the Oilte pilot project
first phase of Oilte began in Autumn 2001. A group of 19 practising
language teachers from around Ireland trained as trainers for subsequent
in-service courses. With assistance and guidance from both Irish
and international experts working in the field of CALL (Computer
Assisted Language Learning), a 10-hour in-service training module
was developed. The training module was adapted to the needs of the
three levels of education, namely: first and second levels and Further
courses cater for language teachers who have at least basic computer
skills such as word processing and a familiarity with the use of
the Internet. The languages addressed in Oilte are Irish, French,
German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
focus on developing skills in the use of technology for teaching
and learning in the language classroom. This in turn will increase
confidence on the part of teachers in the selection and use of electronically
total of 15 courses were held as part of the pilot stage (Spring
2002) of the project. Five of these courses were aimed at First
level, seven courses at Second level and three more were offered
to teachers involved in Further Education.
is not a basic skills' training programe: applicants should have
acquired basic computer skills prior to doing an Oilte course.