Short Course in Lithuanian as a heritage language
Lithuanian is one of the most recent languages to be added to the post-primary school curriculum in Ireland by the Department of Education and Skills, as a heritage language in Junior Cycle. This is being done in the context of one of the goals in Languages Connect Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education, which is to diversify and increase the uptake of languages learned and cultivate the languages of the new Irish.
Lithuanian has been introduced as a short course for Junior Cycle in a number of schools in Dublin and Monaghan, two of the areas with the highest density of speakers of Lithuanian as a heritage language. This short course in Lithuanian as a Heritage Language aims to maintain and develop students’ proficiency levels in Lithuanian and their knowledge of Lithuanian literature and culture in order to consolidate and deepen their literacy skills and make them more self-aware as learners. This 100 hour course is based on the Generic Short Course in Modern Languages which was in turn developed using the Framework for Junior Cycle (DES, 2015) and the Junior Cycle Short Courses Draft Handbook ‘Developing Short Courses in Junior Cycle’. The course provides the ‘learning statements’ and key skills which all short courses are based upon.
Leaving Certificate Lithuanian
Lithuanian is currently offered as a non-curricular Leaving Certificate subject. This is part of a policy of the Department of Education and Skills to offer a Leaving Certificate exam in European Community languages that are not currently on the curriculum. A new Leaving Certificate curriculum specification is currently being developed by the NCCA.
Resources to support students taking Lithuanian as a non-curricular language at Leaving Certificate are available – click here.
For more information:
Specification Junior Cycle Short Course in Lithuanian as a Heritage Language – click here
Learning Language Booklet Junior Cycle Short Course in Lithuanian as a Heritage Language – click here