The Italian Wave

How to keep it?

1 Jul 2021

Would you like to keep Italian in your school at no cost? Yes, you can. Thanks to the Languages Connect - Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026, post-primary schools can apply for additional allocation hours for introducing Italian in their curriculum.


Apply for additional Foreign Language allocation 

Post-primary schools can apply for additional allocation hours for the specific purpose of introducing Italian in the curriculum in their school (Circular 0006/2020).   

Criteria for applying 

  • Availability of a post-primary registered and qualified teacher 
  • Commitment to provide the language for a minimum of 2 years with a view to long term provision provided through the school’s regular allocation. Italian should be introduced in 1st year of Junior Cycle in the case of a full specification or in 1st or 2nd year in the case of a short course, OR at the beginning of Senior Cycle. In Year 2 the language should be provided in two-year groups, and in Year 3 in three-year groups. Foreign Language Allocation will be increased each year.
  • Minimum number of students taking Italian: 8. 

For more information see the Circular 0006/2020. 

Department of Italian


First Floor Block A West, O' Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Ireland