Membership and AGM Registration 2016

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Update 7th of September 2016

As many of you know, we have been looking at ways to improve how to sign up for ATS membership and events and over the summer we set in motion the creation of a new registration system. Unfortunately it has taken longer than we anticipated to complete and so we have been unable to start the new school term with everything set up. We envisage that it will be ready by next week  and so we ask you to be patient a little longer.

Regardless of the delay in registering, our AGM, Conference and Teachmeet will take place on Saturday 15th of October in the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley. We realise that this date clashes with both the French and English conferences but we hope that as we have advertised our date via email, website and Facebook since the end of last October, that you will have the date already saved in your diary.

We can confirm that Joan Sutton, former Spanish Inspector and current acting Chief Spanish Examiner, will be speaking at our conference on the topic of ‘Differentiation in the Classroom’. Also following our spring workshop in Dublin earlier this year, she will briefly talk about the link question (opinion piece).

We are also putting a call out for teachers to present for 2/5/7 minutes on an idea/website/resource that has worked well in the classroom at our Teachmeet so get your thinking caps on! Further details will follow next week.


Details on entering our Debating Competition can be found on the Debating section of this website.



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

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.


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


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 – March: Secondary Schools Spanish Debating Competition (ongoing)

mid-January: in cooperation with the PPLI, a workshop on Apps in the Language Classroom

mid-late January: the finals of the Debating Competition

Early October: the Annual General Meeting and Conference (this includes a number of Professional Development workshops)

late April: the Secondary Schools Spanish Quiz (for Transition Year upwards)

NB This year’s calendar (2014-15) has changed from our usual programme of events, please keep an eye on the website and the Facebook page for further information.


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logo-fiape-209x300The 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. Read about it here in the FIAPE newsletter.

2016-2017 Membership and Registration for Events

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Apologies for the delay in opening up the registration for our membership and events. We are currently in the process of updating our membership system and moving from Eventbrite to register for our events. It is almost ready to go live so please bear with us a little longer.

Details on the debating league, which is due to start later in the month, will be available in the next day or two so get your senior Spanish team ready in advance.

Also, remember that our AGM, Conference and Teachmeet will take place in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley on the 15th of October and registration for this will be open as soon as our new events system is up and running. We will be looking for speakers for our Teachmeet to present an idea, website or resource that has worked for them in as little as 3, 5 or 7 minutes so get your thinking cap on!


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!


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!