¡Bienvenidos!

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¡Bienvenidos a la Asociacón de Profesores de Español en Irlanda! We are currently updating our website to make it easier to navigate so please bear with us.

The Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland exists to support and promote the teaching of Spanish in Ireland. The Committee of the Association meets at least five times a year. Committee work is done on a voluntary basis. The Association organises events throughout the year for teachers and students of Spanish in Ireland. Please scroll down to read our most recent posts.

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Registration for our upcoming Workshops in Donegal and Dublin on the 4th and 25th of March respectively are now open. These are open to members and non-members. Please click on the Events  tab in the above menu for more details.

If you would like to become a member of ATS, you can do so via the Membership tab in the above menu.

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Read our Constitution and about our Committee at our About page.

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Churros con chocolate en Madrid.
Churros con chocolate en Madrid.

The calendar of the events is set each year in November, and is usually as follows:

September – January: Senior Schools Spanish Debate

February-April: Spring Workshops

Early October: AGM, Conference and Teachmeet

late April:Senior Student Table Quiz (for Transition Year upwards)

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Follow the ATS on Twitter, or like us on Facebook Current ATS members can also join our ATS Members Only Group

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fiape-logoThe Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland is a member of FIAPE, la Federación Internacional de Profesores de Español. Visit their site to learn more about them and like them on Facebook here to find out about courses and conferences,  read articles of interest and connect with Spanish teachers around the world. On June 25, 26, 27 and 28 2014, FIAPE’s V International Conference took place in Cuenca, with the theme ¿Qué español enseñar y cómo? Variedades del español y su enseñanza.

 

2016 Registration for Membership, the AGM and Conference

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Membership and registration for our 2016 AGM, Conference and Teachmeet have now closed.

The AGM & Conference once again took place in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin on Saturday 15th of October 2016.

To accommodate a larger number of attendees,  Teachmeet was held AFTER the Conference, rather then the night before. This was something that many of you suggested during the survey held on the day and we are happy to be able to make that happen this year.

As it was a longer day, we also took on board another suggestion made by many of you, which is to offer a hot lunch on the day.

We had a great line up for the day from Tía Tula Language School in Salamanca who focuesed on teaching to the A1/A2 language level,  Joan Sutton, former Inspector of Spanish, spoke about differentiation in the classroom. There was also be a brief discussion of the Leaving Certificate link question. Ailbhíne Ní Bhroin, current Inspector of Spanish, also addressed the Association on the day as well. Finally we had a number of teachers presenting at our Teachmeet who provided practical ideas for you all that work in the classroom.

 

 

SEC call for examiners

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A reminder that the SEC is still seeking Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examination correctors for summer 2016. Please contact the SEC directly to enquire.

FIAPE – explained!

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 Super little animation explaining exactly what FIAPE is. The ATS is proud to be a member of FIAPE…

Booking for Conference & TeachMeet 2015

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First of all, many thanks for your patience regarding the sign-up and information about this year’s events. You (and we) will probably need lots more of it to get through, but here’s hoping the system works smoothly this year!
Please read the entire post carefully before booking, and keep it to hand when booking.
What to do:
Follow the links at the bottom of the post to Eventbrite. You’ll need your credit card handy.
Do this on a computer, using Chrome or Safari. Lots of people had trouble last year on devices, and using Internet Explorer.
You have to book each event (TeachMeet, Conference) separately. Apologies for the time this will take.
We are processing Membership packages eg TeachMeet + membership or Conference + Membership. We couldn’t arrange it to have all three on one ticket. You only need to buy membership once, of course. After that, choose just the event.
eg First I buy TeachMeet + Membership package. Then I go to the Conference page and I pick Conference (member ticket). Or vice versa.
If you have already paid membership via the Debating Package, just choose the event in each case.
If you don’t want to attend any events in October, and just want to become a member or renew your membership,please email us with this subject title: your name & membership eg Jose Bloggs – Membership. 
 
The email list to which we send details of jobs, share requests for cover for orals, advertise vacancies, grants, details of exchanges, priority booking for members (new from next year) etc will be updated to include only current members for the year 2015-16. 
Once you have purchased any package including membership, there will be a link that takes you to a Membership Form. It’s essential that you fill this out for your membership to be finalised. We’ll be trying to administer this very carefully and keeping an eye out for people who haven’t done this yet.
If you have issues, please write explaining them clearly, in a new email, with a clear subject line with your name and your query. Without a clear subject title, it just mightn’t get picked up as quickly. Our email is atsirlanda[at]gmail[dot]com.
We really appreciate your patience with this system. We’ll try to be just as patient with all your queries! As we’ve said before, it’s a work in progress and we’ll be happy to hear your thoughts on it.  Remember, we’re all full-time teachers so we mightn’t be able to process all replies as quickly as you (or we) might like, but we’ll be doing our best!
Looking forward to another great year with you as members!
 

Conference & TeachMeet 2015

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This year’s AGM & Conference take place on Saturday, October 10th in the Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley. The Clarion is just off the M50 and the N4, and is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Liffey Valley bus-stop. Where possible, we encourage you to car-share and to investigate the route before the day of the event.

The night before – Friday 9th October – we are delighted to announce we will run our second TeachMeet after the huge success of last year’s oversubscribed inaugural event. Read one committee member’s thoughts on last year’s event here. If you are not sure what  a TeachMeet is, click on the link to read a helpful Prezi by Paul Barrett on what they are and how they work.

We are delighted to welcome Ana Sánchez Pérez of Colegio Delibes back for another year of collaboration. During the last few years, our collaboration with Delibes has been of great benefit and we are greatly looking forward to this year’s presentations. We requested suggestions from members via social media and the result is that this year’s grammar focus is on the past tenses and Ana will also give a special second presentation on the extra-linguistic…gestures, body language and more!

