Annual Conference & AGM (online) 2020

We were delighted with the turn-out for our Annual Conference and AGM 2020 which took place virtually via Zoom on Saturday, 17th October.

It was a great success with a presentation on “Teaching Lexico Grammar” by Gianfranco Conti as well as Bridie Higgins’ first address to the ATS in her new role as Chief Examiner.  

We are currently preparing for an online workshop for Spring 2021 – dates to be confirmed.

Quiz 2019

A massive thanks to all our students and teachers for coming together on the evening of May 8th for the annual Spanish Quiz in Rathdown School. The night is only possible with the help and support of our wonderful teachers. A great night was had by all!

A big congratulations to our winners :
1. The King’s Hospital
2. Ashbourne Community School
3. Loreto Abbey Dalkey

Finally a special thanks to our generous sponsors USIT School Tours formerly COGO Travel Ireland & Northern Ireland ID Languages Revision Courses for the wonderful prizes they provided for our teachers!

Gracias a todos!

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A celebratory evening at the Spanish Embassy

A celebratory evening at the Spanish Embassy today. Congratulations to all who received awards and were recognised for their achievements in Spanish. Enhorabuena!

Prizes went to the top two Spanish students in the Junior and Leaving Certificate 2018; the best collaboration with a Spanish language assistant and Irish school; 
the best student in the Spanish programme for native children; plus the winners of the PPLI video competition.

It was also an opportunity for us to meet the new Spanish Ambasador, Ildefonso Castro, and to wish the chief Spanish Examiner of the State Examinations Commission, Paul Collins, all the best in his upcoming retirement.

Debating Final – January 16th 2019

The finals of the ATS debating league took place in the Instituto
on Wednesday 16th January. The Plate started at 6pm followed by
the Cup at 7.15pm.

The motion for the Plate final was: “La vida es ahora más fácil que nunca.”

St. Columba’s College Vs. Loreto Foxrock

Congratulations to Loreto Foxrock, who won the Plate.

The motion for the Cup final was : “El mundo es más seguro actualmente.”

Templeogue College Vs. Loreto on the Green

Congratulations to Templeogue College who won the Cup.

Follow up from ATS Conference 2018

We had a fantastic event last Saturday in the Green Isle Hotel.


We would like to thank our attendees for coming.  We were delighted to have so many people there and we hope that you enjoyed the presentations and networking opportunities. Congratulations to all our raffle prize winners too!


We had some fantastic ideas about teaching listening and oral production from Gianfranco Conti and Ana Sánchez Pérez from Colegio Delibes spoke to us on how to use literature in the classroom.  There was a wealth of ideas and resources shared for us to adapt and use in the classroom.  Thank you to both our speakers for their contributions.


Check out all our tweets and photos from the day on  Twitter  #atsconference18, on our Facebook or if you are a member why not join our private Facebook Group (ats members only group)!


A reminder that Colegio Delibes are offering all ATS members, who haven’t already done so over the last 2 years, the opportunity to do a one week course for Spanish teachers next summer. The course, activities, accommodation and food are covered and all you have to pay for is your flights! Contact Alfredo Pérez if you are interested


We are looking to reschedule the North-West workshop, from earlier on in the year, to Saturday 24th November. The first part of the workshop will be looking at teaching drama and dance using the CLIL method (Content and Language Integrated Learning), which is something that the new Language Strategy is looking to promote in the future. There will also be the opportunity to discuss, plan and collaborate on the new Junior Cycle curriculum as well as share ideas and activities from the conference. You can sign up for the event via the ‘Upcoming Events’ section on our website Register for the workshop


Finally we would like to say a big Thank You to our outgoing president Wilma Selvin for all of her dedication and hard work over the last few years. We are very grateful for all the work that you have done.


On that note we would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new President Kay Macken! As we move forward Wilma will be stepping into the role of vice-president for a year and Kay will lead us into our next adventure.


None of these events happen in isolation and it is largely thanks to fact that many hands make light work. Well done committee members for co-creating a great event. Martha Brazil, Ide Colbert, Isolde Coveney, Rodica Darii, Lucia Ferreiro, Jenny Gordon and Karla MacNamara are continuing on the committee and we are pleased to welcome Gemma Duffy and Meritxell Garcia Ramos to the group. Nicola Cronin continues as our debating advisor and our regional reps are Angela Healey in Kerry and Dearbhla Lynch and Arantxa Lopez in Donegal.


We look forward to seeing you at our next event!


We are now affiliated with SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española)

We are proud to announce that we are now affiliated with SIELE courtesy of our affilation with FIAPE – for more information about FIAPE scroll down to the bottom of our About page.

SIELE is the Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española (International Assessment Service for the Spanish Language), a service that assesses and certifies Spanish proficiency through technological means and is directed towards students and professionals around the world.

Promoted by the Instituto Cervantes, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad de Salamanca and Universidad de Buenos Aires, these institutions guarantee the standards for quality and good practices in the creation of the tests and the use of diverse linguistic varieties in the Hispanic world.

SIELE certifies degree of proficiency for the Spanish language with four tests: Reading comprehension, Listening comprehension, Written expression and interaction and Oral expression and interaction; and takes as reference the levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) from the European Council.


Paperwork is performed electronically (registration, reservation, communication) with a SIELE examination center and through a booking system.

Quick and fast: Results are received within a maximum period of three weeks and the candidate may print their certificate or report from the computer application.

Adaptable: Different exam modalities are available to attend to the different needs of users, institutions, or companies.

Flexible: The exam takes place in a SIELE examination center and on the day of your choice. Educational institutions can create systems unified to the training actions independent of the students/professors’ country of residence.

Uniform: It is panhispanic and includes different linguistic variations of Spanish.


The SIELE Global exam comprises 4 tests that correspond to the four language communication activities.

Upon completing the SIELE Global exam, you shall receive a certificate, globally recognized, with a validity period of two years, which includes a per-test score and a CEFR level equivalence and a numerical score of 0 to 1000 representing the sum of each test.

For more information check out the exam guide here and/or visit their website too!


2016 Registration for Membership, the AGM and Conference


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.