Language Upskilling Opportunities

Language Pilot Upskilling Scheme

The growth in interest in foreign language learning in primary has been supported by the publication of the Primary Curriculum Framework which will introduce modern foreign languages (MFL) within the primary school setting in a redeveloped Primary Language Curriculum.

With this in mind, a range of upskilling courses are becoming available for primary teachers to engage with. Details of some of these can be found below including EPV days-approved summer upskilling courses in modern foreign languages for primary teachers, beginning in July 2024.

This page will be updated with new opportunities for teachers for the 2024/2025 academic year as they are made available over the coming months, so please check back. You may also wish to sign up for our newsletter and follow our social media channels for further updates. Alternatively, for more information regarding upskilling for primary, please email primary@ppli.ie

 

Overview of Courses

Summer Courses (EPV days-approved courses)

Eligibility: All registered primary teachers

  • Course providers: Monaghan Education Centre (Spanish), Wexford Education Centre (French, German, Italian and Spanish) and more.
  • Mode of delivery: Face to face, online and blended learning.
  • Languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish.
  • Fee: Please consult the guide on this page.
  • Status: Registration open.

For details of all EPV days-approved courses in the Modern Foreign Languages category, including links to the relevant websites for registering, please see this file.

Further Language Upskilling Opportunities:

Following on from the language upskilling pilot in the 2023/2024 school year, when over 140 teachers availed of the opportunity to upskill in a foreign language, the Department of Education has made more funding available for the roll out of a language upskilling scheme. The scheme will be administered by us at PPLI and will offer a variety of courses throughout the school year.

For an idea of the various types of courses that were on offer last year, please see below. This page will be updated with new opportunities for the 2024/2025 school year as they are made available over the coming months, so please check back. 

You may also wish to sign up for our newsletter and follow our social media channels for further updates. Alternatively, for more information regarding upskilling for primary, please email primary@ppli.ie

Eligibility: Primary teachers delivering Say Yes to Languages in their school:

  • Course providers: Cultural institutes and any other approved providers as identified by the teachers. 
  • Mode of delivery: In-person, online, and blended
  • Languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. 
  • Fee: Reimbursement of fees and expenses. 
  • Status: Registration for the 2024/2025 academic year will open in September

Eligibility: All registered primary teachers:

German and Spanish:

  • Course providers: Participating Education Centres 
  • Mode of delivery: Blended
  • Fee: No upfront costs
  • Status: New courses to be added soon

Information on German in Dublin West Education Centre, click here
Information on Spanish in Kildare Education Centre, click here.

Italian:

  • Course providers: University College Cork
  • Mode of delivery: Online
  • Fee: No upfront costs
  • Status: Current applications closed. Find out more here

Chinese:

  • Course providers: Facilitated by PPLI Chinese Development Officer
  • Mode of delivery: Online
  • Fee: No upfront costs
  • Status: Current applications closed. New courses to be added soon

Japanese:

  • Course providers: Facilitated by PPLI Japanese Language Advisor 
  • Mode of delivery: Online
  • Fee: No upfront costs
  • Status: Current applications closed. New courses to be added soon