Planning & Assessment

This section provides some guidance on Planning for the teaching and learning of a Modern Language at School and Classroom levels.
1. MLPSI Whole School Planning for the Modern Language:

'The teaching of the language and the benefits accruing from it will be enhanced by a whole-school approach, where the language class is not seen as an 'extra' but rather as an integral part of the school curriculum.'  - Teacher Guidelines (p. 35) Modern Languages in Primary Schools, NCCA, 1999.

Please click here to download a planning template with prompts to assist Principals and staff in the formulation of a School Plan for Modern Languages in your school. A blank template can be downloaded by clicking here .

Allocating Time to the Modern Language:

The following document has been prepared to assist Principals and their staffs in the allocation of time for the modern language - please click here to download these helpful guidelines.

Role of the staff in adopting a Whole School Approach:

All members of staff have a role to play in developing a whole school approach to the modern language through planning for

- visibility of the language and culture

- communication between all within the school community

- collaboration between teachers

Whole school planning includes planning for the integration of the modern language at the three levels of the curriculum, class events and school events. Templates to facilitate planning and collaboration in these three areas are downloadable by clicking here .

Further guidance on planning a whole school approach to the modern language is provided in:

2. MLPSI Classroom Planning for the Modern Language:

"It is essential to ensure that the (modern language) programme is planned and ensures logical progression in the language learning process. It is important when planning the programme for the year to ensure that all the functions will be covered throughout the year within the context of the topics. During the second year of language learning the children will revisit these functions and be enabled to fulfill them in a more sophisticated manner". - Section 4, Teacher Guidelines, NCCA Modern Languages in Primary Schools, p.43.

Planning, record keeping and assessment are essential components of a successful implementation of the Modern Language curriculum. Schemes of works are required for the Modern Language as they are for all other subject areas. Besides the integration of stands and strand units, schemes of work should include cross-curricular links. The Modern Language schemes of work prepared by the language teacher are useful tools for collaboration with class teachers. They also serve as a basis for record keeping and assessment.

Different styles of planning templates are available to MLPSI teachers. Teachers are free to choose the templates which best suit them. They can also adapt the format of the templates to suit their own style providing they retain the necessary components. Some sample templates are included here for download in Word format:

a. Topic progression plan 

b. Term plan   (one page)

c. Term plan 2 long version  (suitable for collaboration)

d. Weekly scheme of work  

e. Monthly plan

f. Lesson plan / Plean Ceachta   (NEW!)  

Cuntas Miosuil Guidelines have been developed for teachers in MLPSI schools, together with a blank Cuntas Miosuil template and a completed sample template . These documents can also be found on the MLPSI School Pack CD which is given to all MLPSI schools when they join the programme. 

Further guidelines on classroom planning are available in:

  • Section 4, Teacher Guidelines, NCCA Modern Languages in Primary Schools, pp. 43-52
  • Course and lesson planning section , MLPSI Handbook, pp.5-10
  • Integrating the three curriculum strands, MLPSI handbook, pp.18-23
  • Integrating the five skills, MLPSI handbook, pp.51-53
  • Cross-curricular links, MLPSI handbook, pp.24-33 
  • My European Language Portfolio (MLPSI ELP), in particular the 'can do' checklists in My Language Biography

Sample Plans on the topic of Where I Live:

Here you will find sample plans for 5th and 6th classes for teaching the topic of 'Where I Live'. The plans are not prescriptive and are samples only.


5th Class      

6th Class

Italian Where_I_live_5th_class_Italian.doc Where_I_live__6th_class_Italian.doc
German Where_I_live_5th_planGerman.doc Where_I_live_plan_6thGerman.doc
Spanish Where_I_live_5th_plan_Spanish.doc Where_I_live_plan_2_6th_Spanish.doc
French Where_I_live_5th_plan_FR.doc Where_I_live_plan_6th_FR.doc