Supporting the learning and teaching of languages at post-primary level by providing access via this web platform to relevant resources and materials and offering opportunities for communication and discussion via Facebook and Twitter for students and teachers, opportunities for language upskilling and links to innovative and creative teaching methodology for teachers, and information for school managers and parents. Check out some of the great resources, links, and videos on the site! Our latest addition to the site is a blog for students of French which can be accessed by clicking here.
Working on the creation of short courses in modern languages not yet on the curriculum for the new Junior Cycle Framework. Currently we are nearing completion of generic specifications for use in the creation of actual courses in new languages, based on the NCCA template. The aim of these courses is for students to develop language proficiency in the chosen language within level A1 (Council of Europe scale). The course also enhances learning by developing language and intercultural awareness skills combined with digital literacy skills. We are working with language specialists to develop courses in specific languages (currently Irish Sign Language, Japanese, Polish, and Russian) and are planning to create short courses in some home languages too. We are also developing a range of support documents to assist course developers and teachers in bringing the new short courses to the classroom.
Planning for the future in relation to Japanese and Russian in order to ensure sustainability and developing a strategy to have these languages regularised in the general curriculum as mainstream subjects in accordance with their official status as curricular subjects.
Developing policy on the introduction of new languages based on research of best practice and on the experience of the initiative in introducing Japanese and Russian.