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We had our first debating evening kindly hosted by Rosemont Secondary School with 14 teams participating in debate 1 of Round 1.

Well done to everyone who took part!

Our next debate is on the 9th of October and the motion is: El uniforme escolar debe ser abolido.

We look forward to seeing you then!

2018 Annual ATS Irlanda Conference & AGM

Our 2018 Conference will take place in the Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin on Saturday 6th October. Tickets for the event will be available soon via the Member’s Log In on our website. Keep an eye out on social media for updates. There will be a special early bird ticket of €20 for the first 100 members (2018-2019) who register. Thereafter tickets will cost €30 for members and €40 for non-members. This includes a hot lunch, tea/coffee, free parking or a free shuttle bus from the Red Cow Roundabout for those who wish to avail of public transport.


We have a super line up this year having secured the internationally renown Gianfranco Conti, PhD. Co-author of ‘The Language Teacher toolkit’, winner of the 2015 TES best resource contributor award and founder of Gianfranco will give us two presentations on the day.


Once again we warmly welcome Ana Sánchez Pérez of Colegio Delibes for a guaranteed interesting and entertaining presentation on ‘Using Literature in the Classroom’. 


Registration on the day will be at 9am with the conference beginning at 9.30am. We aim to be finished by 4pm and as usual there will be some fantastic raffle prizes given out courtesy of our sponsors on the day.


At this stage all current members will have received an email reminding you to update your membership for the 2018-2019 year.  You can do so by logging into your account via our website or here at ATS membership Log In <>. Remember that your account is linked to the email address that you registered with so if you used your school email and no longer have access to it you will just have to register in the new again. Please also update your school details and status e.g. PME, Part-Time etc. if they are different for the coming year. New members can join here.


For those who wish to stay over on the Friday and/or Saturday night, the Green Isle Hotel are offering us a special price of €79 B&B for both single and double rooms. Don’t forget to mention the ATS when you book!

Info for our Members Only Table Quiz Friday 5th October

We are also offering members who have registered for the Conference the opportunity to participate in a *Table-Quiz* the night before the Conference, Friday 5th of October, which will also take place in the Green Isle Hotel.

This will be a great chance to meet and mingle with other members in an informal social setting whilst also having a bit of fun. Doors open at 7.15pm and the quiz will start at 8pm. Food will be provided before the quiz starts along with a complimentary drink for everyone. CSS Valencia will be our quiz hosts for the night.

Numbers are limited so if you are interested please sigh up asap via ‘Upcoming Events’ in the members area. You do not need to have a team in mind to attend as we can mix and match people.




Dublin Workshop 2018

We had a very successful workshop today.  María Fenton (author of  ¿Qué Pasa?) gave us a very practical and insightful presentation on the ins and outs of planning the new Junior Cycle Learning Units.  The workshop was a great opportunity for teacher’s to connect and collaborate.

Big thanks to all the committee for all of the hard work in pulling the event together and thanks again to María Fenton for her presentation.

No doubt there will be more events like this to come in the future. If you missed out this time make sure to like us on facebook or become a member so you will receive updates on when to join.  Our next big event will be our annual Quiz for students. More information coming soon.

¡Hasta pronto!

2018 Workshops, February 24th/March 3rd

The ATS is delighted to announce that we have three exciting workshops lined up for you and they are now open to book via your ATS account, click here to log in.

The Dublin workshop takes place in the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley (formerly the Clarion) on the 24th of February. Maria Fenton, author of the new Junior Cycle book with EDCO will be presenting on the day.

The South-West workshop will take place in the Dromhall Hotel in Killarney, Kerry also on the 24th of February and will be led by Kenia Puig (PPLI) who will bring her presentation on using and exploiting culture in the classroom.

The North-West workshop will take place on the 3rd of March in ID Languages, Bundoran, Donegal. Arantxa López will lead a session on integrating dance and drama into the Spanish language classroom within the curriculum.

FINAL & RESULTS: Spanish Debating Cup and Plate League 2017-2018

Last night brought to a close the annual Spanish debating competition. The finals of the Plate and the Cup were held at the Instituto Cervantes and both debates were absolutely brilliant.

Congratulations to the four teams on reaching the finals. The motion was ‘ La tecnololgía nos aisla’.

First up was the Plate competition. St.Oliver’s Drogheda brought home the Plate and Loreto Beaufort were the runners-up.

St. Olivers won the Plate for 2018


Beaufort runners-up for the Plate 2018
Next up was the Cup Final between Templeogue and The King’s Hospital. The King’s Hospital brought home the Cup. Runners-up were Templeogue College.
The King’s Hospital won the Cup for 2018


Templeogue runners up for the Cup 2018
Huge congratulations to all four teams and their teachers, ¡enhorabuena a todos!
A special thank you must go to the Instituto Cervantes for hosting the final, Castleknock College for hosting all other rounds; Nicola Cronin (ATS Committee) for running the event for us and everyone else who helped, encouraged and got involved throughout the competition: students, teachers, parents and committee members.
Committee Member Martha serving finger food and drinks.


