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Monday, 21 January 2019 10:52


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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: 


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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.

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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

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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


  • 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


  • Expertise in CLIL 
  • Expertise in blended learning


This is available online at or by clicking here


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



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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