Foreign Languages Strategy

Languages Connect - Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026

Languages Connect - Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2022 was launched by Richard Bruton TD Minister for Education and Skills in December 2017.

This Strategy was 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. 

Language Strategy Consultation 2015-2017

The strategy which covers post-primary, further and higher education was prepared following a consultation phase where almost 80 submissions were received. Copies of these submissions, divided up by category, are available at the links below:

A forum was also 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: