In addition to the resources listed below, the MLPSI team has compiled a reference bibliography for teachers who would like to undertake some further reading. The bibliography contains sections on Curriculum documentation, General background reading and a section on Focus on the Classroom. Please click here to go directly to the bibliography.

MLPSI Handbook

This comprehensive booklet contains a wealth of practical information and was designed by the Initiative team with new teachers specifically in mind. It deals with many topics, some of which address more general teaching issues, others are more practically oriented towards the language classroom.

Please click here to download the MLPSI Handbook.

Websites of interest

The Internet provides a wealth of resources for language learning and teaching. Please see below for a selection of useful websites which can be used by teachers for accessing educational information and materials. Teachers may need to check websites before using them in the classroom. Live links are provided where possible.

Please note ~ More language specific websites can be found in the language specific areas of the site.


Remember to use the target language ‘google’ when looking for authentic images, resources, activities or information – the ‘amazon’ site is also useful if looking for books in the target language (Italian)  (Spanish)  (German)  (French) - (All languages & English)

Cultural Institutions and Subject Teacher Associations

Italian: -  Associazione Insegnanti Italiano  

Spanish: – Association of Teachers of Spanish

German: – Gesellschaft der Deutschlehrer Irlands

French:  – French Teachers’ Association

General Educational Websites - Department of Education and Science  - National Council for Curriculum and Assessment - Primary Curriculum Support Programme – Post-primary Languages Initiative - School Development Planning Primary

The following websites contain activities and resources for all languages of the MLPSI except where stated – please see language specific resource sections for language specific sites  - especially good for storytelling activities   - French and Spanish only  – French and German only

Other Useful Websites

General Bibliography:  

Curriculum documentation:

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). (1999). Pilot Project on Modern Languages in the Primary School - Draft Curriculum Guidelines.  Ireland.

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). (2001). Modern Languages in Primary schools - Teacher Guidelines.  Ireland.

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), (2001). Primary School Curriculum -All subjects. Ireland.

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), (2005). Intercultural Education in the Primary School -  Guidelines for Schools.  Ireland.

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), (2002). Draft Guidelines for Teachers of Students with Mild Learning Disabilities.  Ireland.

Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative. MLPSI Handbook:

General background reading:

Brewster, J. &  Ellis, G. with Gerard, D. (2002). The primary English teacher's guide. Penguin English Guides.

Deller, S. &  Rinvolucri, M. (2002). Using the Mother Tongue - Making the most of the learner's language. Surrey: Delta Publishing/English Teaching Professional..

Gardner, H. (1999). Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century.  New York: Basic Books.

Lightbown, P.M. &  Spada, N. (1999).  How languages are learned (Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers).  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nunan, D. (1992).   Collaborative  Language  Learning and  Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Nunan, D. (1992). Language Teaching Methodology, a Textbook for Teachers: Princeton Hall..

European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) Publications (

Recommended from the CILT Pathfinder Series:

Kendall, H. (1998). Stimulating grammatical awareness. London: CILT Pathfinder 33.

Convery, A. and Coyle, D. (1999). Differentiation and individual learners - A guide to classroom practice. London: CILT Pathfinder 37.

Focus on the classroom:

Cave, S. (2006). 100+ Fun Ideas for Practising Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Classroom. Bedfordshire: Brilliant Publications.

Driscoll, P. & Frost, D. (Eds). (1999). The Teaching Of Modern Language In Primary School. London: Routledge.

loannou-Georgiou, S. &  Pavlou, P. (2003). Assessing young learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lee, W.R. (1965).  Language Teaching Games and Contests, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Phillips, D. & Burwood, S.  & Dunford, H.  (I999). Projects with young learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Philips, S. (1992). Teaching Young Learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Phillips, S. (1999). Drama with Children. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reilly, V. &  Ward, S.M. (1997). Very young learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Slattery, M. & Willis, J. (2001). English for primary teachers - A handbook of activities and classroom language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wright, A. (1995). Storytelling with Children. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  

CILT Young Pathfinder series for Primary Language Teachers:

- Cynthia Martin, Games and fun activities, (YPF2)

- Daniel Tierney and Patricia Dobson, Are you sitting comfortably? ~ Telling stories
to young language learners, (YPF3)

- Peter Satchwell, Keep talking: teaching in the target language, (YPF4)

- Christina Skarbek, First steps to reading and writing, (YPF5)

- Cynthia Martin with Catherine Cheater, Let's join in! (YPF6)

- Daniel Tiemey and Malcolm Hope, Making the link, (YPF7)

- Lydia Biriotti, Grammar is fun, (YPF8)

- Catherine Cheater and Anne Farren, The Literacy link, (YPF9)

- Manjula Datta, Cathy Pomphrey, A world of languages! (YPF10)

- Peter Satchwell & June de Silva, A flying start! (YPF11)

- Cynthia Martin & Anne Farren, Native speakers in the primary school, (YPI 2)

- Rosemary Bevis & Anne Gregory, Mind the gap! (YPF13)

- Therese Comfort & Dan Tierney, We have the technology (YPF14)

- Peter Satchwell & June de Silva, Speak up! (YPF15)