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As part of raising awareness of the value of learning foreign languages and of the value of spending time abroad, schools are being offered the opportunity to apply for funding as part of a new Funding for School Exchanges Scheme. Ten schools will be awarded €15,000 each to contribute towards exchange costs such as flights, to offer scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to participate, or for other needs that the school identifies as contributing towards language learning on the exchange. Skills developed through taking part in language exchanges which include adaptability, problem-solving, networking and communication skills as well as actual language skills, are necessary in order for students to develop and thrive in the future as well as to find employment.

Funding for School Exchanges Scheme: Guidelines and Application – click here

Languages Connect: How-to Manual and Toolkit for School Exchanges – click here

 

Exchanges

Friday, 07 September 2018 08:49

Languages Upskilling for MFL Teachers

Under the Department of Education and Skills strategy 'Languages Connect : Ireland's Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2016' Action 2.A.3 a MFL Teacher Languages Upskilling Scheme has been developed.

The scheme enables Post-Primary schools/MFL Teachers to apply for funding to upskill teachers qualified in a language they are not currently teaching and which they can introduce and develop in a school to build additional language teaching capacity.

If in your school you have MFL teachers who would like to upskill in a language in order to add to the school’s language provision capacity, they are encouraged to apply. You can access the Scheme Guidelines and the Application Form here.

Applications will remain open until 15th October 2018 but you are advised to apply as soon as possible as each application will be processed when it is submitted and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI) is administering the scheme which is available to all Post-Primary schools.

For any queries please contact Kirsi Hanifin kirsi.hanifin@languagesinitiative.ie 

2018 04 16 1617Blackrock April 2018This will be the last meeting for this academic year.

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Monday, 19 February 2018 11:39

Recruitment: Four new positions at PPLI

NewjobsieWe are currently recruiting for four positions in PPLI in order to support the beginning of implementation of #languagesconnect, Ireland's foreign languages strategy. Please click here to access the link.

Monday, 12 February 2018 18:07

Digital Tools for MFL: Moving Forward

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Friday, 02 February 2018 12:48

Aprende español en Castilla y León

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Competition for 5th year students of Spanish

Click here for details and guidelines for this year's competition

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Friday, 22 December 2017 12:19

Season's greetings!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thank you for all your support during 2017.  We are looking forward to working with you again in 2018.
 
Don't forget to stay updated in 2018 - follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep an eye on our updated website. 
 
P.S. Why not test your knowledge about Christmas in some of our target language countries by playing our short quiz here?

 

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 14:08

Languages Connect

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Languages Connect: DES Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2016

Minister Bruton has just this week published Ireland's strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026  along with a 5 year implementation plan. The Plan sets out a roadmap to put Ireland in the top ten countries in Europe for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, through a number of measures targeted at improving proficiency, diversity and immersion. These include a commitment to an increase in the number of schools offering two or more languages, the number of students sitting languages for examination, the number of students in higher education studying a foreign language, the number of participants in Erasmus+, the number of teachers and students participating in exchange programmes, and the number of  foreign language assistants in schools, as well as a commitment to improving the quality of foreign language teaching at all levels.

There are 100 actions in the Strategy, which include the introduction of Chinese as a foreign language for LC; the introduction of curricular specifications for heritage speakers for Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese; exploring the potential for introducing bonus points at Leaving Certificate for studying foreign languages in cases where students apply for higher education courses in language-related areas; enhancement of employer engagement in the development of new trade languages; incentivising schools to diversify their language offer, including by means of concessionary hours where appropriate; enabling students in Further Education and Training and Higher Education to do work placements in the parent country, appointing “language champions” from business and other sectors to demonstrate the opportunities available for graduates with foreign language competences and the development of new models of delivering language teaching, such as shared classes and blended learning to allow students who are part of small immigrant communities, within specific schools, to develop their heritage language skills.

For a proper look at the strategy and the corresponding implementation plan go to the Department of Education and Skills link  here
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