy for English Language Learners’
7 Feb 2013


Hosted by DICE: Just Forests wish to thank The DICE Project for hosting the exhibition. The DICE Project is a member of the SPHE Network, a group which actively promotes and develops Social, Personal and Health Education in Ireland. Click here for more on The DICE Project

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