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French - An Introduction

On this page you will find French Resources for teachers and pupils in primary education. Some of the sites listed below are a useful resource for French classes.

This is a resource for teachers, parents and of course the children that are using Modern Languages, particularly French, in primary schools in County Kildare, Ireland. All submissions and suggestions for this section of the site are most welcome.

The Pilot Project for Modern Languages commenced in primary schools in September 1998 and ran for a two-year period. It is being taught in all fifth and sixth classes in selected schools. The target language is taught for one-and-a-half hours per class, per week. Teaching is through the medium of the target language.

The four languages involved are French, German, Spanish and Italian. It involves a broad spectrum of primary schools, including, urban and rural schools, gaelscoileanna, gaeltacht schools, schools in disadvantaged areas, schools for children with special needs and multi-denominational schools.

1300 schools applied for the project and approximately 270 were chosen initially. The numbers involved have increased slightly during the second year of the project.

There are: 140 schools teaching French. Check with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment for up to date information on the projects progress.

The areas involved are Communicative Competence, Language Awareness and Cultural Awareness.

The four language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing are being developed and integrated within the three areas.

The project is being administered by Kildare Education Centre.

Seven project leaders have been appointed in order to provide linguistic and pedagogical support in the four languages to schools and teachers involved in the project.

A Project Officer will publish a Report following the conclusion of the project. The NCCA will use this Report to assist in assessing the feasibility of introducing a modern language at fifth and sixth class levels in the primary school.


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