Nathalie Duffy Saive (www.nathaliesfrenchconnection.com) is proud and delighted to deliver the Language Primary Sampler Module over the school year 2021/22 as a French Tutor (member of the community).
The Languages Connect Sampler Module is facilitating some Primary Schools to introduce their pupils to a Modern Foreign Language of their choice or Irish Sign Language (ISL). The modules are delivered over a six-week period for up to one hour a week, during school time and are aimed at third to sixth class pupils.
The initial Expression of Interest in June 2021 had a very high number of applications. Over 500 schools are now involved during the 21/22 school year. Nearly 40,000 primary pupils are introduced to a new language.
The Language Sampler Module is an excellent opportunity to:
- Generate awareness among primary school pupils of the range of languages used, in their schools and communities. This will favour greater inclusion and appreciation of diversity in our society.
- Encourage uptake of languages at post-primary level and open future professional doors.
- Provide opportunities for increased levels of collaboration among the school community with regard to the celebration of languages and cultures.
- Support implementation of Languages Connect, Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017–2026.
More information on the huge benefits of this scheme can be found here.
Being a French native, living in Ireland for the past 19 years, I am delighted to be part of such an amazing opportunity!
I absolutely adore sharing my mother tongue and cultural facts to young children. My background in the Childcare sector is a huge benefit to delivering the module. I will be delivering the Language Sampler Module in my community school in Term 2 along others; what joy and excitement to be cheered on by my own two children who I’m sure will act as my little assistants!
I love the fact that this venture is not centred on acquiring skills on a unique language but is focus on developing language awareness. I thoroughly enjoy inspiring children into widening their horizons and I know some of them will continue into their language journeys. What a tremendous opportunity!
I have been delivering the Module in Term 1 to St Patrick’s Boys National School in Castlebar. I have been delighted to see the interest and engagement of both pupils and adults.
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