Junior Cycle - Modern Foreign Languages



A sincere thank you to all teachers, coordinators, local facilitators, associates and advisors who have designed workshops for Modern Foreign Languages and contributed to all our resources on the PDST site.



Continuous Professional Development (CPD)



Autumn and Spring courses are provided in MFL each year. See events calendar for further details.



Registration for MFL Teachers 


Register your details with the PDST MFL so that we can keep you up to date with all the latest news and information by emailing [email protected]



For School Based Support


All schools can apply for subject based support. To avail of school based support for modern foreign languages follow this link.



Additional Supports



The Post-Primary Languages Initiative (PPLI) offers a wonderful range of supports  and resources for language(s) teachers. Their website is www.languagesinitiative.ie and it endeavours to provide:


  • a place where language teachers can share resources and materials that are relevant to language teaching methodology in general, the teaching of the lesser taught modern foreign languages (Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) on the Irish curriculum in Irish post-primary schools, and the new languages that are spoken as home languages in Ireland

  • information and opportunities in relation to language learning and teaching at post-primary level

  • a platform for CPD and languages upskilling for modern foreign language teachers

  • information and links to relevant research on foreign languages policy in Ireland, foreign languages needs in Ireland, and other relevant materials.


Take a look at their first online tutorial on the use of the target language in the classroom!



The following Subject Associations also offer great support for language teachers:


Association of Teachers of Italian


Association of Teachers of Spanish


French Teachers Association of  Ireland


Gernan Teachers Association of Ireland



PDST Contact

Esther Herlihy is the Administrator for Modern Foreign Languages and is  based in Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Co Navan.  Esther can be contacted by phone on 046 9078382. The e-mail address for Modern Foreign Languages  is [email protected]