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.

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Present Context: The Languages Initiative continues under the National Development Plan 2007 - 2013. We can no longer provide teacher hours in schools offering Spanish and Italian, however, we can provide some grant assistance in special circumstances, and we are currently supporting the production of a new Italian textbook. We will also be providing for resources, languages upskilling and CPD via a new website and there are a couple of particular initiatives in relation to Spanish.

  • On-line Spanish upskilling for ALL teachers:   We are looking for Spanish teachers and any other teachers who may be interested to sign up for on-line upskilling provided by the Instituto Cervantes. If you click on http://ave.cervantes.es/ing.htm , then scroll over the red boxes at bottom of page, you can find out all about it. If you think you would benefit from this upskilling pre-register by expressing your interest in a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The course will be supported by the Post-Primary Languages Initiative and we hope that they will be available soon.
  • Spanish Teaching Resources from Authentik We are looking for teachers who would use the Spanish teaching resources on www.authentikinteractive.com We will pay an initial 6 month subscription for whole school access to their Spanish resources to any teacher/school who send us in 3 short lesson plans outlining how you would use it (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  If you look at http://www.authentikinteractive.com/free/ you can click on a sample Spanish text at the bottom of the page and see the kind of learning tools available with it.

In relation to Japanese we are planning for the future in order to ensure its sustainability, and developing a strategy to have it regularised in the general curriculum as a mainstream subject in accordance with its official status as a curricular subject.  Part of this strategy includes supporting Japanese only in schools which actively encourage Transition Year students to take the subject on to Leaving Certificate and timetable it in the regular curriculum.

In relation to Russian, we are currently conducting an evaluation of the subject as a TY module and a feasibility study on the introduction of Russian as a Leaving Certificate subject for non-native speakers of Russian.

We see our role now as widening to encourage, promote and support the learning of all languages at post-primary level, and to develop policy and structures for the introduction of other new languages based on research of best practice and on the experience of the initiative in relation to the existing languages.