The #LanguagesPathways team, a collaborative group of language lecturers from across TU Dublin, have been awarded funding for their proposal entitled ‘Awareness Raising and Promotion of courses with a Foreign Language component’.
The €10,000 funding has been allocated by Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI), a dedicated unit in the Department of Education and Skills, providing expertise and support for foreign languages education in Ireland and with responsibility for implementing key actions in Languages Connect – Ireland's Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026.
The allocated funding will be directed towards promotional activity for Languages, involving post-primary students and first-year entrants. The group's aim is to raise awareness of courses with a foreign language component in TU Dublin and to highlight the importance of foreign language learning on multiple levels for personal, cultural, social development and career opportunities. Participating post-primary students, teachers, career advisors, parents will be introduced to the TU Dublin language experience, immersed in language-related activities using the various languages taught in the University, and appreciate the many fun ways they can learn about different cultures and languages.
#LanguagesPathways activities for the 2020-2021 academic year, will be partially online and also at the Grangegorman campus (subject to social distancing rules). These activities will contribute towards the national 'Languages Connect' strategy and awareness-raising campaign, which aims to emphasise the pivotal role of plurilingualism and multiculturalism in the educational experience, and the relevance of languages both for global citizenship and for success in the global market.
Dr Susanna Nocchi (TU Dublin, City Campus & Lead Project Co-ordinator)
Odette Gabaudan (City Campus)
Nathalie Cazaux (Blanchardstown Campus)
Dr. Riana Walsh (Tallaght Campus