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English Language Support Programme

When the English Language Support Programme started there were some 18,000 primary pupils and 8,000 post-primary students whose first language was neither English nor Irish.

This programme developed a practical and cost-effective approach to the teaching of English as a second language in post-primary schools. Its outcomes included research insights into the language learning difficulties experienced by newcomer students and a substantial bank of teaching and learning resources. These resources are available on the English Language Resource Programme website

Academic Leader: Professor David Little,
Research Fellow: Dr. Zachary Lyons,
Research Fellow: Dr. Barbara Lazenby Simpson
Materials Developer: Ms. Linda Richardson
Research Student: Ms. Rachael Fionda,
Research Student: Ms. Stergiani Kostopoulou,


The English Language Support Programme won the 2009 European Award for Languages (Léargas) -

Jury's comments "Feedback from involved teachers very positive about motivation of students and this is motivating for teachers...Very impressed with project...Valuable idea transferable to e.g. Gaelscoileanna."

Pages relating to the project have been archived and were last updated in July 2012.