The Institute, under the guidance and supports of the CI Headquarters and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in Ireland, is in the process of developing Chinese language and culture as a fully recognised Transition Year curriculum unit for Irish post-primary schools. 45 hours teaching materials for the unit have been developed and produced, including on-line materials, workshops, games for both indoor and outdoor activities, face-to-face materials and DVDs.
The teaching materials were piloted by 20 selected schools in the academic year of 2010-11 and were revised according to feedback received from Irish secondary school teachers and pupils. In the academic year 2011-12, Chinese language and culture is now officially taught in Irish post-primary schools nationally, firstly as a transition year unit but with the aim of expanding to become a full curricular subject.
The project has received an overwhelming positive response from Irish secondary schools and the 20 schools who piloted the teaching programme were situated in various different regions across whole the country. It is believed that the project will be a remarkable milestone in the history of Irish second-level education and in the near future Chinese will be, side by side with many European languages and Japanese, a curriculum subject for Irish pupils.
-Loreto Secondary School, Bray
-Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin
-Mercy College Sligo
-Ashbourne Community School
-Presentation College Athenry, Co.Galway
-St. Louis Secondary School