Chinese Language Class for Irish School Teachers

Chinese evening class to Irish school teachers from January 2021 

It is our pleasure to announce that the UCD Confucius Institute will continue to offer Chinese evening class to Irish school teachers from January 2021. 

This is a half year evening course (approx. 30 hours) designed for:

  • Teachers who are interested in studying the Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture (HSK 2 required), but have no previous learning experience of Chinese.
  • Teachers who have no previous learning experience of Chinese, and are interested in tasting the language.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Know 200-300 words of core vocabulary.
  • Achieve the language proficiency equivalent to HSK 2, which will enable them to pass the entrance examination of the Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture.
  • Lay a solid foundation for further study of Chinese language.
  • Start building up their language capacity to teach simple and basic Chinese words or phrases to pupils.



Class for 2021 will run from January 2021 to June 2021, 1.5 hours per week, for 20 weeks, 18:30-20:00. 

School holiday calendar will be followed. Dates are as below: 



Class on Tuesdays

Class on Wednesdays

Class on Thursdays

Term 1





12th 19th 26th

13th 20th 27th

14th 21st 28th


2nd 9th 23rd

3rd 10th24th

4th 11th25th


2nd 9th 23rd

3rd 10th 24th

4th 11th 25th





Term 2




21st 28th

22nd 29th


4th 11th 18th25th

5th 12th 19th 26th

6th 13th 20th 27th


1st 8th 15th 22nd

2nd 9th 16th 23rd

3rd 10th 17th24th 


Online class via Zoom.

Course Fees


To secure your place, please visit the link below to complete registration, please note that the registration will be closed on 22nd December 2020.

For any query, please do not hesitate to contact Program Coordinator Ms Lirong Peng via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Irish Institute for Chinese Studies/UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 3000 

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Presentation of 2nd Louise Madigan Memorial Bursary in Conjunction with online Education Research Conference Saturday 10th October 20

Recently the 2020 Region Three Annual Education Research Conference, hosted jointly by the three Education Centres in the South East, Waterford, Kilkenny and Co Wexford, took place online. The theme this year was ‘Supporting EAL Students: What Works?’ A number of experienced teachers and researchers who work with and support international students in learning English presented papers on this essential and challenging education topic.  Over eighty teachers participated in this online event.

The opening address was given by Narrell Byrne, EAL Coordinator at Mount Sion Secondary School, Waterford, followed by Aoife Merrins, Primary teacher and PhD student in DCU, Caitriona O Reilly, Principal, Good Counsel GNS, Ferrybank and Marie Delaney, Co-founder of Trauma Responsive Education. The key note address was presented by Dr Fiodhna Gardiner – Hyland, Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at Mary Immaculate College. Limerick. In order to introduce student voice to the proceedings, students from Mount Sion Secondary School shared their experiences of being supported with EAL through a video link.

During the proceedings the 2nd Annual Louise Madigan Memorial Research Bursary was presented in memory of Louise Madigan, former Project & Course Administrator at Waterford Teachers Centre, who coordinated this Conference from 2016 – 2018. This annual award is jointly funded by the 3 Education Centres and presented to a teacher based in Region Three pursuing a post graduate degree at Masters or Doctoral level.

This year the applications were once again adjudicated by the independent panel comprising Dr Gerard Farrelly, PDST Advisor, Dr Pauline Egan, Director of Schools, KCETB and Chairperson, Dr Helen Murphy, Head of School of Lifelong and Education (WIT). The panel decided to award the bursary jointly to Grainne Mulcahy, a secondary teacher at Gorey Community College who is carrying out Doctoral research at TCD into the impact of Junior Cycle reform and John Murphy, a PE teacher at St Marys Secondary School, New Ross, and doctoral student at DCU. John’s Physical Activity and Wellbeing Study seeks to examine the associations between physical activity and mental health outcomes in Irish adolescents.

The recipients were congratulated by the Directors of the 3 hosting Centres, John O Sullivan, Kilkenny Education Centre, Lorraine O Gorman, Co Wexford Education Centre and Assumpta O Neill, Waterford Teachers Centre. John and Grainne both expressed their thanks and delight in being chosen as Bursary recipients for 2020 and also their appreciation to Louise’s family, her husband, Tom Carroll and children Cormac and Orla for the opportunity to benefit from this award in her name. In accepting her award Grainne stated ‘I am honoured to receive the bursary this year. Louise was a lovely person and it is humbling to receive the bursary in her name. Though a small comfort for her family, friends and colleagues, her memory is alive in the projects this bursary supports. In a very tangible way, she contributes to build a better world for students and teachers’

The former Director of WTC and Conference organiser, Dr Celia Walsh, congratulated John and Grainne and also paid tribute to Louise’s significant talents and skills and her friendship and good humour which are sadly missed by all Centre staff and teachers in the WTC region.  The 2019 Bursary winner, Michelle Bolger, a teacher Knockbeg College, Carlow presented the participants with an update on the progress of her Master’s Degree research.

In bringing proceedings to a conclusion, Dr Walsh thanked all those presenters who shared their experience and expertise in the area of EAL and also those who assisted in the organisation of the conference, particularly Laura Zalcmane, Conference Coordinator, who ensured the smooth running of all presentations. The Conference ended with a beautiful performance by the Mount Sion Choir under the guidance of their Director, Colette Kearney.


COMHAR : Leadership Development for assistant principals

Co. Wexford Education Centre is delighted to offer the PDST’s Comhar Programme for middle leaders at both Primary & Post-Primary levels. See poster below for details. Register at

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