Post-Primary Languages Ireland

Post-Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) is a dedicated unit providing expertise and support for foreign languages education in Ireland. PPLI was established in September 2000 with an original remit of diversifying, enhancing, and expanding the teaching of languages in second-level schools throughout Ireland. PPLI is fully funded by the Department of Education in Ireland.

PPLI supports a wide variety of stakeholders including government departments, education agencies, schools and teachers, and many other partners. We have responsibility for implementing key actions in Languages Connect – Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026 which was published by the Irish Government in December 2017.

The Languages Connect awareness raising campaign, a key action of the Strategy is facilitated by PPLI, aims to promote the personal, social, professional, and economic benefits of foreign language skills. The awareness raising campaign has a wide range of audiences including students, teachers, parents, principals, and guidance counsellors. We also work with Third Level Institutions, cultural institutes, embassies, and business groups to further the awareness of language learning across education and Irish society.

PPLI conducts applied research that informs and supports policy. We are involved in developing and implementing many new and exciting education projects included CLIL and Blended Learning. We continue to support the diversification of languages taught in Ireland through teacher upskilling schemes and CPD, additional allocation in schools, Communities of Practice, Leaving Cert Saturday Classes and many specially developed teaching resources and campaigns.

In 2021, PPLI facilitated the ‘Say Yes to Languages’ module in Primary schools nationwide. This language taster module gave over 40,000 primary pupils the opportunity to be introduced to a language other than English or Irish at Primary level.

The Team
The PPLI team has grown considerably over the past couple of years, and now includes Education Officers, Language Advisors, a team of Associates, a marketing team and a large number of foreign language teachers in a growing variety of languages.

For more information on the team, click here.

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For more information on progress and projects:

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report