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WebsiteScreenshotThe Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI) works to implement the policy of the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland of diversifying, enhancing and expanding the teaching of foreign languages in post-primary schools and has a lead role in implementing Languages Connect - Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2022 (links to the strategy documents are available here) and to the web portal for the awareness raising campaign here. The PPLI wishes to appoint a Marketing Development and Implementation Manager to support the implementation of this strategy. Further details about the PPLI and its work is available at www.languagesinitiative.ie.

The post is a full time position on a one year fixed-term contract, with potential to extend.

Information booklet with full details can be downloaded here

Closing date for application is 29th March. Application via irishjobs.ie. Click here to apply.

Job Specification

This exciting opportunity is for a generalist marketer with strong project management and communication skills to support the Post Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI). The ideal candidate will be responsible for partnering with key stakeholders (both internally and externally) to execute PPLI’s marketing, brand and communication strategies at a national level. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • digital strategy creation and execution (to include social media);
  • project management;
  • stakeholder engagement;
  • development and execution of targeted marketing campaigns;
  • vendor management;
  • content creation;
  • event management;
  • market research; and
  • the execution of marketing tactics.

The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying the marketing needs of PPLI, prioritising project timelines, effectively communicating internally during each phase, scheduling post project follow-ups, reviewing market data and analytics and delegating and co-ordinating activities to other team members and / or third-party vendors where appropriate.

This role is for a confident and experienced marketer who can bring a hands-on, results driven approach to the role. They should be a team player who can work independently when required and who will assist PPLI in carrying out its brief which is to diversify, enhance and expand the teaching and learning of foreign languages in the post primary curriculum.

 Expectations and Tasks:

  • Work in tandem with PPLI’s Director to drive and execute the marketing and communications agenda in line with strategic business objectives
  • Optimise the use of social media and other digital platforms to effectively communicate messages to target audiences
  • Increase awareness across PPLI stakeholders of available resources
  • Maintain a range of marketing collateral produced by the business
  • Develop and implement measurable marketing campaigns aimed at changing the nation’s thinking in relation to the value of foreign languages learning and exchange programmes. This could include any of the following activities: external events, stakeholder co-marketing, advertising, promotional video, advertising, social media and content development.
  • Develop messaging and creative content for presentations, newsletters, press releases, promotional materials and advertisements
  • Collaborate with external vendors and track status of key projects (i.e. website development and updates, video creation, graphic design, printing, translations)
  • Develop and maintain a robust social media content calendar that resonates with the target market and collaborate with the wider PPLI team to generate and update same
  • Create and implement a stakeholder engagement plan that could include outreach to MFL teachers, school leaders, career guidance counsellors, 3rd level language professionals, and SME business leaders
  • Ensure all working papers / reports created by PPLI are dissemination to the correct audiences maximising publicity where appropriate.
  • Be a brand champion

 Skills and Competencies:

  • Strategically focused marketing and communications specialist with a strong understanding of marketing disciplines
  • Possess a proactive and flexible approach to managing multiple projects within relevant timeframes in a fast-paced environment
  • Have a creative and innovative mind-set with strong communication skills (written and visual storytelling)
  • Exhibit confident presentation skills, with an ability to coach, influence and gain commitment from stakeholders
  • Possesses the ability to work as part of a team as well as to deliver projects independently
  • Is enthused and self-motivated to provide strategic and tactical support to PPLI’s Director on many fronts

 Requirements

Applicants must have (on the latest date for receipt of completed applications):

  • Marketing Degree or equivalent business experience - 8 plus years
  • Experience in education and / or sector
  • Proven project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Effective interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work within the internal team
  • Ability to manage and brief third-party vendors
  • Creative, innovative and dynamic
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex priorities within demanding timeframes
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and act tactically
  • Competence in a foreign language

 Minimum requirements:

The above listed expectations and tasks are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities or duties required.

We would like to survey parents/guardians and children/ students of home language speakers to find out what suggestions you have for your home language materials in public libraries.

To complete the survey, please click here.  

LC Recommended Reading Survey

Monday, 21 January 2019 10:52

RELANG WORKSHOP WORK MFL TEACHERS

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 Would you like to attend a workshop to learn how the CEFR relates to teaching and learning in Junior Cycle?

We are delighted that our application has been successful for another round of RELANG workshops.  The RELANG initiative offers training to stakeholders in the Member States of the European Union and the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) in exploring relationships between foreign language curricula and the CEFR and relating language tests and examinations to the CEFR. 

On this occasion we are inviting teachers to attend on the 21st and 22nd of February. The event will take place in Marino Institute of Education.

 During the 2 day workshop  dedicated to teachers we will have the opportunity to 

  • acquire confidence that they understand how the broad alignment of the new Junior Cycle curriculum with the CEFR can be reflected in assessment
  • acquire competence to create items that test students with proficiency on the A1/A2 bands of the CEFR
  • acquire knowledge on the new ‘plus levels’ and the new ‘Pre-A1’ level and how they relate to teaching and learning

There are 25 places available. Please note that standard subsistence and travel rates apply for attendance to the event.  Attendees are expected to submit all receipts and use public transport when possible. 

