YES ! Offaly schoolgirls say ‘yes’ to foreign languages

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PUPILS in Years 5 and 6 at St Philomena’s Girls NS, Tullamore, take part in Primary Language Sampler, a new language learning programme.

The sampler module is a means of making pupils aware of the range of languages ​​used by their peers, in their school and in their community. Over 500 schools across the country participate and offer modules in a range of modern foreign languages, as well as Irish Sign Language.

The module will introduce students (see one of the participants below) to French and will be taught over a period of six weeks during normal school hours.

Alex Aubin, French teacher at Sacred Heart Secondary School, Tullamore said he was delighted to be involved in sharing his native language and experience with students, having acquired the skills while living, studying , traveling and working in Paris and elsewhere in France .

“I appreciate the importance of languages ​​as a life skill, an opportunity for students to think differently and create opportunities for the future. With all the languages ​​used by students and staff at our school, this module really helps to raise awareness and celebrate diversity within the school and community,” said Aubin.

This project involves the support of all staff with Brigit Clear, Headmistress, Gráinne Moran, Fifth/Sixth Grade teacher and Ms. Rebecca Madden, Sixth Grade teacher.

The module is being rolled out over three terms, with support from Languages ​​Connect and PPLI (Post-Primary Languages ​​Ireland), a unit of the Department of Education. A series of resources have been produced, including lesson plans for teachers and tutors and ‘language passports’ for all participating pupils (pictured below, another pupil from St Philomena) to show their families and their friends.

Kits have been sent to participating schools to help support both teaching and learning, but also the outreach objectives of the module. More information on the modules, tutor expression of interest and materials can be found at www.languagesconnect.ie/primary

Languages ​​Connect promotes the personal, social, professional and economic benefits of foreign language skills to principals, teachers, guidance counsellors, parents and students. Funded by the Department of Education and facilitated by Post Primary Languages ​​Ireland, as a key objective of Languages ​​Connect – Ireland’s for Foreign Languages ​​in Education 2017 – 2026. For all the latest updates, check out www.languagesconnect.ie or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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