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CES&L (Crafting Employability Strategies & Languages) project launch, September, 7th, Trinity College Dublin
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Towards a plurilingual whole school policy in European schools, Final conference of Project Plur>E Friday, 22nd September 2017TU Darmstadt, Wilhelm-Köhler-Saal (S1|03 283)
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"Statement by a colleague about #language entry requirements for degree courses" #edchatie #mflire @langteachersIreland @languages_ie
Recent developments indicate that the NUI sector is moving towards a piecemeal removal of language entry requirements for degree courses.
NUI Maynooth passed a proposal at Academic Council on 5th December 2016 to remove the third language requirement for courses in Business, Law and Economics. This decision is likely to be followed by similar moves in other NUI Business faculties. It puts Maynooth in an outlier position within the NUI on this issue, as Law and Commerce faculties elsewhere and most Social Sciences courses have a third language requirement for entry.
This development does not affect the Irish language requirement. But it will have negative consequences on the uptake of foreign languages in secondary school as pupils will note that they are not necessary to study certain subjects, including popular courses such as Law and Business. There is evidence that since Maynooth's decision, some guidance teachers have already informed pupils and parents of the removal of the language requirement for these course. Perceptions of the value of learning languages will suffer if this trend continues.
The NUI Maynooth initiative flies in the face of IBEC's recommendation that more emphasis be placed on quality language teaching in the Irish educational system. It particularly begs the question as to how graduates in business will be able to deal with companies outside the English-speaking world. Moreover, students of the affected faculties will also be at a disadvantage as regards participation in international study programmes such as Erasmus, as their choice of destinations will be narrower. The move also comes at a time when diversity is under attack in various countries, in an unfavourable political context.
The danger now is that NUI Maynooth's decision will have a twofold effect: departments in these subjects in other NUI institutions may follow suit in order to compete for students (this may be the ultimate motivation behind the Maynooth move). This in turn will lead to a weakening of the position of languages in secondary schools as the matriculation requirement motivation for study of foreign languages is gradually removed, course by course.
June, 25th, 2017
@IRAAL_Ireland: #Language, #Identity and #Education in #Multilingual Contexts - #LIEMC18 February 2018 #languages
IRAAL presents: Language, Identity and Education in Multilingual Contexts - LIEMC18 in the Marino Institute of Education and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
1-3 February 2018
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We, The Presidents and Executives of, respectively, IRAAL (Irish Association for Applied Linguistics), OVFL (One Voice for Languages) and the IoTs Language Network strongly welcome the re-appointment of Mr Richard Bruton TD as Minister for Education and Skills in the new government. We hope that the renewal of Mr Bruton’s appointment as Minister will lead now to the imminent launch of the long-awaited Foreign Languages Strategy. The Minister has shown a strong commitment and support to the Foreign Languages Strategy identifying it as a key element in the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019.
It is acknowledged that Ireland has much ground to make up in this field and urgently needs to leverage existing and new resources to address provision shortfalls in foreign language teaching, an area of immense importance at a time of growing global change and challenge. All three organisations and their many members have made significant contributions to the Consultation Framework for the strategy and renew their commitment to further engagement with the Minister and his officials. We wish Mr Bruton well in his ambitious endeavours and look forward to the long-awaited launch of this key Foreign Languages Strategy for Ireland in the very near future.
Great opportunity in two regions for secondary school language teachers.
Come and share ideas with colleagues of all languages.
Wexford is on April 25th and Cork on April 27th.
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Our Live, love, learn languages Language fair is taking place on May 6th. There are 4 folds to the event:
- A reading marathon - volunteers reading a piece of their choice in a language other than English. If you would like to take part please click here. Looking to have as many languages represented.
- A series of workshops/talks - Free and open to all. Due to the limited numbers, you must have a ticket to attend. See the programme and booking links here.
- An exhibition space filled with diverse stands from language learning stand, language promotion, language courses and trips and cultural services from Embassies.
- A performance area where you will be able to experience drama, dances etc... in a foreign language.
So why don't you pencil it in your calendar!
May 6th, Filmbase in Temple bar, Dublin 2!
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Details of the upcoming Applied Linguistic Summer School are here.
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