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Working to implement the policy of the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland of diversifying, enhancing and expanding the teaching of foreign languages in post-primary schools.

Welcome to the The Post-Primary Languages Initiative

PPLI is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland whose role is:

  • to provide expertise and support for foreign languages education at post-primary level in Ireland
  • to promote multilingualism (use of multiple languages in society) and support plurilingualism (use of more than one language by individuals)
  • to support the lesser taught languages
  • to facilitate the introduction of more languages in to the curriculum via new short courses for Junior Cycle
  • to conduct applied research that will inform and support policy

On our website we aim to provide:

  • a place where language teachers can share resources and materials that are relevant to language teaching methodology in general, the teaching of the lesser taught modern foreign languages (Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) on the Irish curriculum in Irish post-primary schools, and the new languages that are spoken as home languages in Ireland
  • information and opportunities in relation to language learning and teaching at post-primary level
  • a platform for CPD and languages upskilling for modern foreign language teachers
  • information and links to relevant research on foreign languages policy in Ireland, foreign languages needs in Ireland, and other relevant materials

Please feel free to browse and contact us with any feedback and
Please watch and share our videos More Languages More Options which illustrate the importance of having foreign languages in the workplace!


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