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Primary Language Sampler Module extended for 2022/2023

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced the extension of the primary languages sampler module for a further year and invited primary schools to apply to participate.

The length of the module in 2022/23 will be increased from six to eight weeks. The grant to schools participating will also be €400 per classroom up to a maximum of €1,600.

The module is aimed at 3rd to 6th class and the school can select the language of choice. Languages selected in 21/22 included French, Spanish, Irish Sign Language, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Arabic, Tamil and Portuguese.

Minister Foley said “I am delighted with the response of our schools to the module in 21/22. It has been warmly and positively welcomed by 500 schools and has engaged almost 40,000 pupils with the range of languages used by their classmates. I hope that this extension of the module will encourage more schools to participate.”

The module can be delivered by either the class teacher in the school or by an individual identified by the school as a suitable tutor (e.g. a language teacher/ Foreign Language Assistant in a local post-primary school or a member of the community who is fluent in the chosen language e.g. parent).

Training for the teacher/ tutor will be provided by Post Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) who will also provide all the necessary resources and supports to the schools delivering the module. 

More information is available in the Department of Education Circular and in our Primary section.

Schools can apply to participate in the module in 2022/23 by completing the Application Form.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms has been extended to 5pm on Wednesday 25th May 2022.

Minster Foley said: “This module is an important aspect of our foreign languages strategy which aims to increase the number of students studying foreign languages at all levels. We must support our learners to gain the skills they need to function and thrive in our modern global economy.”