Karen Ruddock, Director
Karen has led the work of PPLI since April 2009. She has overseen the development of a range of innovative projects through key collaborations with relevant stakeholders and was an important contributor to the consultation, development, and publication of Languages Connect: Ireland’s Foreign Languages in Education strategy. Karen’s knowledge and passion for language learning has recently been put to further use driving the implementation of a number of key actions in the strategy – a venture that has broadened the remit of PPLI. Karen has been gradually growing the team around her over the past couple of years with the addition of new Education Officers, Project Officers and a Marketing team to facilitate the successful delivery of the Languages Connect strategy.
Karen has travelled widely and has lived and worked in the US, Uganda, and Japan. ,She began her career as a second level teacher in the sciences, before doing postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics, EFL and Japanese language pedagogy, and taught these at second and third level in Ireland and Japan. She has experience in curriculum development, implementing ICT in the MFL classroom, and teacher training. Prior to joining PPLI, she also ran a consultancy providing cross-cultural training and language skills.