In 2020, the new specifications for Chinese, Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese was published by the NCCA. PPLI is responsible for the training and deployment of teachers for these new languages as outlined in the implementation plan of Languages Connect, Ireland’s languages strategy.
PPLI has designed a comprehensive CPD programme to up-skill this core group of teachers, many of whom already have a wealth of teaching experience in Ireland, in their home countries or abroad. In 2020, PPLI trained 18 teachers in the four languages. In 2021-2022, PPLI will continue to train more teachers with 2 sessions: June and August 2021.
PPLI will continue with a blended approach to the CPD making the most of the experience, knowledge and skills that we share to ensure that our teachers are ready and prepared to deliver the new specifications from September. The training is composed of a mixture of online seminars, live Q&A sessions, interactive activities and a number of pre- and post-tasks to help direct their independent professional development outside of the training scenario.
We have also endeavoured to create a sense of social presence by using several techniques to help the teachers from across the different languages to get to know each other albeit at a distance.
The CPD begins on the 8th June 2021.
To follow our progress, search #PPLI_CPD on Twitter or see below.
If you would like to know more about our CPD curriculum, you can view or download the document below.