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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)


A Common Approach to Teacing Grammar in Modern Foreign Languages


A repeat of Autumn 2016 Workshop


The aim of the workshop is to :

  • provide a forum for language teachers to engage impractical strategies, enabling them to confidently engage in teaching grammar in context in their classrooms
  • share best practice with other Modern Foreign Language teachers including the 4 Step Approach to teaching grammar
  • reflect on current teaching approaches.


To book your place at the workshop go to PDST event booking 






Our first National MFL Seminar - MFL Alive 2015 in Maynooth University was a wonderful success. Many thanks to so many of you who attended and made it such a wonderful day for language teachers!

Please see for all information and resources pertaining to the seminar.


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


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 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


German Teachers Assocation 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