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This website aims to promote and showcase the value of learning a foreign language.

Richard Bruton, the Minister for Education and Skills today (04 December 2017) launched Languages Connect – Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2022. Click here to download strategy.

This Strategy has been developed in the context of Action 1.6 of the Department’s Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 which aims to enable learners communicate effectively and improve their standards of competence in languages and so fulfil our ambition to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe within the next decade. Click here to download report.

The vision of the strategy is that Ireland’s education system will promote a society where the ability to learn and use at least one foreign language is taken for granted, because of its inherent value for individuals, society and the economy.

There are many supports available to you as a parent or guardian to help and encourage your child to learn foreign languages. Please discuss with your child’s school or contact us.

For more information:

Why study a language – click here

GradIreland Languages Career Booklet – click here

Heritage Languages

The language learning goal of the European Commission is that members should be able to:

  1. Fully use the language of schooling (in Ireland, the language of schooling in most schools is English)
  2. Fully use another European language
  3. Confidently use a third language

Be proud of your home language.

Use your language to communicate with your child from the day they are born so that they can learn it too.

Your home language will help to build a secure, loving relationship with your child. We use our mother-tongue to speak the language of our heart. It is the language we speak best. Be proud of it and pass it on.

No. Their home language can be used to help them to learn English and many more subjects as well.

You are the expert when it comes to your home language.

The teachers in your child’s school are the experts when it comes to teaching English, additional languages and other subjects. When school and home work together your child, the student, benefits.


Knowing your home language will help your child to:

  • Have confidence in your child. Confidence is very important for success in learning and in life
  • Remain connected to the wider family, e.g., grandparents, cousins. She/he can communicate with confidence when using Skype and when visiting your country
  • Feel at home in your country of origin
  • Feel at home in Ireland as your home language helps your child to (understand, speak, read and write) / (learn) English. Yes! The better your child knows their  home language the more this will help them to learn English and additional languages
  • To develop skills like observation, analysis, reflection, questioning, exploration – all very necessary in the learning process
  • Transfer these skills to learning not only languages, but other subjects like Maths and Science as well
  • Be interested and motivated to learn
  • Develop independent/autonomous learning skills


Having language skills broadens access to a greater variety and number of courses.


Languages are increasingly important for career success. There are greater advantages in the jobs market for graduates who:

  • Have an extra language
  • Are flexible in the way they use their language skills
  • Can use the languages they know in different contexts and for different purposes


Knowing more than one language:

  • Enriches a person’s knowledge and understanding of the world, other cultures and people
  • Helps to broaden and enrich personal contacts
  • Helps to develop lifelong learning skills


The world is becoming increasingly diverse. Languages have an important role to play. Being able to communicate in another person’s language helps us to:

  • Build bridges between people of different cultures
  • Build unity in diversity
  • Understand each other, work together and build a more harmonious society

Ask at your local school about including your home language as part of the new short courses in heritage languages in New Modern Languages. This is an initiative supported by the DES Languages Connect programme. 


For more information please  CLICK HERE

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Only 6.5%
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