We are delighted to inform you that the registration for our next webinar is now open - join us on April 28 for an update on the new Primary MFL project with Languages Connect, guest speaker, Salvo Cacciato. Post-Primary Languages Ireland ELSTA Page
(from CoE website)
At their meeting on 2 February the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a recommendation to member States on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture and took note of its explanatory memorandum. This recommendation addresses two developments of concern to the Council of Europe: a tendency on the part of public authorities and civil society to think that proficiency in one additional language is enough; and the notion that proficiency in minority or migrant languages, widespread in today’s increasingly diverse societies, is harmful to societal cohesion.
Responding to the challenge of linguistic diversity: a plurilingual approach to primary education
On Wednesday 16th at 17:00 ECT (4pm in Ireland)
LINK TO WEBINAR
We are delighted to now confirm that our webinar has been rescheduled and will be held on Tuesday, February 8th, at 8pm.
Please note that you need to register again to attend.
Registration link : https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/exploring-language-educator-unique-competences-tickets-249686758817
We regret to inform you that due to personal circumstances, we have had to defer this webinar until the New Year. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to hopefully welcoming back the many colleagues who had registered for this event to a new date in January. Information on the new arrangements will be posted as soon as possible.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7TH - 8pm
What's so special about language teaching? Exploring language educator unique competences.
We are delighted to announce this joint winter webinar, in collaboration with AULC . Our guest speaker is Dr Emma Riordan, UCC, who will discuss the HELECs project and language educator competences.
For details and registration, please visit: Exploring language educator unique competences Tickets, Tue 7 Dec 2021 at 20:00 | Eventbrite
Join the English Language Support Teachers’
Association of Ireland (ELSTA)!
Our vision for the English Language Support Teachers’ Association of Ireland (ELSTA) is to have a national association that is led by teachers and supports the teachers who work at the coal face in schools.
This association has recently renewed its work after a very well attended AGM in late September this year.
We have a strong and enthusiastic committee of experienced and hard working teachers in the new National Executive that includes:
Livia Healy Public Relations Officer
Phil McCarthy Membership Secretary
Maureen Browne Web Moderator
We are working hard to reestablish the English Language Support Teachers Association of Ireland’s communication platforms. We are building a new dynamic website that will support teachers.
Why do we need an association? Why now?
Every few days, teachers forums receive messages from teachers asking questions like:
“I just got a job as an EAL teacher. What do I do? What planning is required? Where do I start? How much time do I give to each student?” Or
“I’m a mainstream teacher. It’s my first time having a child who has no English. What do I do? They are coming on Monday. I don’t know where to start!”
These types of situations worry teachers and cause unnecessary stress.
ELSTA can provide support for these teachers and their students. For every teacher who asks for support on social media, there may certainly be teachers who do not seek advice but struggle to reinvent the wheel themselves while feeling isolated and alone.
We hope that ELSTA can provide teachers with this support as well as providing them with ongoing sustainable communities of professional practice that can offer teachers from all levels of experience opportunities for networking with teachers across Ireland.
We need an association that recognises that in the changing face of English language teaching is also impacted by our current limitations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The way we support teachers and their learners has changed and we need to change our ways of providing support, too. We will need to be culturally and linguistically responsive to this and provide new and innovative models of support. This includes the changes to our practice required for remote and/or blended learning, the range of issues faced by our students/families in our schools and our work as advocates for them.
We will start by looking at the resources and programmes provided by the existing support services such as the PDST, NCSE, SESS and the Yellow Flag Programme. We will link in with the existing curricular support services and other Teacher Professional Networks in collaborative and cooperative ways. We will work to ensure that teachers who work with English language learners and the students whom they serve are given the best possible opportunity to achieve the most they can academically, socially and linguistically.
There is a huge need for innovation and we need to modernise our methodologies and materials in the area of English language teaching for developing multilingual students.
Encouraging linguistically and culturally responsive practice within our profession is also a high priority of our association. With this as the bedrock of our professional practice, we can best meet the needs of our students and their families.
The maintenance and support of students’ mother tongue will be a major focus of our association going forward and we will work in partnership with Mother Tongues Ireland, minority ethnic community groups, NGOSs and migrant led organisations to encourage multilingualism, cultural understanding and unity in our society.
Collaboration with researchers and academics and using evidence-based practice is also an important aspect of any teacher professional network. We will use research to help us to inform our practice and work towards bringing our students and teachers the results of recent research in the area of bilingual/multilingual education and pedagogy.
The developing multilingual students we work with every day in our schools are perfect examples of the linguistic and cultural diversity we aim to promote in our world while encouraging all our students to embrace our rich and deep connection with Irish language and culture, too.
We will offer our members our support through a “Members Only” section of our website with resources, planning/policy templates and exemplars, training videos, web links, an ELSTA Padlet, exclusive invitations to training webinars and conferences.
We look forward to supporting teachers!
Please join us!
English Language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland (ELSTA)
Link to join
Cathaoirleach / Chairperson
English Language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland (ELSTA)
PPLI is happy to announce that applications are being accepted for the role of an additional Education Officer to support the implementation of Languages Connect – Ireland’s Foreign Languages in Education strategy.
The person appointed will be expected to be familiar with the key issues at all sectors of the education system in Ireland, will have significant experience of teaching at post-primary level, and qualifications relevant to language teaching.
The post is a full-time position. In the case of a teacher in Ireland contracted on secondment the initial contract would be for a fixed-term of 6 months. In the case of other candidates the contract is a one-year fixed term contract (with six-month probationary period). PPLI is based in Blanchardstown although alternative arrangements will be considered in exceptional circumstances.
More information at this link
Language Assistant in the area of German as a Foreign Language / LektorIn für Deutsch als Fremdsprache.
Full details on this post are available on the College’s website: https://www.mic.ul.ie/about-mic/vacancies
(including job description and application form).
The deadline for applications is Friday, 10th July at 2pm.
The Network of Experts working on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET) has prepared a new report entitled: The future of language education in Europe: case studies of innovative practices. It is available on: nesetweb.eu. The approach to teaching and learning in Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) is featured on pp. 24,25 of the full report under the heading: Foreword: an example of innovative instructional approaches to language-sensitive teaching.
A series of webinars based on the report above, hosted by NESET and co-chaired by the European Commission starts on 18 June 2020. All four webinars are open to the public and are free of charge. All information are on this direct link to the NESET page about the webinars.
The 27th ICC Annual Conference "Innovation in Language Teaching" due to take place in Belgrade, Serbia on 08-10 May has been postponed to 16-18 October 2020.