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Thursday, 23 May 2019 13:45

Associates required for PPLI

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PPLI are seeking to recruit a panel of associates from around the country to support PPLI with implementation of a number of key actions in the foreign languages strategy. Associates should be registered second-level teachers and are sought to work in areas including the following but not limited to:

  • Attend MFL communities of practice
  • Train language assistants at a group and individual level, liaise with schools and monitor the implementation of the scheme, including working with cooperating teachers.
  • Deliver training to classroom teachers on Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and support the dissemination of related resources.
  • Act as mentors for teachers of new languages in the regions

All associates will be expected to participate in CPD on the 24th June provided by PPLI relating to the above.

The appointment is for one calendar year and associates will have to re interview after each year.

Range of knowledge, experience and skills required:

The most important area of expertise required is in MFL pedagogy. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate in-depth and up-to-date knowledge and experience in this area. In addition to this the successful candidate will have expertise in the following areas:

  • experience in supporting teachers
  • thorough knowledge of the education system generally and an in-depth knowledge of the curriculum at post primary-level
  • familiarity with Languages Connect Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education
  • capacity to work independently and as part of a team
  • excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation and presentation skills
  • excellent organisational, management and ICT skills
  • flexibility to meet the needs of PPLI, including a willingness to engage in travel and/or week-end and evening work as necessary.
  • own means of transport with full and clean driving licence

Selection procedure

The application form should be completed by 5pm on 7th June at

Shortlisting may apply and interviews will be held in mid-June.

A panel may be formed from which future vacancies as a PPLI Associate may be filled.

Notes for Applicants

  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Receipt of completed application forms will be acknowledged.
  • If you have a disability which requires reasonable adjustments at the selection interview, or which needs to be taken into account when considering your application, please let us know.
  • Post-Primary Languages Initiative is an equal opportunities employer.
  • Public service payment, travel and subsistence rates will apply and will be calculated from your home.

additional allocation


Have you seen this exciting new circular? It makes provision for additional allocation for schools that would like to introduce Italian, Japanese, or Russian (additional languages likely to follow when teacher registration becomes available e.g. Chinese). Gradual increase in hours for three years to incentivise the introduction of the new language, gradual decrease thereafter to build in sustainability.

Under  'Languages Connect:  IRELAND’S STRATEGY FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN EDUCATION 2017-2026' we have been tasked with supporting schools to cultivate the languages of the new Irish.

To achieve this we are able to fund the teaching and learning of Polish as a Heritage Language in the Galway city area. This support can be directed to both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle students.  For Junior Cycle students we have developed a short course for Polish as a heritage a language (available here). We are also in a position to fund language support classes for students preparing to sit the Leaving Certificate exam in Polish. While we encourage schools to introduce these courses during school hours, we are also able to fund them after school.

(Please bear in mind that a minimum of 8 students are required to run the course. Schools are welcome to liaise with nearby schools to achieve the required number of students.)

At the same time, the strategy aims to diversify and increase the uptake of languages learned. With this in mind, we have developed Transition Year modules in Polish & Lithuanian as a foreign language.  We are also able to fund this module should you be interested in offering it in your school. 

If you would like more information in relation to any of these courses, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Alternatively, you can complete the application forms below.


Polish JC Short Course:

TY module:

Polish LC:


Lithuanian JC Short course: 

Lithuanian language TY module: 

Lithuanian LC:

 Heritage Language Summer Camps Funding Large


Attention Heritage Language Teachers!


There is a new pilot scheme for heritage language summer camps. If you already run, or if you would like to run a heritage language summer camp in Ireland (Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian or Romanian), and you would like to apply for funding, please use the following link to submit an application: Funding is provided from the Department of Education and Skills under the 10 year Languages Connect Strategy which was launched in December 2017 and the pilot scheme for summer camps will be managed by Post-Primary Languages Initiative.

Funding is available for two week activity based language learning summer camps for post-primary level students. The camps should run from Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm. The deadline for applications is Friday 10th May 2019. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been awarded funding by Friday 24th May. As this is a pilot scheme, only a limited number of camps will receive funding. If you are awarded funding, you must submit the number of students who will be doing the camp one week before the start of the camp. Please note that we will need photos from the camp organizer, taken during the camp, and permission to film for a short video clip.

The budget template is available to download at the bottom of this article. If you have any queries please contact Nellie Tattersall at 

We look forward to receiving your applications!

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.



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

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 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


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


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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: 


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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