Ireland’s Strategy For Foreign Languages In Education Implementation Plan 2017-2022

The 2008 Language Policy Profile, Ireland, published jointly by the Council of Europe and the then Department of Education and Science challenged Ireland “to move away from ‘an official but lame bilingualism’ to become a truly multilingual society, where the ability to learn and use two and more languages is taken for granted and fostered at every stage of the education system and throughout lifelong education.” Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education will address that challenge.

Full implementation of this Strategy will see a greater uptake of the study of foreign languages across the education sector, an increase in participation in mobility schemes such as Erasmus+, the learning of a more diverse range of languages in post-primary schools, and in the further education and higher education sectors.

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