Language is presented under two subject headings: English and Gaeilge.
Language has a vital role to play in children's development. Much learning takes place through the interaction of language and experience. Language helps the child to clarify and interpret experience, to acquire new concepts, and to add depth to concepts already grasped. In view of this crucial relationship between language and learning the curriculum incorporates the use of talk and discussion as a central learning strategy in every curriculum area. This facilitates the exploration of ideas, emotions and reactions through increasingly complex language, thus deepening the child's understanding of the world.
In schools in Ireland children may be taught through the medium of English or of Irish. It is a particular feature of Irish primary education that children, from the beginning of schooling, have an experience of language learning in two languages. There is a separate Irish curriculum for schools where teaching is through the medium of Irish.
Modern languages in the Primary School Curriculum
English as an additional language