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Help to promote the importance of languages in your school

Further support for teaching and learning of foreign languages in your school is available at

Language teacher upskilling programmes

The MFL Teacher Upskilling Scheme was developed under the Languages Connect Strategy to draw out the existing, unused ‘dormant’ language capacity in our schools. The scheme was aimed at language teachers qualified in a language they are not teaching or are not teaching to full capacity. MFL teachers in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian languages are currently availing of the upskilling scheme.

Language Teacher exchange programmes

If you are a French or German teacher have you applied to go on one of the DES teacher exchange programmes? Information is available – click here


More teaching resources

  • Junior Cycle for Teachers: Resources to support the implementation of the new MFL specification – click here
  • PDST: Supports teaching and learning of MFL in post-primary schools click here
  • TPNs: The Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) has established a supplementary funding scheme, TPN, to support the work of Teachers’ Groups and Associations (TGAs) which afford Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and professional peer support to all Post Primary teachers.

For more information:

Junior Cycle Skills booklet – click here

Junior Cycle guidance and resources for curricular languages – click here

Junior Cycle guidance and resources for non-curricular languages – click here

Gradireland Languages Careers Booklet – click here

The following TPNs are available for language teachers:

French Teachers Association – click here

Association of Teachers of Spanish – click here

German Teachers Association of Ireland – click here

Association of Teachers of Italian – click here

Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland – click here

Association of Teachers of Russian in Ireland – click here

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