Modern Languages Policy


Ratified by BOM ________________ 

Proposed by:_________________ 

               Seconded by:_________________                 


Mr. Ned O’Callaghan

  Chairperson Board of Management


  Adopted by the Board of Management

Consultation Process

May 2015: Discussion at Spanish and French Subject Department meetings


The study of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for the students of Presentation Secondary School.

In studying a modern language students develop their communication and literacy skills. They also develop linguistic competence, extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences and similarities between foreign languages and English.

Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world and introduces an international dimension to students’ learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.

The study of a foreign language provides a medium for cross-curricular links and for reinforcement of knowledge, skills and understanding developed in other subjects.

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of studying a Modern Foreign Language are to:

  • Foster an interest in learning other languages.
  • Introduce students to another language in a way that is enjoyable and fun.
  • Stimulate and encourage student’s curiosity about language.
  • Encourage students to be aware that language has structure and that the structure differs from one language to another.
  • Help the students develop their awareness of cultural differences in other countries.
  • Develop their speaking and listening skills.
  • Extend language teaching beyond mother tongue learning.
  • Subject Specific Planning

All modules are developed with outline of Learning Intentions, Success Criteria and Assessment For Learning incorporated throughout the plan.

  • Foreign Language Planning

The Spanish and French Departments meet on a regular basis to discuss effective classroom activities, marking of exams, AFL, etc. They share (visual) resources wherever possible.

  • Planning Across All Subject Areas

Staff contribute to the “Community of Practice” in the school by collaboratively planning in order to continue reflective, professional dialogue across all subject areas.

Organisation of Languages at Junior Cycle

French and Spanish are offered as Modern Foreign Languages at Junior Cycle, Students joining the school in First Year have the opportunity to study both French and Spanish, to experience both languages before making subject choices.

Organisation of Languages in Transition Year

French and Spanish are offered as part of the core subjects in the Transition Year Programme.

The aim of this programme is to consolidate students’ language skills and further develop their culture awareness.

Students of Spanish in Transition Year take part in an on-line cultural exchange programme with students in a school in Spain.

Organisation of Languages at Senior Cycle

French and Spanish are offered as Modern Foreign Languages at Senior Cycle. It is school policy that students continue to study the language that they sat for their Junior Certificate examination.

Whilst languages at Senior Cycle are taught in mixed ability classes the expectation is that a student who sat the ordinary level examination at Junior Certificate will study the ordinary level course at Leaving Certificate.

There may be circumstances when a student would not study a language in Senior Cycle.

The decision to withdraw from the study of a language at senior cycle has far reaching career implications for the students. Parents/Guardians are invited to meet with the careers guidance counsellor before any decisions are made.

When appropriate the special needs department will meet with parents to support them with their son/daughter’s subject choices at Leaving Certificate.

Review and Evaluation

As part of its Development Planning Presentation Secondary School will monitor, review and evaluate this Policy and all related work and procedure on an ongoing basis to ensure legal compliance and the maintenance of best practices.