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Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

The new specification for French, Italian, Spanish and German is available here. Its implementation will begin for First Year students in post-primary schools in September 2017.

A framework for the four Junior Cycle Modern Foreign Languages is being developed which will have exponents relating to French, German, Spanish and Italian that will be introduced to first years in September 2017.

Junior Cycle MFL  Consultation

Following an initial consultation on a Background Paper in 2015 (click here to access a report on the consultation), a draft specification for Junior Cycle MFL has been developed. It is presented as a framework for all four modern foreign languages - Italian, Spanish, French and German. 

Subject review

To provide a strong, representative and responsive basis for its curriculum and development work the NCCA established development groups to undertake specific tasks in subjects. The Modern Foreign Languages Development Group consisted of the nominees from a range of education stakeholders including teacher and management bodies, representatives of the four MFL teachers' associations, Department of Education and Skills, and the State Examinations Commission. Reports of development group meetings can be accessed below.

Development Group Meetings 01 and 02 May and September 2015

Development Group Meeting 03 October 2015

Development Group Meeting 04 November 4th 2015

Development Group Meeting 05 November 27th 2015

Development Group Meeting 06 December 15th 2015

The development of the new Modern Foreign Languages specification began in April 2015 with the generation of a background paper and brief. 

Read the background paper and brief for Modern Foreign Languages here.