Foreign Languages Strategy

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.

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.

An Additional Allocation of hours is available to Post Primary Schools introducing new and lesser taught foreign languages in the school year 2020/2021 under Languages Connect, Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017 – 2026:

The Strategy was developed following extensive consultations with stakeholders. 

The Department of Education and Skills has committed itself to develop and publish a foreign languages strategy in 2015. The intention is to develop a foreign languages strategy which covers post-primary, further and higher education. Following a consultation phase almost 80 submissions have been received. Copies of these submissions, divided up by category, are available at the links below:

A forum was held on Friday 27 February, 2015, in which some of those who made submissions were given an opportunity to discuss their views.  The following presentations were made:

A Stakeholder's forum was held on Thursday 18th June, 2015, to discuss the findings of the submissions on the foreign languages in education strategy. The focus of the forum was on the teaching and learning of foreign languages at third level, further education and training and the links between education and business. The following presentations were made: