Directions to FTA Conference

The Iontas Building in the North Campus, N.U.I. Maynooth, is the venue for this year’s National FTA Conference.


  1. In Maynooth, drive along Main Street, turn left at the traffic lights after Manor Mills shopping centre onto Kilcock Road.
  2. North Campus of N.U.I. Maynooth is on the right hand side of Kilcock Road, past Aldi.
  3. Enter North Campus.
  4. Follow the one-way traffic system.
  5. Parking for Iontas Building is available after the all weather playing pitch and playing pitches at carparks 4, 5 and 5A.

Exhibition Hall Wifi Network: CONF
Exhibition Hall Wifi Password: welcome-2-mu-938475

Foreign language in Irish education Consultation

On August 28th, the Department of Education launched a consultation paper for the teaching and learning of modern languages in Ireland, called Modern Languages in irish Education. 

This paper is available here with all the details. 

The FTA will be collecting views of its members to send a reply from the FTA to Minister. 

The deadline for submission is the end of October 2014. 

National Conference 2014, October 3rd/4th

The National FTA Conference promises to be very exciting again this year. Please find the programme below. (Note that we were over-subscribed last year. You can book your place at the conference any time from now.)

Vendredi 03 octobre : le français  une compétence pour la vie
19.00 Pot d’accueil et ouverture de la conférence par Christopher Pingeon, Chargé de mission linguistique, Service Culturel
Philippe Milloux: Directeur de l’Alliance Française de Dublin, Délégué général de la Fondation Alliance Française en Irlande
20.00 Projection du film: Populaire
Une comédie délicieusement retro. Rose Pamphyle est la parfaite héroïne de 1958, blonde, fraîche et naïve. Elle a un don insolite. Elle tape à la machine plus vite que son ombre. Son patron Echard se met en tête de l’entraîner pour des concours de vitesse dactylographique, et de faire d’elle la fille la plus rapide du pays.


Samedi 04 octobre
8.30–9.15 Inscription
9.15–9.30 Ouverture de la conférence: Son Excellence Jean-Pierre Thébault, ambassadeur de France en Irlande
9.30–10.30 Guide de survie dans un monde de langues facultatives
Intervenante : Helen Myers (blog)
10.30–11.00 Projection du film gagnant de 2014 / Lancer la competition pour 2014/15 + distribution du guide pédagogique
Interventante : Anne Brudell
11.00–11.30 Pause café
11.30–12.30 Le français: une compétence pour vivre au Québec, ailleurs au Canada et en Amérique?
Intervenant : Robert Laliberté, directeur général de l’Association internationale des études québécoises (AIEQ)
12.30–14.00 Déjeuner
14.00–14.30 European Day of Languages, European Centre for Modern Languages, European Language Label, eTwinning, Erasmus+
Intervenante : Nellie Woods, Leargas
14.30–15.30 Comment utiliser le film pour soutenir les activités pédagogiques
Intervenant : Steven Glover


To attend the Conference, Oct 3rd/4th

To attend the National Conference, reserve your place now.

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Teacher needed in Waterford

Cactus Worldwide are currently looking for a French teacher in Waterford.

The student would like to have 2 x 1h30mn lessons per week (for a total of 40h of lessons).

The student is flexible about the day/time of the lessons (please let me know your availability when replying).

If you are interested please send an email at

Adapter une démarche communic-actionnelle en classe de français

Chers collégues,

L‘Alliance Française de Dublin organise sa 3e session intensive de formation á destination des enseignants de langue.

Cette année, la formation portera sur Adapter une démarche communic-actionnelle en classe de français (ci-joint (PDF) le programme indicatif).

Pour votre information, l‘Alliance accepte la prise en charge (totale ou partielle) par votre établissement. Contactez-nous pour plus d‘informations quant á la démarche.

La formation se déroulera en français.


Mickael Lenglet

Pedagogical Adviser

Direct line: (+353) 1 638 14 49

Alliance Française in Dublin, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

FTA Film competition results

Many thanks to all the schools, teachers ans students who entered the FTA film competition 2013/2014. 

The jury has met and was very pleased with the entries. They said it was a very enjoyable task and they were impressed by the ideas and the acting and linguistic talents displayed in the films. 

There were three categories : 

– Best overall film;

– The most imaginative film

– The most creative with language. 

So, here are the winners: 

Best overall film: Un incident dans la classe de français, Castletroy College, Limerick. Ms Dowling's 1st class (Bríd 1) 

Most imaginative film: Un incident dans la salle de classe, Templeogue College, Dublin 6. Ms Foynes's TY class

Most creative with language: Souris!, Scoil Bhríde, Mercy Secondary School, Tuam. Ms Mc Mahon's TY class. 

There will be a prize giving ceremony during the French Teacher Association national conference in October. Details will be emailed to you in due course. 

Again bravo à tous les participants ! 

A l'année prochaine ! 




