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Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:57

Polish Leaving Cert courses 2014

LC 2014 Plakat Warsztaty 512 x 716Polish language workshops for students – Leaving Certificate exam 2014

The application process for the course for students who would like to take Polish as a non-curricular language at their Leaving Certificate exam in 2014 is now open.To apply please send the application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Application deadline: 20th September 2013

The course will start on 19th October 2013 (Saturday) in the cities most frequently indicated in the application forms.

A detailed program and rules of the course will be announced at a later date.

More info here








Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:34

Spanish Competition

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Spanish Competition

The annual Spanish prize giving ceremony topk place in the Spanish Embassy on May 21st.

Joel Nixon and Stephanie Dimitriova from Ashton College in Cork were the winners of the Spanish competition for 5th year students.

Together with their teacher Mr. Guiney they were awarded a prize for a week´s long course in Spain with travel and accommodation. The prize was sponsored by the Junta de Castilla y León and the Ofician de Turismo de España in Ireland.




Friday, 18 January 2013 10:20

Comenius Programme

ComeniusThe Comenius Assistantship Programme provides funding for future teachers or those considering teaching as a possible career path, to spend at least 13 weeks teaching in a school in a participating European country. The 2013 deadline for applications for Comenius Assistantships is 31 January. 

Please note that this is a highly competitive selection round due to limited funding and all applications are subject to detailed technical and quality assessments. 

In 2013, the duration of the approved Assistantships will be capped at a maximum of 25 weeks for approved outgoing Assistants.

Additionally, the following National Priorities apply for the 2013 Selection:

1. Priority for outgoing assistants will be awarded to applicants interested in host schools whose language is less widely used and less taught.

2. Priority will be awarded to applicants who have never been awarded an Erasmus ‘Student Mobility for Studies' grant or an Erasmus ‘Student Mobility for Placements' grant.

3. Priority will be awarded to current students/recent graduates from teacher training colleges or applicants who hold/intend to shortly pursue a Higher Diploma in Education but who have not been formally employed as a qualified teacher.

Applications must be submitted online and a signed hard copy must be sent to Léargas by the deadline (applications cannot be accepted via email). Applications which arrive after the deadline will not be accepted. Applicants are advised to retain proof of postage.

The application form, technical and quality criteria are available on the Resources page for Comenius Assistantships. For further information, please visit the Comenius Assistantshipssection of our website

We would be very grateful if you would disseminate this information within your institution, targeting students and other relevant staff members. 

Kind regards,

The Comenius Assistantship Team.

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 11:44

EU-funded Courses for Language Teachers

ITILTEu-funded courses for Language Teachers

The Universities of Antwerp, Coimbra and their partners in the EU projects iTILT and NIFLAR are offering  EU-funded summer courses in 2013 targeted at teachers of modern languages on:

a) effective use of Interactive Whiteboards

b) ICT & WEB 2.0 applications to promote oral competences, respectively.

Find more information on the course descriptions at the EU Comenius/Grundtvig Training database and the course registration from here:

N.B. Those interested in applying for an EU grant are advised to start working on the application as the deadline for submitting completed forms (including a course (pre-)registration testimonial and employer signature) is January 16, 2013.

To download the application form please go to 

Monday, 12 November 2012 13:49

Polish Schools

PolishArticleCensus 2011 confirmed what many people had suspected for quite a while: that the figure returned from Census 2006 for the number of Polish people living in Ireland was a gross underestimation. The Polish community now forms the largest minority group in Ireland, with a population of 122,585. Read more of this interesting article in the current edition of INTO InTouch Magazine here


Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:26

Talk the talk

Talk the Talk

This article by Forfás was in the Irish Independent Business Supplement (Thursday, 13th September).

Monday, 10 September 2012 15:19

Giro d'Italia Online PDF

Student PDF

The Student PDF has links to activities such as true or false, fill in the blanks, matching, etc. as well as links to recording activities and audio links.


Teacher PDF

This PDF inlcudes links to all the activities provided in the Student PDF as well a link to a teacher manual that provides all the answers to the activities.


Student PDF Volume 1
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Student PDF Volume 2
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Teacher PDF - Volume 1 & 2

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Links to online activity e.g. true or false, fill in the blanks, matching etc.

Links to online voice recording activity

Links to online audio clip
Monday, 27 August 2012 12:35

More Languages More Options

portfolio item3New series of seven video clips for post-primary students, their parents, and school managers, on the importance of foreign language skills. Each of the video clips has a sub-title and there are: 'Languages for Jobs', 'Languages for Science', 'Languages for the Workplace', 'Languages for Sport', 'Languages for the Arts', 'Languages for Education and Research', and 'Languages for Google'. The videos do not focus on an language in particular but rather on the general value of learning any foreign language. Serious talking heads, scientists, a concert pianist, Trappatoni's interpreter, and trendy young Irish people in the workplace who not only use foreign languages on a daily basis but have got to where they are because of their foreign language skills, all make a strong case for learning foreign languages. We hope that these videos will inspire and encourage more uptake of foreign languages, without which Ireland cannot compete in the global marketplace.

Click here to view

Monday, 27 August 2012 12:32

Online ICT Course for MFL teachers


This pilot course due to commence in October is a collaboration between the NCTE, the PDST, and the PPLI. It explores how using ICT can enhance teaching and learning in the MFL classroom, and provides tips and suggestions for ways to do this.

This course
• is aimed at all teachers, whether or not they are familiar with using computers in the classroom
• offers a variety of activities for teachers with computers in their classrooms or teachers working in computer rooms.
• provides hands-on, practical ideas for use in the classroom
• gives clear, easy-to-follow examples of tasks for use in the MFL classroom.
• provides tasks which reflect the current assessment tasks in the State Examinations
• uses examples of tasks and activities for a variety of modern foreign languages
• provides suggestions for ways of assessing students using ICT.
• encourages the use of ICT to create new resources
• recommends the use of the Internet to connect with Target Language (TL) users and communities
suggests ways of using ICT to create, share and collaborate on teaching and learning resources.

Technologies covered are:
Wordprocessing; Digital Presentations; Online Resources; Digital Cameras and Audio Recording; Digital Storytelling and Creating Online Resources.

To register your interest please fill out the form at

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