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Friday, 14 September 2012 09:34

Schools lag in teaching foreign languages

Schools lag in teaching foreign languages

Saturday, September 25, 2010, Irish Times by ARTHUR BEESLEY, European Correspondent

IRISH PRIMARY schools have the lowest level of foreign language tuition in Europe and tuition levels in secondary schools have declined since the start of the century, new EU research shows. Read more...

To access the full Eurostat report click here

Friday, 14 September 2012 09:34

RIA seeks coherent languages strategy

The absence of a coherent language learning strategy in the Republic's primary and secondary schools is damaging the State's competitiveness internationally according to a report published today by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA).

For full article open here

By Katherine Donnelly

Wednesday March 10 2010

HIGHER level Leaving Certificate Italian students prepared for an essay on a prescribed novel without actually reading the book in the foreign language.

A number of last year's students took the easy option by reading an English translation of the book -- or by simply watching the DVD.


Friday, 14 September 2012 09:33

New issue of European Language Gazette

The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe is pleased to announce that the Winter 2011/Spring 2012 issue of the European Language Gazette is now online:

This issue contains news from the ECML, the Language Policy Division and other relevant sectors of the Council of Europe.

Friday, 14 September 2012 09:33

Multilinguals have a competitive edge!

"Multilinguals have a competitive edge! - 'Study on the Contribution of Multilingualism to Creativity' uncovers groundbreaking data" is now available for download and wider distribution in English
Friday, 14 September 2012 09:33

Mandarin may yet be taught in schools

"At the publication yesterday of a report on the demand for Mandarin at post-primary schools, Mr Martin said policymakers in Ireland needed to be innovative when presenting languages such as Mandarin to students and developing such languages for the State’s schools and examination system." (Irish Times 26th November)

Friday, 14 September 2012 09:32

Learning Languages Early

Learning early is key to foreign language fluency

05 Feb 2009
by Dorothy Lepkowska, SecEd

Foreign language learning needs to take place before pupils start secondary school if children are to master them with any degree of fluency, according to new research.

A study, being carried out by an academic at the Collegium de Lyon in France, has found that it is a "myth" that young children get confused if faced with the prospect of learning more than one language from a young age.


Friday, 14 September 2012 09:32

Language Gap is Latest Threat to Jobs

Only 8 per cent of Irish secondary pupils learn two or more foreign languages, the European average is 60 per cent. How are we getting it so wrong? asks GRÁINNE FALLER

UNUSUALLY for Morning Ireland these days, the news was good. It was the beginning of March and managing director of HP Ireland, Martin Murphy, was being interviewed about 60 new jobs created by his company. He explained that the jobs would require candidates to speak at least one of a variety of European languages. "No Irish need apply then," quipped the interviewer.

Read more here

Friday, 14 September 2012 09:31

Konnichiwa to New Languages


LEARNING JAPANESE AND CHINESE: TY students, bored with the same old language modules, are learning tongue-twisting tongues from the far east, writes PETER McGUIRE

POWER IS moving east. Europe's population is in decline, and American supremacy has taken a thumping.

The Transition Year students at Christ King Secondary School in Cork are amongst hundreds of students who are jettisoning the usual European language modules to tackle the unfamiliar sounds of Chinese and Japanese.


High Demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Graduates in addition to skilled Multi-linguists says to IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary.
Friday, 14 September 2012 09:30

Flash Forward

Flash Forward - Most language teachers shun social networking sites and other Web 2.0 technologies.

Friday, 14 September 2012 09:29

Curriculum Development for CLIL

The press release relates to work conducted by the team members of the ECML project 'Curriculum development for Content and Language Integrated Learning' CLIL-CD (project website: ; Content and Language Education strand of the current programme).

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