Minister English launches German traineeships for Irish graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, TD, today launched 40 traineeships / placements for Irish graduates. The initiative is funded from the Irish Erasmus+ budget and builds on a 2012 recommendation from the Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs that the programme should be used to support employability and German language learning …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 November]

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Alleged systematic exploitation of unpaid interns by German Department

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2013 by steve

“… Having interviewed a number of former interns, none of whom wish to be named, Trinity News has learned that unpaid German students teach a significant number of the compulsory language classes taken weekly by Junior and Senior Freshman students in the Department …” (more)

[Catherine Healy, Trinity News, 18 September]

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Why can’t we just be People in German Studies?

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2013 by steve

“In 1988 women were scarcely visible in German studies in the UK. In 1988 there was only one woman chair-holder in the whole of the British Isles and that was Eda Sagarra, Professor of Germanic Languages at Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Helen Finch, 28 May]

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Learning German

Posted in Teaching on March 6th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Derek Scally (An Irishman’s Diary, March 4th) states, ‘One of the greatest difficulties for Irish students learning German is facing a daunting crash course in grammar thanks to the removal of English grammar teaching from the Irish school syllabus. Compulsory Irish lessons have caused further collateral damage’. I totally disagree …” (more)

[Albert Collins, Irish Times, 6 March]

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Ministers need to do more than applaud a website

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2013 by steve

“Last week, the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, and the German ambassador to Ireland welcomed the launch of a new website that promotes German in Ireland. This is a laudable initiative by the German embassy and the Goethe Institute but our Government should be doing more, way more …” (more)

[Joe Gill, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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English imperialism

Posted in Research on February 14th, 2013 by steve

Germany“The practical reality for many German academics and researchers is that publishing in English is becoming progressively more vital for their careers. However, some German linguists are railing against this process and drawing attention to its associated cultural, political and academic dilemmas. This is reflected in a new book, Deutsch in der Wissenschaft (German in Academia/the Sciences) …” (more)

[Brian Bloch, Times Higher Education, 14 February]

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2,000 jobs available for German speakers

Posted in Life on December 15th, 2012 by steve

“There are 2,000 jobs available for German speakers in Ireland, German Irish Chamber of Commerce president Ralf Zimmermann said yesterday at the trade body’s annual Christmas lunch …” (more)

[Independent, 15 December]

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Why students learning German will help the economy

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2010 by steve

“Learning another language gives students the chance of getting to know a new culture and make new friends. Language skills help you to communicate, understand and deal with all the different information you face daily …” (more)

[Independent, 13 October]


The End of German Studies – Who Cares?

Posted in Teaching on October 6th, 2009 by steve

UK“German students at Queen’s University Belfast are a dying breed. A first final lesson came at the end of the 2nd semester in June this year, when administrators announced that the German Studies department was no longer financially viable. After being questioned on this decision Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson was quick to point out that, seemingly, there is not enough interest for this language at degree level among Northern Ireland’s A’ level students …” (more)

[Barbara Boyle, The Gown, 5 October]

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Auf Wiedersehen, dept?

Posted in Teaching on September 22nd, 2009 by steve

UK“… Faced with the closure of German departments across the country, she’s having to expand her search to research posts in bibliography – the academic study of books. Germanists like her, she says, ‘are having to take our passion for our subject behind closed doors, into libraries and archives’. Next month, another university’s senate will debate a proposal from senior management to close its German department in 2013. The full-time lecturer, full-time teaching fellow and part-time teaching fellow who make up the University of Leicester’s German department have been told the future of their department is ‘unsustainable’ …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 22 September]

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German under threat at QUB

Posted in Teaching on June 21st, 2009 by steve

UK“German is under threat at Queens University Belfast and our colleagues there need our support. David Robb of German at QUB writes that the subject is in good health at the University and that any attempts to close it could threaten the viability of other languages at degree level in the University …” (more)

[Association for German Studies Blog, 16 June]

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