Translation Competition, run by NUI Galway

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.

¡Castilla y León es vida!

After the TeachMeet in October, we received many requests for the video made by the winning students and teacher of last year’s Post-Primary Languages Initiative Competition, and so we are delighted to share it here. Congratulations again to Isolde Coveney of Templeogue College and her students Chris Lee and Kevin McMahon on their wonderful video and well-deserved win!

Post-Primary Inspector: Spanish

IMG_0585The Spanish teachers of Ireland are lucky to have had Joan Sutton as Chief Inspector over the last number of years. Those of you present at the workshop in May were present when she announced her retirement to the Association and shared some words of advice with us. We took the opportunity then and we do so again to thank her for her work in supporting and promoting the teaching and learning of Spanish in this country.

The next step, of course, is for a new Inspector to be appointed. Interested? Follow this link to read the job description and advertisement. You could be the new Inspector!


Debating Finals 2014

This post about the Debating Finals is long overdue but with the busy lead-up to Easter, it just wasn’t possible to get everything done.

A huge congratulations to the teams which reached the finals of both the Plate and the Cup Competition! The motion debated was the same for both competitions and the schools were as below:

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The team from Templeogue College
The team from Templeogue College

Plate Competition 

Templeogue College v Loreto Beaufort

Cup Competition 

Castleknock College v The King’s Hospital School.

Both finals were incredibly closely debated and the students impressed all present with their speeches and their rebuttals. In the end, though, only one team could win each final. Well done to Loreto Beaufort and Castleknock College who were, in the end, the victorious teams!

The best speakers on the night were Seán O’Keeffe of Templeogue College and Liam Forbes of the King’s Hospital School. Both young men received vouchers from Euro Languages College, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Eurolanguages for their generosity.

Thanks also to the Instituto Cervantes Dublin, who once again kindly hosted the evening, and to our judges for both debates.

Finally, a word of thanks to Nicola Cronin, who organises the entire Debating Competition for her hard work and dedication throughout the year, and to all of the teachers and ATS committee members who gave of their time to make this competition possible.

I can’t emphasise enough how beneficial this competition is for the students who take part. Keep an eye on the website and on your inbox as soon as the 2014-15 school year starts to see how to get involved next year, and – in preparation – read all about how the competition works here.

The Quiz: March 11, 2014

Visit our Quiz page to read about this year’s quiz and to sign-up your teams. This year’s Quiz takes place on Tuesday, March 11th in Rathdown School in Glenageary.

There’s lots of prizes for students (and a few for teachers) and it promises to be the usual evening of fun and frustration as the students vie for both first prize and the coveted spot prizes!Queso

As you will see from the quiz page above, we are using Eventbrite to carry out our registration. It is free for you to use Eventbrite, though you will need to set up an account with it (it requires your email address for this). As we are planning to use Eventbrite for future events, this is a good opportunity to get familiar with it.

Many thanks to Wilma Slevin, who is organising – among other things –  the registration for the evening, and to Frieda Burke, whose school is hosting the event, and who is therefore handling the on-site organisation.

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

Quarter-Finals of the debates

A big congratulations to all the teams who participated in the first rounds of the debates. These events are nerve-wracking for the students and it is amazing to see how well they do when dealing with controversial topics in a foreign language under pressure.

A huge thank you also to all of the teachers supporting their own teams and doing the judging, and particularly the people who came to judge without having a team debating – it is hugely appreciated!

One of the topics in the group rounds had to do with emigration.
One of the topics in the group rounds had to do with emigration.

So, without any further ado, here are the teams who have made it through to the quarter-finals. The date and motion are yet to be decided.

Mt. Anville v Templeogue
Dominicans v Castleknock College
Mac Dara’s v St. Wolstan’s
King’s Hospital v Loreto Beaufort

Best of luck to all!

AGM Prizewinners

As you will be aware, if you follow our Facebook page, there is a little delay with the follow-up by Colegio Delibes with their presentations due to the fact that (oops) not everyone wrote their names legibly on the email sign-in sheet! We’re working with Alfredo to try and figure out who’s who, but in the meantime we just wanted to let you know who the winners of all the prizes were at the AGM.

Once again we were delighted to have so many exhibitors at our AGM and Conference this year and we were delighted with all the prizes put forward by them. I know I’m not alone when I say how nice it is to win something!

