The language of heat
Most European countries are experiencing one of the hottest summers for years.
When we asked News Online readers to describe the heat in their own language, the replies flooded in from all over the world.
There is yet another new wave of start-ups emerging in the educational technology space and like those that came before, most of this new wave neglects to address some critical issues. Every few years, a new set of companies comes out with what they refer to as, “the next wave in digital education.” However, these “new” methods and technologies are rarely actually new. Experienced educators who have followed the evolution of digital education since its inception over fifty years ago, have seen it all. The new distribution technologies offered by the new web don’t actually enable new pedagogies that haven’t been tried yet. Since the mid-1980s, there has been adequate technology and tools available to allow us to try out the entire array of pedagogical theories. Believe me, every combination of existing tools has been employed, and with a slight variance from subject to subject, very few methods used in conjunction with technology have been effective at improving educational outcomes. For the full article, click link:
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Skills for the future
Following publication of the skills report, EGFSN chair Una Halligan pointed to the essential skills needed to fill future jobs, and foreign-language capability was chief among these. “The recommendations went forward, and the big one was foreign language,” she tells me.
Since then, a number of colleges and schools have introduced new foreign language programmes. Chinese, Japanese and Russian have been introduced at transition year and Leaving Certificate level in many secondary schools, while some offer French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic and Russian as extra-curricular subjects at Junior Certificate level.
Halligan says these changes suggest that educators are beginning to understand the need for foreign language proficiency, but she’s not sure if a long-term strategy is enough. “I think the ones that we’re probably most concerned about in the immediate future are the EU languages, or European foreign languages,” she says.
Immediate job opportunities
Where Halligan identifies a huge area of need is among indigenous companies trying to sell abroad. These companies need graduates of degree programmes that incorporate languages, particularly in terms of sales and marketing. For full article click here