Delicious finger food for those in attendance.

La nueva tecnología te aisla.

Spanish Debating Cup and Plate League 2017-2018

The final of the Cup and Plate will take place tomorrow on the 17 January in the Cervantes Institute. The winners from the last round have gone forward to compete for our two sought-after prizes, the Cup and the Plate.

The teams participating are:

Playing for the Cup we have Templeogue College vs The King’s Hospital.

Playing for the Plate we have Beaufort vs St. Oliver’s.

The Plate Final kicks off at 6pm. and the Cup Final at 7:15 pm. The motion for debate is: La nueva tecnología te aisla.

 ¡Buena suerte a todos!

Comer carne es ético

Spanish Debating Cup and Plate League 2017-2018

The semi-final of the Cup and Plate took place on 6 December in Castleknock College. The teams which debated the controversial motion, Comer carne es ético in the Cup semi-final were Eureka vs Templeogue College and Loreto on the Green vs The King’s Hospital. In the Plate semi-final the teams were Hartstown vs St. Oliver’s and Beaufort vs Setanta.

The winners were Templeogue, The King’s Hospital, Beaufort and St. Oliver’s.

Both finals will be held in the Instituto Cervantes on 18 January, 2018, the Plate Final at 6pm. and the Cup Final at 7:15 pm. The motion for debate is: La nueva tecnología te aisla.

¡Buena suerte a todos!

Los estudiantes deberían pagar para ir a la universidad

The debating quarter final took place on the 22 November 2017 in Castleknock College. The motion for debate was: Los estudiantes deberían pagar para ir a la universidad.

The teams who took part were Templeogue vs Beaufort, Loreto on the Green vs Hartstown, Eureka vs Setanta and The Kings Hospital vs St. Olivers.

The winners were Templeogue, Loreto on the Green, Eureka and The King’s Hospital.

The semi-final will take place on 6 December in Castleknock.

The motion for debate is: Comer carne es ético.

¡Buena suerte a todos!

ATS Irlanda 2017 Conference and Teachmeet a success!

It’s over! If you missed it be sure to look out for our upcoming CPD workshops.

Thank you to the Clayton Hotel (formerly the Clarion Hotel) for hosting us.

We would like to thank all of the presenters, just to mention a few:

Paul Collins from the SEC who gave a very interesting talk about Assessment for Leaving Cert and for the new Junior Cycle. Lots of useful information for our participants.

Mary-Elaine Tynan and Sinéad Tuohy from JCT for their very informative presentations on 2 aspects of the new Junior Cycle course.

Ana Sánchez Pérez from Colegio Delibes for her very entertaining and engaging talk on extracting the Socio Linguistic element in our classroom.

The presentations will be sent on to all attendees soon.

We would like to thank our exhibitors, CSS Valencia, Colegio Delibes, ID Languages, Instituto Cervantes, International Books, Learn foreign Language Skills, COGO travel, Yuris Study Cards, Euro Languages College and the Folens education team for their stands and the prizes they donated on the day. This event would not be the same without you all.

We would like to thank our committee members for the time and effort they volunteered to make the day what it was, especially our president Wilma Selvin and our vice-president Kay Macken.

Thank you to our teachmeet presenters for a fantastic group of presentations with lots of new ideas for our attendees to bring back into their classrooms. A great opportunity to see what others are getting up to in their classroom. Presentations and/or resources from the teachmeet will be shared with attendees shortly.

Finally a big thank you to all the teachers who bought a ticket to attend. The association is going from strength to strength and it is all because of you! Keep coming, giving us your feedback and ideas!

Lastly a big welcome to our newest committee members! Great to have you on board! We look forward to having you on the team!

Check out our facebook page and twitter for updates and pictures of the day.


Esta casa apoya la independencia para Cataluña

Yet another debate has taken place with great success. Teams arrived from all over the country to once again battle it out for a place in Round 2 of our debating competition.

Ophelia made it difficult for some to get the practice in but overall our teams showed up and did the job they came to do. Congratulations to our winners on the night and the best speakers.

We would again like to encourage our participants to leave plenty of time to arrive to Castleknock College and to be mindful of the time penalty.

If you didn’t get a team in this year please apply for next year. This is a very popular event and it does a great job of improving student’s confidence in their spoken Spanish.

We look forward to seeing our debaters again in the finale of Round 1 with the motion “Creemos que los deberes deben estar prohibidos.” (We believe that homework should be banned.)

¡Hasta pronto!