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Tech Week - 'Game On' with Language Skills and Gaming

Posted at: 18 April, 2019

Remember Super Mario? Don’t worry if you don’t, the world has moved onto Fortnite and saving the virtual world.  Video games have become massive, as Netflix has discovered when it noted that gaming industry products are more of a competitor than TV or TV streaming are.


5th Year Spanish Competition

Posted at: 9 April, 2019

The Post-Primary Languages Initiative (delivering Languages Connect) in collaboration with the Consejería de Educación de la Embajada de España en Dublin is delighted to announce its annual competition for 5th year students of Spanish. La Junta de Castilla y León and the Spanish Tourist Office in Dublin are sponsoring the competition. First prize is 3 scholarships to cover the cost of flights, accommodation and language school for one week in Castilla y León.

Additional Funding for Language Upskilling for MFL Teachers

Posted at: 1 April, 2019

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.

If you would like more information then please download the guide. 

Career Skills: National Competition 2019 (Careers Portal)

Event date: 12 April, 2019

Why not tell how you have used languages in your Work Experience module and win a GoPro and €1,000 for your school as well as other prizes.

7,111 Languages are spoken today (Ethnologue: Languages of the World)

Posted at: 25 March, 2019

Ethnologue, an online journal dedicated to data surrounding language use, has recently published new data on the number of languages spoken in the world.

In total, there are 7,111 different languages spoken in the world. These are mapped onto this interactive map allowing the user to see where these languages are spoken. However, it is probably worth noting also that


Oral Communication in a Foreign Language

Posted at: 21 March, 2019

When you learn and speak a foreign language you also develop listening skills, critical thinking skills, interpersonal skills, and cultural awareness skills.

School Exchanges: News from St. Colman's, Co. Cork

Posted at: 7 March, 2019

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 Scheme. Read the stories of students from St. Coleman’s Community College, Co. Cork here.

We will be giving funding of €15,000 per school to a further 10 schools. Get your applications in asap, as the deadline for applications is Friday 12th April 2019.

Languages Connect @ the Transition Year Teacher Professional Network Conference

Posted at: 4 March, 2019

Transition Year Teacher Professional Network Annual Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. Saturday 2nd March 2019

Article: 'Speaking the language of success in the Eurozone' from

Posted at: 19 February, 2019

Reporter Helen McMahon (Senior Executive Client Skills, Enterprise Ireland) says that whilst Irish companies enjoy free and unfettered access to markets across Europe, challenges still remain. One of these is language. Find out how using a foreign language can give you the edge in the Eurozone.

Video: Ian McKinley reflect on how languages have helped his rugby career

Posted at: 13 February, 2019

Former Leinster player, Ian McKinley talks about how a life changing injury to his eye meant that he could no longer play rugby professionally. However, a coaching opportunity in Italy presented him with a new challenge.