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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.

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