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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...
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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).
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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.
This issue contains news from the ECML, the Language Policy Division and other relevant sectors of the Council of Europe.
"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)
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.
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.
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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.
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: http://clil-cd.ecml.at ; Content and Language Education strand of the current programme).
There is now a widespread belief that improved foreign language proficiency would allow more Irish people to find work at home and would open up more markets to Irish companies abroad.Indeed, a recent conference in Maynooth brought together educationalists, language professionals and members of the business community to discuss how Ireland's poor record in language learning can be turned around.
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A recent survey conducted for CILT, the National Centre for Languages, has revealed that employers rank foreign language skills as second only to IT when it comes to finding the right candidate. It is clear that UK businesses feel strongly about getting this message across, since close to 300 of Britain's top employers have signed up to a campaign to help young people bolster their employability by adding a language to their CV.
Boots, HSBC, Arsenal FC, Weetabix, and Royal Mail are among the British businesses who have united to inspire the next generation to learn a language...