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Carrick-on-Shannon Branch

French Teachers Association of Ireland
Carrick-on-Shannon Branch

Quizz de table : 1st Years

Venue: Community School Carrick-on-Shannon
Date: Thursday May 8th 2014: 19.00 — 21.00
April25th 2014.

Dear Colleague,
The Carrick-on-Shannon branch of the FTA is holding a Table Quiz for 1st Year students in the Community School in Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday May 8th 2014 from 19.00 — 21.00. This is intended to be a fun evening which will give 1st Year students of French the chance to meet other students and to surprise themselves at how much French they have already learned.
There will be 6 rounds of 6 questions with small spot prizes. The questions (in English and in simple French) will be set by teachers from outside the region and will be sent to the branch in sealed envelopes which will be opened on the evening.

Topics will include: Le sport, la cuisine, chassez l‘intrus, la géographie, l‘histoire, les maths/les chiffres -> 69, les couleurs, les francophones célèbres
The question masters for the evening will be French.
To take part in the quiz completed registration forms should be sent to the branch treasurer, Phil Earley, with the appropriate registration fee. Please note:-
All schools in the catchment area of Carrick-on Shannon FTA branch may enter. However, as places are limited, priority will be given current members of the FTA.
1 team of 4 members per class group may enter (e.g. 3 First Year groups in a school = 3 Teams)
Only teams which have registered on/before 16.00 on Tues May 6th 2014 can take part in the quiz.
Plaques will be awarded to the 3 winning tables. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and a drink during the quiz. No other food or drinks should be brought into the centre.

All students must be sitting at their assigned table at 7pm sharp. Due to space constraints only 4 members per team will be allowed in the centre. No substitutes or supporters should be brought.
The centre will close at 9.15 and each teacher will be responsible for arranging transport for his/her own students. There will be no supervision of the students after 9pm.
The FTA is grateful to Carrick-on-Shannon Community School for allowing us to use its premises. Teachers are asked to ensure that their students behave in an orderly manner at all times and follow all instructions given by the organising committee.

Looking forward to seeing you and your students,

Ann Brudell, Chairperson Carrick-on-Shannon FTA
French Teachers Association of Ireland
Carrick-on-Shannon Branch
Quizz de table : Ist Years

Venue: : Community School Carrick-on-Shannon Date: : Thurs May 8th 2014,19.00 — 21.00

Please fill in a separate form for each team

School :
School contact number: ..
Teacher(s) in charge:
Teacher contact number (mobile): email :.
Do you want confirmation to be sent to you by text or email ? Please tick.
I am / am not currently a member of the FTA (to join go to ) 1st Year Team members:
1) .
2) .
3) .
4) .

I enclose cheque for € Fee per team € 10 per team(maximum of € 25 per school)

Completed form with cheque for the appropriate amount should be sent to Carrick-on Shannon FTA branch secretary, Phil Earley, Post-Primary Schools, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.

Closing date for receipt of entries is 16.00 on Tuesday May 6th 2014.

N.B. Only teams which have registered on/before this date may take part in the Table Quiz so early registration is advised. You will receive an email/text to confirm that your teams have been registered. Unregistered teams which turn up on the night will not be admitted.

N.B. All schools in the catchment area of Carrick-on Shannon FTA branch may enter. However, as places are limited, priority will be given current members of the FTA. To renew membership you can do so online at or contact Phil Earley.

French Cinema on demand with IF Cinema digital platform

Dear all,

I would like to inform you that French teachers at all levels can now access the IF cinema platform of the Institut Français. More than 300 royalty free films are available (fiction films, feature and short films, films recently released, cultural heritage films and films for young audiences) along with over 50 educational kits.

The main purpose of IF Cinema is to allow your students to discover the French cinema. To do so, you could organise a “ciné-club (weekly or monthly screening), organise screenings during events devoted to the French language or simply by watching it in class and making an instructional sequence.

If you are interested in accessing the platform, please make sure to read the terms and conditions (PDF 385Kb).

To download the films, please register on the Institut Français website and fill in this registration form (PDF 115Kb) and send it back to .

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,


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Summer Scholarships for Teachers of French (Update)

Dear all,

I would like to remind you that the registration period for the scholarships for French teachers has already started. We have extended the deadline to 10th April 2014. No application will be considered after this date.

I would be grateful if you could once again pass this information on to the teachers who could be interested in applying for these scholarships.

If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Christopher Pingeon

Chargé de mission coopération linguistique
Service Culturel
Ambassade de France
1 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
(00353) 1 7088306

Ambassade de France

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VENUE: Naas C.B.S. Naas

Quiz Master: Mickael Lenglet


Any number of teams may enter from a school subject to space. Maximum 30 teams.

ENTRY: 20 euro for 1st team from a school. 10 euro for 2nd team and 5 euro for other teams. (So if you have 3 teams it will cost 35 euro).

(We are not collecting affiliation fees this year, so the entry fees are needed to pay for quiz and prizes.)

Entries texted to Joe Walsh @ 0876781543, or mail to

Asap not later than Monday 24th March.

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