International employers find that Irish graduates lack foreign language skills. Irish Independent article, 27th January 2019
Can anyone help Maria Neumann Larsen with the following request:
Examples of local language policies /strategies for primary schools (in Denmark that is age 5-16), describing the school’s practice in the areas: language choice in everyday communication and in class, use of /instruction in minority language, language pedagogy /supporting student language development across the curriculum, language testing, strategies for including NNS newcomers, and so on.
Her email address is email@example.com
Insightful and thought-provoking report on language provision in IoTs by Dr Sarah Berthaud (GMIT), Dr Riana Walsh (IT Tallaght) and Dr Kristin Brogan (IT Tralee). We welcome your comments and thoughts.
The English Language Support Teachers Association (ELSTA, established 2006) asks for your support in their effort to revive the association.
The revival of ELSTA is necessary as teachers of general subjects have expressed frustration at the lack of training in English as an Additional Language (EAL). The suspicions that EAL students are not reaching their potential in Irish schools were copper fastened in recent days, when the results of Unicef’s Report Card 15 were published.
Please read more in the letter from ELSTA below and sign it by November 23rd if you are in favour of a revival of the group.
The French Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, conferred the prestigious title of 'Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques' on Tanya Flanagan and Marie-Thérèse Batardière at a ceremony at the French Residence in Dublin on Friday, October 19th.
This award was in recognition of their contribution to language education and the promotion of French language and culture in Ireland.
Both are members of the One Voice for Languages Committee.
Article looks at research on students’ year abroad experiences and the programme Erasmus+. The authors highlight courses run at UCC to prepare students going on an Erasmus year abroad and to help them throughout their stay. The article also features an analysis by Liam Geraghty (RTÉ Radio One's The Business) who looks back at 30 years of the Erasmus+ project. www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/1017/1004733-how-students-can-make-the-best-of-a-year-abroad/
Link leading to RTE Brainstorm website, which is based on a partnership between RTE and third level institutions in Ireland.
The article also includes a link to the RTÉ Radio One's Today With Sean O'Rourke Show, with a discussion on Ireland's foreign language deficit with Paul Gillespie (former Foreign Policy Editor, Irish Times), Lynn Ruane (former president, Student Union, Trinity College Dublin) and Anna Ni Challachair (director, Language Centre, Maynooth).
One Voice for Languages, the inclusive and representative body for all languages across all education sectors, and IRAAL, the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, wish to bring to your attention the current under-representation by language practitioners from Institutes of Technology and Universities on the Foreign Language Advisory Group.
We appreciate that currently the Teacher Training Sector is representing third level at FLAG. However, representation from other strands of third level education would be logical, especially since the Foreign Language Strategy envisages a substantial increase of students studying a modern language at third level. This increase is only feasible, if a broader spectrum of viewpoints from across third level language education is represented.
Hence, we would welcome the addition of colleagues from third level institutions to join FLAG and help make the 10-year-plan become reality.
Results of the @OVFLanguages Focus group on the 200 hours for Junior cycle MFL #edchatie #mflire Please RT
Following the meeting of the OVFL members last Saturday where Sandrine Pac-Kenny presented and explained the results (see document below), it was decided to follow up with a meeting of interested teachers in September. Any teacher interested in participating in the focus group to propose solutions and work on a document to be eventually passed on to the NCCA, JCT and the DES, please get in touch to be added to the focus group. Just fill in this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScN9jalzN9DmLo0Gigw9y1QRadRBM031l3sxrLMHLslujCDHA/viewform
More details here.