Languages at Primary

Primary

FAQs - Say Yes to Languages 2023/2024

Yes. PPLI can help if schools can’t source one. 

Yes. In this case, the funding provided can be used to purchase additional resources to support the module if desired.

Please also see answer to question 10 below.

Yes. For this sampler module, it is not a requirement that tutors/ teachers have specific language or teaching qualifications. However, all language tutors will work under the supervision of the class teacher in terms of advice provided in Circular 0042/2018 around Garda vetting and other child protection requirements. Training and support will be provided by PPLI to all participating teachers/tutors. 

No. Tutors can be parents without any formal teaching qualifications. (Please also see answer to question 4 above).  

Training and support will be provided by PPLI to all participating teachers/ tutors.

Yes. It is to be noted, however, that the module will be delivered during the regular primary school timetable. 

Yes. For this sampler module, it is not a requirement that teacher/tutor have specific language or teaching qualifications. However, all language tutors will work under the supervision of the class teacher in terms of the advice provided in Circular 0042/2018 around Garda vetting and other child protection requirements. Training and support will be provided by PPLI to all participating teachers/tutors.

Please check with your tutor if an interpreter is required. Funding will be made available to pay ISL interpreters.

Where the teacher/tutor is a member of the teaching staff of the school, the classroom teacher is not required to stay in the classroom with that teacher. Classroom teachers are however encouraged to stay and participate in the module where relevant. 

Where the teacher/tutor is not a member of the teaching staff of the school they will work under the guidance of the class teacher in terms of advice provided in Circular 0042/2018 around Garda vetting and other child protection requirements. 

A range of resources are available here which tutors can use to support the module. 

Training and support will also be provided by PPLI to all participating teachers/tutors.  

A grant is made available for the schools by the Department of Education which is administered by PPLI. The school pays the tutor from these funds and the tutor can provide an invoice. Qualified and unqualified rates can be used as guidance, but it is up to the school and their tutors to agree on a fee, based on the total number of hours.

The grant should be used to pay the teacher/tutor and buy resources if needed. Resources are also provided by PPLI. Please refer to Circular 0021/2023 for further details.

Tutors should work with PPLI by taking part in the training workshops, the evaluation process and facilitating classroom observation by PPLI if requested 

In applying for the module, schools commit to complying with requirements as outlined in the circular. 

As building awareness of language learning is one of the key aims of the module, we encourage schools to disseminate updates about their participation in the sampler module to parents and the school community by email, on school apps, newsletters, and with the wider community on local press/ radio etc.

We will look at these on a case-by-case basis. In the application form, on point 17, please use the “Other” box and describe the classes you intend to apply for.

One hour per week, for 8 weeks over one school term.

No. The module will run for one hour per week for 8 weeks over one school term, but it is up to the teacher/tutor and hosting teacher to decide how best to divide the classes (e.g. two half-hour long classes weekly, or other suitable combinations.)

Schools will be selected to participate in Term 1, 2 or 3. In order to facilitate evaluation and classroom observation, the module should be completed over 8 weeks, within the relevant timeframe.

The term dates are as follows:

Term 1: 25th Sept – 08th Dec
Term 2: 15th Jan – 22nd March
Term 3: 15th April – 21st June

No. Classes must take place during the timetabled school day. 

Schools are invited to choose one language. However, where there are staff members available to work as tutors for different languages, this could be an option.

Interested tutors can register by filling out this formand PPLI will put them in contact with schools should the need arise. 

The terms were organised to allow availability of tutors and ensure manageability. We cannot guarantee that changes will be accomodated. Please contact us in the case of force majeure.