We’re continuing our policy to ask sponsors to provide a prize for the raffle which can go straight to our members rather than charging them a fee, so the sponsors are currently thinking what prizes they can provide to top last year’s! Click here to see our agenda and sponsors for the 2014 AGM and Conference.

Last year we had 130 attendees – we’re getting bigger! So we really appreciate your patience as we move towards a system that can cope with this kind of numbers. We in turn will do our best to respond to queries about the new system when it kicks in.

A reminder that we are bringing the cost of membership down and transferring that cost across the board to events attended, so that you only pay for what you attend. We no longer process group membership, only individual membership. We asked for and received your support on this in May and would just like to underline that this change is a work-in-progress, so bear with us please!

Costs:

Membership: 10euro

Cost for ATS members of events:

Conference & AGM: 20euro

TeachMeet: 10euro

Previous cost of membership: 30euro, cost of TeachMeet 10euro.

There is no longer any group membership. 

There will be finger food at the TeachMeet and a light lunch will be served at the Conference.

Tickets for both will be available shortly. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Spring Workshop 2015

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The 2015 Workshop took place on March 7th in Dublin West Education Centre. Huge thanks to all who worked on the organisation of this day.

We were delighted to welcome Claire Matthews of the PDST to our Spring 2015 Workshop in early March. Claire treated us to a thought-provoking session on writing in the MFL classroom. Claire’s Prezi can be found below. This was followed by the Methodology Carousel. The results of our discussion at the Methodology Carousel were compiled by members of the committee and can be found below as well.  If you want to read tweets about the day with photos, links and ideas, click here.

Claire Matthew’s Prezi on Writing in the MFL Classroom and the link to the PDST MFL site where many of the resources that Claire mentioned are available.

Transition Year: MC TY

Trips: Home & Abroad: MC Trips

Drama techniques in the Classroom: MC Drama

Differentiation tips: MC Differentiation

As always, we wanted to reward our attendees for coming to CPD on such a glorious spring morning!

Deirdre McDonnell won the €50 all for one voucher from Euro Languages College.
Marie Therese Rasmussen won mini-boards for use in the classroom.
Jenna Dancey and Karla Medina MacNamara won a box of chocolates which they generously shared with other attendees!
Below are some photos taken on the idea of ideas, resources and participants!
A big thank you to all who attended and made it such an interesting day!

Debating Results

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¡Enhorabuena! to the finalists in both the Plate and Cup competitions of the Debating.

Congratulations to Rathdown School who beat King’s Hospital School to win the Plate.

The winning team in the cup, Mt Anville School, and their teacher.
The winning team in the cup, Mt Anville School, and their teacher.

Congratulations to Mount Anville School who beat MacDara’s Community College to win the Cup.

The ATS is extremely grateful to Euro Languages College for funding best speaker prizes for both competitions. These were won by Nadia Hourihan of the King’s Hospital School and Ella Fennelly of Mt Anville School.

Well done to not only the teachers of the teams who got to the finals, but to all of you who encouraged your team to participate and gave of your time all those wintry Wednesday evenings!

Thank you also to Nicola Cronin for coordinating the entire competition and to Frieda Burke for helping her. We were delighted to continue our collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, where the finals were held.

Thank you to their Academic Director, Carlos García de la Santa Delgado, to Kenia Puig of the PPLI, to Adolfo Carbón of the Consejería, and to Isolde Coveney, Alvina Byrne Mulloy and Leticia Merín who all participated as judges.

We look forward to next year’s competition!

Translation Competition, run by NUI Galway

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La Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca
La Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca

We just received notification of a translation competition organised by NUI Galway! We are delighted to promote it!

The competition is for Senior Cycle students of Spanish (also other languages). The competition involves the translation by students of a poem from Spanish into English and the prize for the best translation is €200. The poem to translate and the application form are available at the following link:

The deadline for entries is Friday 16th January. Additional information can be found on the website.

Debating Quarter Finals 2014-15

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Hola everybody,

Loreto Beaufort - winners of the Plate Competition in 2014.
Loreto Beaufort – winners of the Plate Competition in 2014.

First of all thank ye all so very much for your help over the first three nights of debating and well done to all. It is hard work, first getting a team together and secondly trying to get them to do something!!!! On top of a day’s work, it’s not easy.

As I explained last night and in my first email, this is the end of the road for some schools, as we are now at the quarter finals stage. However, having said that, I would encourage your students to come along to the debates, especially if they are 4/5th yrs. and will be participating next year. It’s a good aural comprehension exercise. Likewise, they can do the topics as an opinion piece for homework!! Thank you to all of you for participating and helping out. Hopefully, we’ll see you in the competition again next year.

To all of the schools this year, I would be very grateful if you could send me on your school’s address as – in a new step and further development of the Competition this year – I have certificates for your team that I would like to send out.

Regarding the quarter finals, the following teams have gotten through. Congratulations and well done!!!! As I mentioned in my original email, it is a free draw for the next round, so the quarters are as follows:

Loreto Green v Mt Anville
Rathdown v Belvedere
Tralee v The King’s Hospital
Mac Dara’s v St. Andrew’s

Proposition are: Loreto, Rathdown, Tralee, Mac Dara’s
Opposition are: Mt. Anville, Belvedere, The King’s Hospital, St. Andrew’s.

The motion is: ‘el agua es una comodidad, no un derecho humano’.

The next round is Wed. Nov 19th at 6pm in Castleknock college.

if you no longer have a team in the competition but would be available to judge on that night, please let me know. As we all know, it is hard to get ‘neutral’ judges so it would be greatly appreciated if some of you would come to judge.

Thank you all again and hopefully see ye back next year. it doesn’t be long coming round, that’s for sure!!!!

Hasta luego,
Nicola