19 March, 2020 – Minister McHugh Announces Cancellation of Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Oral and Practical Performance Tests

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020.

 For more information please click here to read the press release in full.

FIAPE Bi-Annual Conference – Español para Todos

The Español para Todos event is taking place at the end of June. For more information please click here. 

NCCA Draft Specifications for Leaving Certificate Languages

The NCCA is currently holding a public consultation about the four new draft specifications for Leaving Certificate languages (Polish, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese). The first three languages listed are pitched at A2/ B1 level of the CEFR, which is the same level as LC French, German, Spanish and Italian.

In addition, those three specifications are written using a framework approach and learning outcomes that are broad in nature. The framework could be applied to many languages and for that reason the NCCA think that the draft specifications will be of interest to all language teachers in Ireland and hope to get their feedback during the consultation process. Anybody who wishes to contribute to the consultation process can look at the specification documents and find a link to our online survey by going to:


¡Bienvenidos a la Asociación de Profesores de Español en Irlanda!

We are a voluntary organisation run by Secondary School Spanish teachers whose purpose is to support our members in both networking and CPD opportunities. As well as the events for teachers, we also run some student-focused events.

Our events are open to everyone but you can avail of discounted rates if you are a member – click here to become a member.


September – January: Senior Schools Spanish Debate

Early October: AGM, Conference (and Teachmeet)

February-April: Spring Workshops

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


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ATS on Twitter: @atsirlanda


You can message us through our contact form or use the email us: atsirlanda@gmail.com


The 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.

The ATS is affiliated with SIELE, the Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española. Like them on facebook and check out their website. For more information check out our blog post.

TECLA article by ATS President