Say Yes to Languages

Say Yes to Languages

Module extended for fourth year!

April 2024: Primary schools are invited to apply to participate in the Say Yes to Languages module in the 2024/25 school year.

The Say Yes to Languages module introduces primary pupils to a new language by facilitating schools to introduce either a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) of their choice or Irish Sign Language (ISL).

Having demonstrated great success over the past three years – with over 1,300 schools taking part – the module is now being offered to schools for a fourth year. Full details are available in the Department of Education Circular 0042/2024 

Primary pupils with language passports

Say Yes to Languages is delivered to pupils from third to sixth class with participating schools eligible for a grant from the Department of Education of €500 per classroom, up to a maximum of €2000 per school.  

Terms and Hours extended

2024/25 will see a change to the run time, with the module to run for ten weeks – an increase of two weeks from the previous year – and to take place within the normal timetable. The weekly hour lessons can be taken as one, or a combination of shorter classes across the week to make up the hour. 

Teachers and Tutors

Where feasible, schools are encouraged to nominate a teacher on staff to deliver the module. Where no member of staff is available schools may engage visiting teachers/tutors or members of the wider school community. Tutors teaching the module can be primary or post-primary teachers, but also members of the wider community, including parents.

Training and Resources Provided

Training sessions are provided by Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) to all teachers/tutors delivering the module, while information sessions are also facilitated for hosting teachers and other school representatives. Awareness raising packs are also sent out to all participating schools to complement the teaching resources.

Huge Variety of Languages Chosen

A diverse range of languages have been selected by schools over the past three years, with last year seeing 16 languages being taught through the module. These included Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Irish Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Tamil, and Ukrainian.  

Schools are now invited to apply for the 2024/2025 school year. For information on how to apply and further details about the Say Yes to Languages module, including FAQs, click here.

Applications close at 5pm Wednesday 15th of May and successful schools will be notified by Friday 14th June.