I hope spellings of names are correct – these were passed to us by the exhibitors who got them from you so…

Jean Costello : Stein Study 2 Theatre tickets
Kim Clarke- ‘Language & Adventure’  voucher for a teacher pre-view weekend.
Karen Whooley- International Books large wall map.
Faustina Moran -Edco Nikon camera
Prize from Learn Foreign Language Skills
Prize from Learn Foreign Language Skills

Cathy Mulligan-  ALL IN 8 class license (30 students & Teacher, worth €300)

Geraldine Parsons: Euro Languages College €100 One-For-All Gift Card
Irene Navarro- School tour company- €100 travel voucher
Anna Burmeister- ISLA language camp (Rathdown School)- free 2 week course for a student (worth €400)
Cliona Hallissey – class set of Practicamos from Folens.
I was one of five lucky winners to receive a lovely Spanish poster from Learn Foreign Language Skills – the poster which is circled in the photo here.
We hope that the prizes you received are helping out somehow in your teaching! Do drop us a line or send us a photo we can include on the website to show how you are using your prize!
Best wishes for the rest of the term if we don’t see you at the debates!

Great giveaways at the ATS AGM

Our vice-president and coordinator of the AGM, Alvina Byrne Mulloy has done a great job organising prizes from our various stall-holders at the AGM, including the following items:

  • ·         2 Theatre tickets from “Stein Study Abroad”.
  • ·   A teacher preview weekend for two people, including two nights’ hostel accommodation and two adventure activities from “Language & Adventure”.
  • ·         A class set of the Junior Certificate examination preparation book  Practicamos from Folens.
  • ·         A large wall map from Brendan in International Books.
  • ·         A Nikon camera from EDCO.
  • ·   An ALL IN 8 class license (30 students) worth 300€ for Leaving or Junior Certificate students, including a free teacher license from
  • ·         A €100 One-For-All Gift Card from Euro Languages College.

We are delighted to be welcoming these companies to the AGM this year. The ATS greatly appreciates their generosity and looks forward to future collaboration with them.

Please sign up at the various stands if you wish to be entered into their raffle.

Prize-winners will be announced at the end of the day.

***Please note, registration for the AGM has now closed***

AGM and Conference 2013

This year’s AGM and Conference  will take place in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra on Saturday October 5th.
Registration and coffee will begin at 9.15am, with the first workshop starting at 9.45am.
We will be offering the following  CPD workshops :
  • Following our survey of members, Ana Sanchez Sanchez from Colegio Delibes in Spain will be giving two workshops: one on “Por/ Para” and the other on  “the Subjunctive“, discussing difficulties these present to students and suggesting activities to use in the classroom.
  • Dr. Carmen Herrero from Manchester Metropolitan University/ FILTA will be giving a workshop on the use of film in the Spanish language class, again with an emphasis on practical activities that can be used in the classroom.
  • There will be CPD certificates available at the end of the day for those who have attended all sessions.

In addition, publishers and businesses associated with Spanish will be on hand to discuss their products and this year there will be various raffle prizes on offer, including vouchers, a kindle reader, class sets of books and a weekend away.

If you would like to attend the Conference you must register by Wednesday September 18th, as we need to confirm numbers with St. Pat’s.  As in previous years, a hot lunch will be provided. You will also have the opportunity to renew your membership on the day.
PLEASE NOTE: In previous years we have had a number of people who failed to turn up on the day.  We are charged for everyone who registers.  Last year we were charged a lot of money for teachers who were not there – this is not sustainable. We may have to start charging a deposit and/or impose a charge on those who fail to show up if this continues. Please notify us before October 1st if you have registered and are unable to attend.
To facilitate the registration process on the day, it would greatly help us if you could print off and fill in membership forms in advance. The forms are available here:  If possible, please have correct change for membership (€30 for individual, €40 for group membership) or a cheque made payable to ATS Ireland.
Click here for full details of the conference.
To register, please send an email to this address: atsirlandaagm[AT]gmail[DOT]com.  Please do not register for colleagues unless you have confirmed with them that they can make it.
We look forward to seeing you on the 5th.

Welcome to the new webpage of the ATS!

After some time spent looking at different web designs, we are working on this webpage as the new online home of the Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland. We would love to have your suggestions for what you would like to see on the website. We are happy to share and publish original content Read More

Plaza de Toros Las Ventas, Madrid
Plaza de Toros Las Ventas, Madrid

After some time spent looking at different web designs, we are working on this webpage as the new online home of the Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland. We would love to have your suggestions for what you would like to see on the website. We are happy to share and publish original content and images related to Spanish teaching, so please get in touch with ideas for the site.

Please excuse our appearance as we get our website up to scratch!

You can get in touch with us via email, Facebook and Twitter during this process.  The links can be found on the right hand side of the page.