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An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Language Curriculum

Find out about developments in the primary language curriculum.

Consultation on the draft Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile for third to sixth classes:

Consultation on the draft Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile for third to sixth class/do rang a trí go rang a sé ran from 19th February to 4th May. The consultation used a wide range of formats including online questionnaires, written submissions, focus groups, consultative seminars,work with schools and meetings with stakeholders. A significant consultation took place directly with schools, teachers and children, through the Primary Language School Network. Schools from around the country planned for and taught the draft curriculum from November 2017 to April 2018.

Drawing on the consultation findings, work will continue on the development of the curriculum with a focus on all four stages of the specification. The curriculum is moving towards finalisation and will be made available to schools in Autumn 2019.

The NCCA would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation process. To the principals and teachers in the school network, to everyone who completed the online questionnaire, to those who attended the public consultative seminars and to all the stakeholder groups who contributed or helped facilitate events, thank you all for your time and considered feedback. You can find details of the consultation process and findings in the publications section of our site and here.

Consultation on draft Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile for junior infants to second class

The consultation on the draft curriculum for junior infants to second class took place in Spring 2014. You can find details of the consultation process and findings in the publications section of our site here.

Research Papers 2019:

Promoting Oral Language Development in the Primary School: This research paper highlights up to date research in the area of oral language development and highlights effective pedagogy for promoting oral language development in the primary school

Improving Reading Comprehension in the Primary Classes: This research paper describes what is entailed in improving reading comprehension and makes recommendations for enabling primary school children to become proficient comprehenders.

Disciplinary Literacy in the Primary School: The purpose of this paper is to explain the concept of disciplinary literacy, to place it in context within literacy learning and to propose a series of recommendations with regard to disciplinary literacy instruction in the Irish primary school.

Writing Pedagogy in the Senior Classes: The purpose of this paper is to review recent research and practice in relation to the pedagogy of writing and to highlight key recommendations for practice.

Research Reports: 

Below are Research Reports and related podcasts that supported the development of the new Language Curriculum for primary schools:

Effective Language Teaching: This study identified practices that are considered effective for second language learners in contexts similar to primary schools in Ireland.

Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years) Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years)
Effective Language Teaching: A Synthesis of Research Effective Language Teaching: A Synthesis of Research
Oral Language in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years) Oral Language in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years)
Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum for Early Childhood and Primary Education Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum for Early Childhood and Primary Education

Please click here for access to a suite of materials available to support the Primary Language Curriculum