Limerick students to say ‘bonjour’ as part of language course

Students from Scoil Fhionáin in Kilfinane, who will be taking part in the Say Yes to Languages programme.

STUDENTS in one Limerick school will be saying ‘bonjour’ as they are set to take part in an eight-week French language module.

Fifth and sixth class pupils from Scoil Fhionáin in Kilfinane will take part in the ‘Say Yes to Languages’ initiative which aims to introduce children to a second language.

Schools nationwide have the opportunity to take part in the eight week course, with a variety of languages on offer including French, Spanish, Arabic, and Irish Sign Language.

The two classes at Scoil Fhionáin will be immersed in the French language and culture as part of their course.

Principal of Scoil Fhionáin, Bridgette Cahill, said that the programme is a great way to introduce students to a new language.

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“We are delighted to be bringing Say Yes to Languages to Scoil Fhionáin this year. The eight-week module for our two classes will be a great introduction to the new subject ‘Modern Foreign Language’ which will be introduced over the next number of years as part of the new primary school curriculum.”

The students will be taught by teachers, or people from the wider school community, including those who may be native French speakers.

In Kilfinane, Elaine McCarthy and Anthony Punch will be delivering the module to Mr Walsh’s sixth class and Mr Connaughton’s fifth class groups at Scoil Fhionáin.

Both teachers are excited to have the opportunity to share their passion and love for French with the pupils of Scoil Fhionáin.

“We are excited to offer the pupils the opportunity to explore the French language this year. It is a fun, interactive and engaging module which really begins to set the foundations for an ongoing positive relationship with languages,” said teacher David Walsh.

“This will be of great benefit to the pupils as they continue through their education, hopefully bringing a love of language with them. Learning a new language not only enhances cognitive abilities but also promotes cultural diversity and opens doors to future academic and professional prospects,” Mr Walsh concluded.