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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.

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

Teachers in the NCCA's Primary School Network have been developing their practice in the teaching and learning of languages, with a focus on supporting children's progress in Irish. Read their stories, see videos of their work, and download information sheets below.

Collect samples of work

Using peer-assessment to record progress (sixth class)

Rang a sé: cur síos Rang a sé: cur síos
Rang a sé: réamhrá don tasc labhartha Rang a sé: réamhrá don tasc labhartha
Rang a sé: tasc labhartha Rang a sé: tasc labhartha
Rang a sé: tasc scríofa Rang a sé: tasc scríofa
Rang a sé. Tasc labhartha - athmhachnamh Rang a sé. Tasc labhartha - athmhachnamh
Rang a sé: athmhachnamh ar an tasc scríofa Rang a sé: athmhachnamh ar an tasc scríofa

Using self-assessment to record progress (senior infants)

Naíonáin shinsearacha: réamhrá Naíonáin shinsearacha: réamhrá
Naíonáin shinsearacha: ullmhúchan Naíonáin shinsearacha: ullmhúchan
Naíonáin shinsearacha: tasc labhartha Naíonáin shinsearacha: tasc labhartha
Naíonáin shinsearacha: taifead scríofa Naíonáin shinsearacha: taifead scríofa

Using oral tasks and video to record progress (multi-grade 4th-6th class)

Ranganna 4-6: Réamhrá Ranganna 4-6: Réamhrá
Ranganna 4-6: tasc scríofa agus labhartha Ranganna 4-6: tasc scríofa agus labhartha
Ranganna 4-6: tasc labhartha ar DVD Ranganna 4-6: tasc labhartha ar DVD
Ranganna 4-6, tascanna labhartha: athmhachnamh Ranganna 4-6, tascanna labhartha: athmhachnamh

Identify Goals:

Páistí ag roghnú spriocanna foghlama: réamhrá Páistí ag roghnú spriocanna foghlama: réamhrá
Naíonáin-rang 2: ag obair ar na spriocanna Naíonáin-rang 2: ag obair ar na spriocanna
Ranganna 3-6: ag obair ar na spriocanna Ranganna 3-6: ag obair ar na spriocanna
Páistí ag roghnú spriocanna foghlama: athmhachnamh Páistí ag roghnú spriocanna foghlama: athmhachnamh

Learning Activities:

The change in the teachers' practice is not the particular teaching methods or resources they use, but how they use them; how they reflect on the children's learning in Irish to build on what they already can do or understand. The teachers use a range of strategies, methods and resources, as outlined in the curriculum.

 

Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile: Support Materials

Curaclam na Gaeilge: Treoirlínte do Mhúinteoirí