Conference 2017 was held on Saturday November 25th in the Mullingar Park Hotel. The conference theme was ‘from bilingualism to multilingualism’. This theme focuses around one of the current big demands of us as educators. Ireland needs a multilingual workforce, in view of Brexit more than ever. An Foras Pátrúnachta are industry leaders in education in this area with 100% of our schools already successfully implementing the full-immersion education model. We are delighted that international experts Piet Van de Craen and Inma Muñoa Barredo presented on CLIL (Content & language integrated learning), an extremely successful method used across Europe and beyond for language acquisition in several languages together.
‘Multilingual Learning and the New Learning Paradigm. Why Multilingual Education is Innovative Education.’ by Dr. Piet Van de Craen (Brussels University) is available here.
‘Promoting the use of a minority language through multilingualism: The case of Ikastolas.’ by Inma Muñoa Barredo (Ikastolas, The Basque Country) is available here.
Our booklet for schools detailing the next steps in implementing CLIL is available on the Irish version of this page.
Conference photos can be viewed here.