Register here:  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RELANG2019APPLICATION 
 

 

if you have any questions or would like more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 16:55

Audit of Foreign Languages in Schools

AuditImagePNGThis audit was carried out in the context of Languages Connect, Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2022. The audit sought to identify the range of languages schools offer, the languages schools wish to offer, and the range of language teachers employed in schools. It was also intended to identify teachers who are qualified to teach a foreign language but who may not currently have the opportunity to teach that language in their schools, with a view to providing opportunities and incentives for these teachers to upskill by means of CPD or post-graduate courses. Finally, it sought to identify locations where there is a level of interest and demand for mother tongue support to inform further provision. The results of the audit will be used to inform future actions which will be taken as part of the foreign languages strategy. Data is presented on the breakdown of languages taken throughout the different stages of school, including in junior cycle, transition year, and Leaving Certificate. This data highlights the dominance of French, and the various factors that influence how many languages a school is likely to offer. Data is presented on foreign language teachers in schools and spare capacity, or lack thereof, and the demand for upskilling. The languages that schools would like to be able to offer is also presented. The languages spoken in schools in addition to English and Irish are presented, as well as data on the provision of non-curricular languages as part of the Leaving Certificate, and support classes for these languages.

Click here to access

Monday, 07 January 2019 16:16

Japanese Speech Contest Application Form

Application forms for the 17th Annual Japanese Speech Contest 2019 run by the Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland

Secondary School Application Form

General Application Form 

17th Japanese Speech Contest

Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:58

Competition for 5th year Students of Spanish

Would you like to spend a week learning Spanish in Spain?  Click here for details and guidelines for this year's competition

competition poster 2019

Friday, 14 December 2018 17:25

PPLI Christmas Card

Click below to view card!

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Attention all German teachers!

Methodisch-didaktische Fortbildung zu Kurzfilmen und Filmszenen im Unterricht

In unserem praktischen Seminar lernen Sie neue methodisch-didaktische Ansätze, sowie aktuelle Kurzfilme und Filmszenen kennen, die sie produktiv in Ihrem Deutschunterricht einsetzen können.

Diese Veranstaltung richtet sich an Deutschlehrkräfte an Sekundarschulen und Hochschulen.

Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 20 Plätze beschränkt. Bitte melden Sie sich bis spätestens 30. Oktober bei dem Goethe-Institut Dublin unter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. an; die ersten 20 Interessierten werden einen Platz erhalten.

Ort:        Goethe-Institut Dublin, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Zeit:       Freitag, 09.11.2018, 10:00-16:00 Uhr (Für ein leichtes Mittagessen wird gesorgt.)

Referent: Péter Kulcsár

Language Department

Goethe-Institut Irland

37 Merrion Square

Dublin 2

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Education Officer (Foreign Languages) at Post-Primary Languages Initiative

Role

  • Facilitate the development of content for a variety of language upskilling programmes for language teachers and monitor provision;
  • Contribute to and facilitate the development of an online pedagogical manual and tutorials, with exemplars of good practice for the teaching of all languages;
  • Encourage and support the use of innovative teaching methods and ICT supports for learning languages;
  • Contribute to the expansion of communities of practice among foreign languages teachers;
  • Collaborate with and facilitate dissemination of work carried out by the Council of Europe and the European Centre for Modern Languages to promote excellence in language education;
  • Pilot a variety of options for introducing lesser taught languages into schools including shared classes/ blended learning models;
  • Deliver CPD for teachers of new languages
  • Design and provide resources to support quality learning and teaching;
  • Contribute to the development of guidelines and good practice exemplars to support new and immigrant languages;
  • Collaborate with relevant agencies and cultural institutes to promote excellence in language learning and teaching
  • Prepare language assistant training programme and later implement training programmes for language assistants at a group and individual level and liaise with schools;
  • Develop and pilot CLIL for TY

Job requirements

  • A degree in a foreign language and a post-graduate degree in applied linguistics or other relevant area;
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of teaching foreign languages;
  • Experience and expertise in the use of active learning methodologies which foster student engagement with the curriculum;
  • Proven record of managing complex projects, meeting deadlines, and achieving results;
  • Confident, personable and proactive personality with ability to motivate and inspire others;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills;
  • Competence to engage stakeholders and partners;
  • In-depth understanding of post-primary and the Irish education system;
  • Advanced IT and digital literacy skills;
  • Experience in training, facilitating workshops, and delivery of presentations
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise where necessary;
  • Flexible approach, self-motivating with ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team

Desirable

  • Expertise in CLIL 
  • Expertise in blended learning

Application

This is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EducationOfficerPPLI or by clicking here

Notes:

One year temporary contract

Secondment arrangements can be made for teachers

Expected interview date: Late November

Expected start date: January 2019

Closing date for application: Friday 16th November noon

Salary and additional information: See Information Booklet here

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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

MFL Teacher Upskilling Scheme

The MFL Teacher Upskilling Scheme was developed under 'Languages Connect' strategy to draw out the existing, unused 'dormant' language capacity in our schools. The scheme was aimed at languages teachers qualified in a language they are not teaching or are not teaching to full capacity. The idea was that with upskilling these teachers could get equipped to teach a language again after a period of not teaching it, or that they would be able to expand their teaching of the new language, perhaps moving from junior cycle teaching to senior cycle teaching. With upskilling, schools are able to expand their capacity in languages provision or add new languages that are available on the curriculum. MFL teachers in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian languages are currently availing of the upskilling scheme.

MFL Teacher Upskilling scheme is now closed for applications.

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

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