CCEA’s first Modern Languages Symposium explores Progression Pathways for Learners

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) hosted, for the first time, a Modern Languages symposium for primary and post primary teachers - ‘Supporting Progression Pathways for Learners’ in March 2019.

Approximately sixty representatives from primary and post-primary schools, language communities and industry explored a variety of topics that included: current trends in modern languages; policy development and Progression Pathways in languages.

Supported by speakers from Queen’s University Belfast; Primary and Post-primary schools; Terex and CCEA, participants made suggestions that will help to inform CCEA’s future work to encourage participation in the learning of modern languages in terms of curriculum support, assessment and qualifications.

The presentations and the Summary of Participants’ Feedback can be accessed here.  CCEA Modern Languages Symposium

Justin Edwards, CCEA’s CEO commented:
CCEA were delighted to host this event and explore, in detail, the challenges in languages provision. There are many compelling arguments for languages provision within the curriculum, including the economic benefits and employment opportunities.

Sharon Lamont, Principal of Millburn Primary School, Coleraine, who spoke at CCEA’s Modern Languages Symposium, commented:
The acquisition of learning a new language far outreaches the development of a new and different vocabulary.  It positively impacts on the individual’s capacity to be successful across the curriculum; it enhances personal development and importantly, mutually respectful understanding of other cultures which are crucial within our increasingly globalised society.  In summary, the acquisition of language empowers the individual.

It was a great pleasure to be provided the opportunity, at CCEA’s invitation, to share this Millburn Primary School vision with the audience.”


From left to right: Esther Martin, Programme Manager for Qualifications Development, CCEA; Jayne Fitzgerald, Education Manager for Languages, CCEA; Ruth Kennedy, Business Manager, Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting, CCEA; Dearbhaile Mulholland, Marketing Manager, Powerscreen; Professor Janice Carruthers, Professor of French Linguistics , Queen’s University Belfast; Dr Ana Kerr, CCEA Council

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