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Research Report No. 16

Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-12 years)

Pádraig Ó Duibhir and Jim Cummins.

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Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-12 years) Commissioned research report

Pádraig Ó Duibhir, St Patrick’s College, Dublin Jim Cummins, University of Toronto

2012

Research conducted on behalf of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-12 years)

© NCCA 2012 ISSN 1649-3362 National Council for Curriculum and Assessment 24, Merrion Square, Dublin 2. www.ncca.ie

Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-12 years)

Acknowledgements The Education Department in St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, thank the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment for commissioning and supporting this project. In addition, we are indebted to Hal O’Neill, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Arlene Foster and Cheryl Brennan of the NCCA for providing detailed feedback on earlier drafts of the report which led to a number of improvements in its content and structure. We also benefited greatly from advice given by Professor David Little as we embarked on the research. Finally, we would like to thank our academic colleagues in OISE and St Patrick’s College for their assistance in completing the report.

Reading Note Readers should note that this report is one of three research papers published in 2012 in support of the development of a new primary language curriculum, as Nos. 14, 15, and 16 in the NCCA’s Research Report Series (ISSN 1649-3362): • Oral Language in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years) Drs. Gerry Shiel, Áine Cregan, Anne McGough and Peter Archer • Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years) Drs. Eithne Kennedy, Elizabeth Dunphy, Bernadette Dwyer, Geraldine Hayes, Thérèse McPhillips, Jackie Marsh, Maura O’Connor and Gerry Shiel • Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum for Primary Schools (3-12 years) Dr. Pádraig Ó Duibhir and Prof. Jim Cummins In recognition of the many important links between their subject matter, especially between the Oral Language and Literacy papers, a measure of cross-referencing has been brought to the reports. This has been achieved through: • a cross-referencing table, included as Appendix C, showing where corresponding or related material appears in the companion report/s • the inclusion of embedded hyperlinks in the Portable Document Format (PDF) of the reports. The three reports are also published in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the NCCA website at: http://www.ncca.ie along with a series of podcasts of key messages from the reports.

Towards an Integrated Language Curriculum in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-12 years)

Acronyms and words in the Irish language ALM Audio-lingual method BICS Basic interpersonal communicative skills CALP Cognitive academic language proficiency CEFR Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CLIL Content and Language Integrated Learning DES Department of Education and Skills (previously Department of Education and Science) EAL English as an additional language ELA English language arts ELP European Language Portfolio Gaeilge Irish language Gaeltacht Irish-speaking community IILT Integrate Ireland Language and Training ILC Integrated language curriculum IM Irish-medium L1, L2, L3 First language, second language, third language (of learner) LGL Gaelic learners (as L2 in Scotland) MFL Modern foreign language MLAN Modern languages MLPSI Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative Naíonra Irish-medium playgroup NCCA National Council for Curri