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Kristin Brogan - mediation link person


Surname: Brogan
First name: Kristin
Address for correspondence: E-mail
Nationality: German

Affiliation with educational networks/associations

  • Member of SIETAR Ireland (2010), Board member (2011 - )
  • Member of the Expert Group for Future Skills Needs' steering group of the project Key Skills for Enterprise to Trade Internationally (October 2011 – March 2012)
  • Representative for Ireland (DES) in the EU Commission working group Languages for Jobs since June 2010
  • Association of Third Level German Teachers in Ireland : Joint-Chair since 2007 - 2011 (committee member since 2005)
  • Member of the Space Network for Language & Business Studies (www.space-eu.info) (2007 - )
  • Member of the Academic Council at ITT (2007 –
  • Member of IRAAL - Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (2006 - )
  • Co-founder of IoTs (Institutes of Technology) language policy and planning network (2006 – ); please see www.languagesinireland.ie
  • German Teacher Association (GDI) (Chair of regional group for 2006/07)
  • Member of the International Association of Multilingualism (IAM) (2004 - 2009)
  • Member of Business German Ireland (2004 - )
  • Member of the MLPSI network since 2003 and co-founder of the Modern Languages in Primary Schools, Kerry Teachers Network Group - //www.mlpsi.ie/

Work information

Occupation or position currently held: Lecturer
Name of employer: School of Business & Social Studies
ITT (Institute of Technology Tralee)
Country of employment: Ireland

Education and training

  • Institute of Technolgy, Tralee PhD, "The Year Abroad - Language Acquisition and Intercultural Competence" with Dr. Muiris Ó Laoire (Sept 2005 - expected date of completion: Autumn 2012)
    Sabbatical Leave for the Academic year 2006/07 for research purposes
  • St Patrick's College, Maynooth (NUI), Kildare, Ireland, 1992 – 1994
    MA, Aesthetic Education in the 18th Century
  • St Patrick's College, Maynooth (NUI), Kildare, Ireland, 1987 – 1992
    BA, German & Classics
  • St. Irmgardischule & Humboldt Gymnasium, Cologne, Germany

Languages of communication

Mother tongue  German
Other languages  English, French

Contribution to the project

I am actively engaged since my employment at ITT in 1994 in the promotion of language teaching and learning. Due to my membership in national language associations and due to my work with international partners in EU LdV projects I know that language staff are too often only communicating to the converted and do not manage to break out of their discipline area in order to include other stakeholders. Since my 2010 membership at the EU Commission working group: "Languages for Jobs" I am very much interested in pursuing this path of how to be more inclusive and how to convince other stakeholders of the importance of languages for communication purposes and intercultural competences.
Since my professional employment as a lecturer in the early 90s I have worked in a bilingual capacity (English/German), which would support my role as second working language documentalist. I have conducted research projects both in English and in German.
Due to my active involvement with language associations I am very much supporting the idea of collaboration among different institutes of higher education and different languages and am aware that new approaches to teaching languages is needed. I feel that this project could provide important guidance for my colleagues when addressing the question on successful methodology.
My previous experience with various EU projects since 2003 should also assist my rle in this project.
For further information please see: //www.ittralee.ie/en/InformationFor/Staff/Profiles/kristinbrogan/


  • LIN newsletter (Learning Innovation Network) – article about the IoTs (Institutes of Technology) Language network together with Dr. Riana Walsh, December 2008
  • Brogan, K., "Online Language Teaching in the EU-Project "Problem SOLVE" published in: Newby, D. and Penz, H. (2009) Languages for social cohesion. Council of Europe Publishing
  • Brogan, K and Walsh, R., "Language Skills and Cultural Competence in Vocational Education" published in: Intercultural Encounters in the Classroom. Germanistik in Ireland, volume 4, 2009




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