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.
¡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.
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.
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. 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.
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!
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Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Profesores de Español
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!
Cost for ATS members of events:
Conference & AGM: 20euro
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!
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!