Language lecturers gather at GMIT for special strategy meeting

Language lecturers from around the country are to gather in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT ) tomorrow, Friday October 15, for the 11th Institutes of Technology (IoT ) Languages Strategy Network meeting.

Hosted by the GMIT School of Humanities, the Languages Strategy Network builds on existing language expertise within the IoT sector, and promotes good practice and innovation within the various colleges through inter-institutional collaboration.

Established in 2006, the network give lecturers a platform to exchange ideas and knowledge on language policy and planning, teaching and learning, current research, and good practice models.

Delegates at the meeting will be made up of language teachers, language students, language specialists, non-specialists, and management.

GMIT offers students opportunities to study a range of languages including French, German, Spanish, and Irish as modules on degree programmes in business, humanities, hotel management, and software development.

Mary MacCague, head of the School of Humanities at GMIT, said: “Topics for discussion include language numbers at third-level in general, language policies, new developments in language learning and teaching, and inter-institutional research.

“There will also be a presentation on the ECML (European Centre for Modern Languages ) and The European Language Label by Nellie Woods-Tattersall of the Education Service, Léargas. GMIT is delighted to welcome the participants and to underline once again the importance of acquiring a second or third language.”

For further information on the IoT Language Strategy Network log onto www.languagesinireland.ie For further details on the language network meeting, contact Nigel Morgan on [email protected] or Patricia Mulkeen on [email protected] at the School of Humanities.

 

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